- Run-time programmable master or slave mode operation
- High bit rates
- Bit rates generated in Master mode: ÷2, ÷4, ÷8, ÷10, ÷12, …, ÷512 of the system clock
- Bit rates supported in slave mode: fSCK <= fSYSCLK ÷ 4
- Eight Slave Select lines
- Eight Chip Select lines
- Configurable RX and TX FIFOs
- Little or Big Endian byte mapping in multi-byte frames
- Technology independent HDL source code (soft core)
- Optimized netlist for Actel, Altera, Lattice, and Xilinx devices also available (firm core)
Designed for High Quality
- Robust verification includes integrated testbench environment and example tests cases
- Scan-ready design architecture
- Fully synchronous design with one clock domain
SPI IP Core SPI_MS Serial Peripheral Interface Master/Slave Core
The Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) allows high-speed synchronous serial data transfers between microprocessors, microcontrollers and peripheral devices. The SPI_MS core implements the Serial Peripheral Interface, which can operate either as a master or as a slave.
When operating in master mode, the core generates the serial data clock (SCK) and selects the slave device, which will be addressed. The master is able to generate single-byte or multi-byte frames. The internal data path of the core is configurable to 8, 16 or 32-bit width. When using a wider that 8-bit data-path, the core is able to generate partial word transfers, by generating frames with less bytes than the data path width. In this manner the core can transmit a data stream with length that is not a multiple of the data-path width.
When operating in slave mode, another master device generates the serial data clock and activates the slave select input of the core, in order to communicate. The slave is able to split the received data in partial words, in the case that a smaller than the data-path width frame is received. The slave incorporates mechanisms to reject input noise from the SPI bus, achieving a reliable data reception. Transmitted data are also accurately synchronized with the Serial Clock of the SPI bus.
The core was carefully designed to provide the most reliable communication possible, and to achieve very high bit rates.
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The core is suitable for implementing serial interfaces in a wide range of applications, including:
- Communication with Flash Memories
- Embedded microprocessor and SOCs
- Consumer and professional audio/video
The core as delivered is warranted against defects for ninety days from purchase. Thirty days of phone and email technical support are included, starting with the first interaction. Additional maintenance and support options are available.
The core has been verified through extensive simulation and rigorous code coverage measurements. It has also been verified in a prototyping FPGA board platform.
The core is available in ASIC (synthesizable HDL) and FPGA (netlist) forms, and includes everything required for successful implementation:
- VHDL or Verilog RTL source code (ASICs) or post-synthesis EDIF netlist (FPGAs)
- Sophisticated self-checking Testbench (Verilog versions use Verilog 2001) including external FIFOs, buffers, models of interfaces, and the core
- Simulation scripts
- Synthesis script (ASICs) or place and route script (FPGAs)
- Comprehensive user documentation, including detailed specifications and a system integration guide