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SPI — SPI support


The Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) is a low level synchronous protocol. Chips that support SPI can have data transfer rates up to several tens of Mbps. Chips are addressed with a controller and a chipselect. Most SPI slaves don't support dynamic device discovery; some are even write-only or read-only.

SPI is widely used by microcontrollers to talk with sensors, EEPROM and flash memory, codecs and various other controller chips, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, and more. MMC and SD cards can be accessed using SPI protocol; and for DataFlash cards used in MMC sockets, SPI must always be used.

SPI is one of a family of similar protocols using a four-wire interface (select, clock, data in, and data out), including Microwire (half duplex), SSP, SSI, and PSP. This driver framework should work with most such devices and controllers.

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