TS-7180 TWI

From Technologic Systems Manuals

The i.MX6 supports standard I2C at 100khz, or using fast mode for 400khz operation. The CPU has 2 I2C buses used on the TS-7180.

I2C 1 is internal to the TS-7180 and connects to the onboard Silabs supervisory microcontroller at 100khz; and to the onboard ST M41T00S real-time clock (RTC).

/dev/i2c-0
Address Device
0x4a #Silabs
0x68 #RTC

The second I2C bus is connected to the onboard FPGA. This bus also runs at 400khz by default.

/dev/i2c-2
Address Device
0x28-0x2f #FPGA


In addition to the CPU i2c buses, a bit-banged i2c interface is available on the daughter-card interface, using gpio. The following command will instantiate (create a device node for) a new ssd1306 display at I2C address 0x3C:

  echo ssd1306 0x3c > /sys/bus/i2c/devices/i2c-4/new_device

Once this is done, i2c-tools can manipulate the I2C device, or a the downstream developer can write their own client. Technologic Systems has provided a simple client program for writing to an SSD1306 OLED display connected to the HD1 connector. The photo below shows output on the display.

Download the source-code tarball here: File:Ssd1306-demo.tar.gz


Note: It is also possible to request the kernel to bitbang additional I2C buses as needed. See an example here.

The kernel makes the I2C available at /dev/i2c-#. You can use the i2c-tools (i2cdetect, i2cget, i2cset), or you can write your own client.