USBPHYC internal peripheral

1 Article purpose[edit]

The purpose of this article is to

  • briefly introduce the USBPHYC peripheral and its main features
  • indicate the level of security supported by this hardware block
  • explain how each instance can be allocated to the three runtime contexts and linked to the corresponding software components
  • explain, when necessary, how to configure the USBPHYC peripheral.

2 Peripheral overview[edit]

The USBPHYC peripheral is a block that contains a dual port USB high-speed UTMI+ PHY and a UTMI switch. It makes the interface between:

  • the internal USB controllers (USBH and OTG)
  • the external USB physical lines (DP, DM)

2.1 Features[edit]

The USBPHYC peripheral:

  • controls a two port high-speed PHY:
    • Port1 connected to the USBH controller
    • Port2 connected via the UTMI+switch to the USBH or to the OTG controller
  • sets the PLL values
  • performs other controls (and monitoring) on the PHY.


Refer to STM32MP15 reference manuals for the complete list of features, and to the software components, introduced below, to see which features are implemented.

2.2 Security support[edit]

The USBPHYC is a non-secure peripheral.

3 Peripheral usage and associated software[edit]

3.1 Boot time[edit]

USBPHYC instances are boot devices that support Flash programming with STM32CubeProgrammer.

The USBPHYC peripheral is used by ROM code, FSBL and SSBL when using OTG in Device mode (DFU).

The SSBL can use OTG in Host mode or USBH (mass storage). The USBPHYC peripheral can be used to boot on a kernel stored on a USB key, or after a kernel panic to perform the crash dump saving to the USB key.

3.2 Runtime[edit]

3.2.1 Overview[edit]

The USBPHYC peripheral can be allocated to the the Arm® Cortex®-A7 non-secure core to be used under Linux® with PHY framework.

The peripheral assignment chapter describes which peripheral instance can be assigned to which context.

3.2.2 Software frameworks[edit]

Domain Peripheral Software frameworks Comment

High-speed interface USBPHYC (USB HS PHY controller) Linux PHY framework

3.2.3 Peripheral configuration[edit]

The configuration is applied by the firmware running in the context to which the peripheral is assigned. The configuration can be done alone via the STM32CubeMX tool for all internal peripherals, and then manually completed (particularly for external peripherals) according to the information given in the corresponding software framework article.

For Linux kernel configuration, please refer to USBPHYC device tree configuration.

3.2.4 Peripheral assignment[edit]

Internal peripherals

Check boxes illustrate the possible peripheral allocations supported by STM32 MPU Embedded Software:

  • means that the peripheral can be assigned () to the given runtime context.
  • is used for system peripherals that cannot be unchecked because they are statically connected in the device.

Refer to How to assign an internal peripheral to a runtime context for more information on how to assign peripherals manually or via STM32CubeMX.
The present chapter describes STMicroelectronics recommendations or choice of implementation. Additional possiblities might be described in STM32MP15 reference manuals.

Domain Peripheral Runtime allocation Comment
Instance Cortex-A7

High speed interface USBPHYC (USB HS PHY controller) USBPHYC (USB HS PHY controller)