SAI Linux driver

1 Article purpose[edit]

This article introduces the SAI Linux® driver for the SAI internal peripheral.

2 Short Description[edit]

The SAI[1] Linux driver is an ASoC CPU DAI driver implemented in the Linux ALSA framework.

3 Configuration[edit]

3.1 Kernel Configuration[edit]

Activate the SAI[1] Linux driver in the kernel configuration using the Linux Menuconfig tool: Menuconfig or how to configure kernel.

[*] Device Drivers
    [*] Sound card support
        [*] Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
            [*] ALSA for SoC audio support
                STMicroelectronics STM32 SOC audio support
	             [*] STM32 SAI interface (Serial Audio Interface) support

3.2 Device tree[edit]

Refer to the SAI device tree configuration article when configuring the SAI Linux kernel driver.

4 How to use[edit]

The SAI Linux driver can be accessed from userland through an ALSA device. Refer to ALSA overview for information on how to list and use ALSA devices.

5 How to trace and debug[edit]

The debugfs and procfs file system can be checked to get information on the SAI driver and the resources it uses. A non-exhaustive list of these file system entries is provided below. Refer to ALSA overview for more details on debugging tools.

  • debugfs entries:
$ cat /sys/kernel/debug/regmap/
  • procfs entries:
$ cat /proc/interrupts

6 Source code location[edit]

The STM32 SAI peripheral includes two independent audio subblocks that share common resources. The driver source code reflects this architecture.

sound/soc/stm/stm32_sai.c : handles common resources such as clock, interrupt, reset and shared register.

sound/soc/stm/stm32_sai_sub.c : handles the resources dedicated to each subblock.

7 References[edit]

Serial Audio Interface

ALSA System on Chip

Central processing unit

Digital Audio Interface

Advanced Linux sound architecture

Process File System (See for more details)

Debug File System (See for more details)