SAI internal peripheral

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Applicable for STM32MP13x lines, STM32MP15x lines

1 Article purpose[edit]

The purpose of this article is to:

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

2 Peripheral overview[edit]

The SAI (Serial Audio Interface) offers a wide set of audio protocols, such as: I2S standards (LSB or MSB-justified), PCM/DSP, TDM and S/PDIF. The SAI contains two independent audio sub-blocks. Each sub-block has its own clock generator and I/O line controller, and can be configured either as transmitter or receiver.

2.1 Features[edit]

Refer to STM32MP13 reference manuals or STM32MP15 reference manuals for the complete feature list, and to the software components, introduced below, to see which features are implemented.

2.2 Security support[edit]

All the SAI instances are non secure peripherals.

3 Peripheral usage and associated software[edit]

3.1 Boot time[edit]

The SAI is not used at boot time.

3.2 Runtime[edit]

3.2.1 Overview[edit]

SAI instances can be allocated to:

Chapter #Peripheral assignment exposes which instance can be assigned to which context.

3.2.2 Software frameworks[edit] On STM32MP13x lines Warning.png[edit]
Domain Peripheral Software components Comment
OP-TEE Linux
Audio SAI ALSA framework On STM32MP15x lines More info.png[edit]

Internal peripherals software table template

| Audio
| ALSA framework
| STM32Cube SAI driver

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, then manually completed (particularly for external peripherals), according to the information given in the corresponding software framework article.

When the Arm® Cortex®-A7 core operates in non-secure access mode, the SAI is controlled by the Linux kernel framework. Refer to SAI Linux driver to drive the SAI through Linux kernel ALSA framework. Refer to Soundcard configuration and SAI device tree configuration to configure the SAI through the Linux kernel device tree[1].

3.2.4 Peripheral assignment[edit] On STM32MP13x lines Warning.png[edit]

Click on the right to expand the legend...


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.
  • means that the peripheral can be assigned to the given runtime context, but this configuration is not supported in STM32 MPU Embedded Software distribution.
  • 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 STM32MP13 reference manuals.

Domain Peripheral Runtime allocation Comment
Instance Cortex-A7
Audio SAI SAI1 Assignment (single choice)
SAI2 Assignment (single choice) On STM32MP15x lines More info.png[edit]

Internal peripherals assignment table template

| rowspan="4" | Audio
| rowspan="4" | SAI
| SAI1
| Assignment (single choice)
| SAI2
| Assignment (single choice)
| SAI3
| Assignment (single choice)
| SAI4
| Assignment (single choice)


4 How to go further[edit]

STM32H7 SAI training [2] introduces the SAI features and applications. The SAI versions in STM32H7 and STM32MP1 Series are very close. In consequence this training is also relevant for STM32MP1 Series. The user should refer to the STM32MP13 reference manuals or STM32MP15 reference manuals for a complete description.

5 References[edit]