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Author Topic: Using same MPSSE channel for SPI and GPIO  (Read 318 times)

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Using same MPSSE channel for SPI and GPIO
« on: March 16, 2023, 08:06:01 PM »

Hi,

I was wondering if I can configure the same MPSSE channel for SPI and use the remaining 4 pins on the same channel as GPIO (for chip select)?

The LibMPSSE library has a FT_WriteGPIO function, but sets an entire byte and seems to indicate you would use the entire MPSSE channel as GPIO. If it was possible, how would I set just the lower 4 bits when the other 4 lines are used for SPI?

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Re: Using same MPSSE channel for SPI and GPIO
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2023, 04:29:58 PM »

Hello,

This can only be done when using D2xx direct and not using LibMPSSE.

When using LibMPSSE, GPIOL[0:3] can only be used as SPI chip selects.
 
When using LibMPSSE, there is no way to control GPIOL[0:3] as GPIO.
 
LibMPSSE demonstrates controlling the higher line bytes (GPIOH) while using SPI on the lower line bytes using the following functions:
 
FT_WriteGPIO
FT_ReadGPIO
 
If you want to control some of the unused lower line bytes on the same ADBUS as SPI then see AN_411 FTx232H MPSSE I2C Master Example in C which demonstrates GPIO usage with MPSSE using D2xx direct (not using LibMPSSE).
This could be used as a base to understand using both SPI/GPIO in the same code.
OK this example is for I2C but the same principles apply to SPI.

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