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Support Question of the Week: Using the Cheetah SPI Host Adapter Software to Insert Delays in SPI Traffic

Q: We are developing a system to log SPI data transfers with an embedded system. We are using the CheetahTM SPI Host Adapter to generate SPI traffic. So far, it works with single data transfers.  The system requirements:

  • The length of each data package is 128 bytes.
  • We need a 0.1 millisecond pause before sending the next package.
  • During the pause, the chip select (active low) will be HIGH, the SPI-Clock is idle (LOW) and transmission restarts for the next package.

However, to generate traffic, it looks like we need to insert a delay, such as "delay idle 1024 clock cycles". How can we do that?

Thanks for your question! Data transfer delays can added by using the Cheetah GUI software or the Cheetah API software to configure the delay.

Using the Cheetah GUI to add delay between the transfers (packages), configure the Delay field as highlighted below.  For information about delays, please refer to section 3.3.3 of the Cheetah GUI Software Manual.

How to configure data transfer delay using Cheetah GUI Figure 1: Cheetah GUI - Set Delay


  • When you use the Cheetah adapter with the Cheetah API, you can add delay between the transfers (packages) by configuring the tud (User Insertable Delay). For more information, please refer to section 5.5 of the Cheetah SPI Host Adapter User Manual.
User Insertable Delay for SPI Data Transfers Figure 2: User Insertable Delay

For additional information about Cheetah SPI signal  characteristics,  please refer to section 2.5 of the Cheetah Host Adapter User Manual.

For more information about the Cheetah Host Adapter and other Total Phase products, please refer to the following documents:

Cheetah SPI Host Adapter
Cheetah Host Adapter User Manual
Cheetah GUI Software
Total Phase products

We hope this answers your question. If you have other questions about our Host Adapters or other Total Phase products, feel free to email us at sales@totalphase.com or request technical support. 

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