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How Should I Set Up the Slave Mode on the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adapter for Correct Communication with an I2C Master Device?

Question from the Customer:

I am using the Aardvark I2C/SPI Host Adaptor as an I2C Slave.  This is a new project – can you check if my setup is correct, and understand the results I’m getting? I'm using the Control Center Serial Software .

  1. The Master request is to read two bytes. But instead, the Slave replies only to the first byte.
  2. Why does the Master WRITE operation show in the transaction window as READ (I assume “R” is Read)?

About my setup:

  • The I2C bus bit-rate is 100K
  • The I2C Master sends the address (0x5E, READ request)
  • The Slave responds with ACK but the first data bit is HIGH.  I'm sure the slave has sent its data, but I'm not sure it's right.


Response from Technical Support:

Thanks for you questions! About the Master WRITE, the transaction window gets the adapter according to the Master/Slave setting of the Aardvark.

  • If Aardvark is configured as a slave, the bytes sent by master are "Read" by the Aardvark slave, which is represented with “R.”
  • When the Aardvark slave sends a response to the master, that transaction is represented with "W" as a Write

About the results:

  • Based on what you described, make sure the Slave response is set before enabling the Slave. If the response is not set before the Slave is enabled, it is possible that a Slave response will be requested before the Slave device has one to return.
  • We also recommend setting the Max Tx.Bytes field to the actual packet size. We suggest referring to the data sheet of the Master device and verifying  how many bytes the Master requests.

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We hope this answers your questions. If you have other questions about your project, our host adapters or other Total Phase products, feel free to email us at sales@totalphase.com, or if you already own one of our devices and have a technical question, please submit a request for technical support.