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Can't transmit over SPI with DMA

Question asked by waters.mark on Mar 21, 2013
Latest reply on Feb 10, 2014 by Joshua
I am using an STM32F4, and I'm having difficulty getting SPI to transmit using DMA.  If I manually write to the SPI data register, I see the appropriate activity on the logic analyzer, but if I use DMA to initiate the transaction, I see nothing.

I want to transmit on SPI2, so according to the reference manual, I am using DMA 1 Stream 4, Channel 0.  Setting a breakpoint in DMA_GetCmdStatus shows that the CR bit never goes high indicating a problem with the DMA initialization.  I've enabled the DMA clock and initialized all the parameters I could think of, but it does not work.  I've compared my initialization to other examples and I can't spot any glaring errors.  Am I missing something in initialization?

// Includes
#include "stm32f4xx.h"
// SPI2 Interface pins
#define SPI2_SCK_PIN                   GPIO_Pin_13
#define SPI2_SCK_SOURCE                GPIO_PinSource13
#define SPI2_SCK_GPIO_PORT             GPIOB
#define SPI2_SCK_GPIO_CLK              RCC_AHB1Periph_GPIOB
#define SPI2_MISO_PIN                  GPIO_Pin_14
#define SPI2_MISO_SOURCE               GPIO_PinSource14
#define SPI2_MISO_GPIO_PORT            GPIOB
#define SPI2_MISO_GPIO_CLK             RCC_AHB1Periph_GPIOB
#define SPI2_MOSI_PIN                  GPIO_Pin_15
#define SPI2_MOSI_SOURCE               GPIO_PinSource15
#define SPI2_MOSI_GPIO_PORT            GPIOB
#define SPI2_MOSI_GPIO_CLK             RCC_AHB1Periph_GPIOB
#define SPI_BUFFER_SIZE                4
// Private functions
void delay(uint32_t delayTicks)
  while( delayTicks-- != 0 );
void Spi2Init(uint8_t* txBuffer)
    SPI_InitTypeDef  SPI_InitStructure;
    GPIO_InitTypeDef GPIO_InitStructure;
    // Enable the SPI clocks
    RCC_APB1PeriphClockCmd(RCC_APB1Periph_SPI2, ENABLE);
    // Connect SPI pins to alternate functions
    GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_Mode = GPIO_Mode_AF;
    GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_Speed = GPIO_Speed_50MHz;
    GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_OType = GPIO_OType_PP;
    GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_PuPd  = GPIO_PuPd_DOWN;
    // SPI SCK pin configuration
    GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_Pin = SPI2_SCK_PIN;
    GPIO_Init(SPI2_SCK_GPIO_PORT, &GPIO_InitStructure);
    // SPI MISO pin configuration
    GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_Pin =  SPI2_MISO_PIN;
    GPIO_Init(SPI2_MISO_GPIO_PORT, &GPIO_InitStructure);
    // SPI MOSI pin configuration
    GPIO_InitStructure.GPIO_Pin =  SPI2_MOSI_PIN;
    GPIO_Init(SPI2_MOSI_GPIO_PORT, &GPIO_InitStructure);
    // SPI configuration
    SPI_InitStructure.SPI_Direction = SPI_Direction_2Lines_FullDuplex;
    SPI_InitStructure.SPI_DataSize = SPI_DataSize_8b;
    SPI_InitStructure.SPI_CPOL = SPI_CPOL_Low;
    SPI_InitStructure.SPI_CPHA = SPI_CPHA_2Edge;
    SPI_InitStructure.SPI_NSS = SPI_NSS_Soft;
    SPI_InitStructure.SPI_BaudRatePrescaler = SPI_BaudRatePrescaler_8;
    SPI_InitStructure.SPI_FirstBit = SPI_FirstBit_MSB;
    SPI_InitStructure.SPI_CRCPolynomial = 7;
    SPI_InitStructure.SPI_Mode = SPI_Mode_Master;
    SPI_Init(SPI2, &SPI_InitStructure);
    // Configure DMA for transmit
    DMA_InitTypeDef DMA_InitStructure;
    NVIC_InitTypeDef NVIC_InitStructure;
    RCC_AHB1PeriphClockCmd(RCC_AHB1Periph_DMA1, ENABLE);
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_Channel = DMA_Channel_0;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_PeripheralBaseAddr = (uint32_t) (&SPI2->DR);
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_Memory0BaseAddr = (uint32_t)txBuffer;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_DIR = DMA_DIR_MemoryToPeripheral;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_BufferSize = SPI_BUFFER_SIZE;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_PeripheralInc = DMA_PeripheralInc_Disable;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_MemoryInc = DMA_MemoryInc_Enable;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_PeripheralDataSize = DMA_PeripheralDataSize_Byte;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_MemoryDataSize = DMA_MemoryDataSize_Byte;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_Mode = DMA_Mode_Normal;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_Priority = DMA_Priority_VeryHigh;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_FIFOMode = DMA_FIFOMode_Disable;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_FIFOThreshold = DMA_FIFOThreshold_HalfFull;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_MemoryBurst = DMA_MemoryBurst_Single;
    DMA_InitStructure.DMA_PeripheralBurst = DMA_PeripheralBurst_Single;
    DMA_Init(DMA1_Stream4, &DMA_InitStructure);
    DMA_ITConfig(DMA1_Stream4, DMA_IT_TC, ENABLE);
    // Configure DMA1 Stream4 interrupt
    NVIC_InitStructure.NVIC_IRQChannel = DMA1_Stream4_IRQn;
    NVIC_InitStructure.NVIC_IRQChannelPreemptionPriority = 6;
    NVIC_InitStructure.NVIC_IRQChannelSubPriority = 0;
    NVIC_InitStructure.NVIC_IRQChannelCmd = ENABLE;
    // Enable SPI2
    SPI_Cmd(SPI2, ENABLE);
    // Enable DMA request
uint8_t Spi2SendByte(uint8_t byte)
  // Loop while DR register in not empty
  while (SPI_I2S_GetFlagStatus(SPI2, SPI_I2S_FLAG_TXE) == RESET);
  // Send byte through the SPI2 peripheral
  SPI_I2S_SendData(SPI2, byte);
  // Wait to receive a byte
  while (SPI_I2S_GetFlagStatus(SPI2, SPI_I2S_FLAG_RXNE) == RESET);
  // Return the byte read from the SPI bus
  return SPI_I2S_ReceiveData(SPI2);
int main(void)
    uint8_t i = 0;
    static uint8_t dataToTransmit[SPI_BUFFER_SIZE];
    for (i = 0; i < SPI_BUFFER_SIZE; i++)
        dataToTransmit[i] = i;
    // Initialize the SPI
    while (1)
        DMA_Cmd(DMA1_Stream4, ENABLE);