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Chip Select Pin in SPI with STM32F4Discovery

Question asked by ashraf.salahuddin on Apr 23, 2014
Latest reply on Apr 24, 2014 by Clive One
Hi everyone, 
I'm trying to implement SPI on stm32f4discovery kit 

here's the code I found on some blog
#include "stm32f4_discovery.h"
#include <stm32f4xx.h>
#include <stm32f4xx_spi.h>

void delay(uint32_t cnt);

// this function initializes the SPI1 peripheral
void init_SPI1(void){
     GPIO_InitTypeDef GPIO_InitStruct;
     SPI_InitTypeDef SPI_InitStruct;
     // enable clock for used IO pins
     RCC_AHB1PeriphClockCmd(RCC_AHB1Periph_GPIOA, ENABLE);
     /* configure pins used by SPI1
      * PA5 = SCK
      * PA6 = MISO
      * PA7 = MOSI
     GPIO_InitStruct.GPIO_Pin = GPIO_Pin_7 | GPIO_Pin_6 | GPIO_Pin_5;
     GPIO_InitStruct.GPIO_Mode = GPIO_Mode_AF;
     GPIO_InitStruct.GPIO_OType = GPIO_OType_PP;
     GPIO_InitStruct.GPIO_Speed = GPIO_Speed_50MHz;
     GPIO_InitStruct.GPIO_PuPd = GPIO_PuPd_NOPULL;
     GPIO_Init(GPIOA, &GPIO_InitStruct);
     // connect SPI1 pins to SPI alternate function
     GPIO_PinAFConfig(GPIOA, GPIO_PinSource5, GPIO_AF_SPI1);
     GPIO_PinAFConfig(GPIOA, GPIO_PinSource6, GPIO_AF_SPI1);
     GPIO_PinAFConfig(GPIOA, GPIO_PinSource7, GPIO_AF_SPI1);
     // enable clock for used IO pins
     RCC_AHB1PeriphClockCmd(RCC_AHB1Periph_GPIOE, ENABLE);
     /* Configure the chip select pin
        in this case we will use PE7 */
     GPIO_InitStruct.GPIO_Pin = GPIO_Pin_7;
     GPIO_InitStruct.GPIO_Mode = GPIO_Mode_OUT;
     GPIO_InitStruct.GPIO_OType = GPIO_OType_PP;
     GPIO_InitStruct.GPIO_Speed = GPIO_Speed_50MHz;
     GPIO_InitStruct.GPIO_PuPd = GPIO_PuPd_UP;
     GPIO_Init(GPIOE, &GPIO_InitStruct);
     GPIOE->BSRRL |= GPIO_Pin_7; // set PE7 high
     // enable peripheral clock
     RCC_APB2PeriphClockCmd(RCC_APB2Periph_SPI1, ENABLE);
     /* configure SPI1 in Mode 0 
      * CPOL = 0 --> clock is low when idle
      * CPHA = 0 --> data is sampled at the first edge
     SPI_InitStruct.SPI_Direction = SPI_Direction_2Lines_FullDuplex; // set to full duplex mode, seperate MOSI and MISO lines
     SPI_InitStruct.SPI_Mode = SPI_Mode_Master;     // transmit in master mode, NSS pin has to be always high
     SPI_InitStruct.SPI_DataSize = SPI_DataSize_8b; // one packet of data is 8 bits wide
     SPI_InitStruct.SPI_CPOL = SPI_CPOL_Low;        // clock is low when idle
     SPI_InitStruct.SPI_CPHA = SPI_CPHA_1Edge;      // data sampled at first edge
     SPI_InitStruct.SPI_NSS = SPI_NSS_Soft | SPI_NSSInternalSoft_Set; // set the NSS management to internal and pull internal NSS high
     SPI_InitStruct.SPI_BaudRatePrescaler = SPI_BaudRatePrescaler_4; // SPI frequency is APB2 frequency / 4
     SPI_InitStruct.SPI_FirstBit = SPI_FirstBit_MSB;// data is transmitted MSB first
     SPI_Init(SPI1, &SPI_InitStruct); 
     SPI_Cmd(SPI1, ENABLE); // enable SPI1

/* This funtion is used to transmit and receive data 
 * with SPI1
 *                data --> data to be transmitted
 *                returns received value
uint8_t SPI1_send(uint8_t data){

     SPI1->DR = data; // write data to be transmitted to the SPI data register
     while( !(SPI1->SR & SPI_I2S_FLAG_TXE) ); // wait until transmit complete
     while( !(SPI1->SR & SPI_I2S_FLAG_RXNE) ); // wait until receive complete
     while( SPI1->SR & SPI_I2S_FLAG_BSY ); // wait until SPI is not busy anymore
     return SPI1->DR; // return received data from SPI data register

int main(void){
     uint8_t received_val = 0;
          GPIOE->BSRRH |= GPIO_Pin_7; // set PE7 (CS) low
          SPI1_send(0xAA);  // transmit data
          received_val = SPI1_send(0x00); // transmit dummy byte and receive data
          received_val += 0;
          GPIOE->BSRRL |= GPIO_Pin_7; // set PE7 (CS) high

void delay(uint32_t cnt)

Now I don't understand the point related to PE7, it's said here that it's the Chip Select or Slave Select pin, but I checked out the user manual of stm32f4discovery kit and I didn't find that so .. instead I found PE3 intersected with (LIS302DL or LIS3DSH) there's (CS_I2C/SPI)
now what is LIS302DL or LIS3DSH and how the above code worked well and the LEDs blinked also it used PE7 not PE3

and a final question, how can I make the microcontroller communicate with RealTerm ? I mean how to adjust slave or master mode in the RealTerm also there's no tab specified for SPI but there's a tab for I2C?

Thanks for your time ..