nRF52 - SPIM - read buffer empty


I have a problem with my SPIM read buffer. As you can see below, my SPI device received bytes correctly and answer correctly

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My code is based on SPI example SDK 12.1.

SPI initialisation

void SPI_init(nrf_drv_spi_t* spi_inst, uint32_t pin_ss, nrf_drv_spi_mode_t mode, nrf_drv_spi_frequency_t freq)
	nrf_drv_spi_config_t spi_config = NRF_DRV_SPI_DEFAULT_CONFIG;
    spi_config.ss_pin   	= pin_ss;
    spi_config.miso_pin 	= MISO_PIN;
    spi_config.mosi_pin 	= MOSI_PIN;
    spi_config.sck_pin  	= SCLK_PIN;
	spi_config.frequency  	= freq;
	spi_config.mode		  	= mode;
    APP_ERROR_CHECK(nrf_drv_spi_init(spi_inst, &spi_config, spi_event_handler));

SPI default config

#define NRF_DRV_SPI_DEFAULT_CONFIG                           \
{                                                            \
    .sck_pin      = NRF_DRV_SPI_PIN_NOT_USED,                \
    .mosi_pin     = NRF_DRV_SPI_PIN_NOT_USED,                \
    .miso_pin     = NRF_DRV_SPI_PIN_NOT_USED,                \
    .ss_pin       = NRF_DRV_SPI_PIN_NOT_USED,                \
    .irq_priority = SPI_DEFAULT_CONFIG_IRQ_PRIORITY,         \
    .orc          = 0xFF,                                    \
    .frequency    = NRF_DRV_SPI_FREQ_4M,                     \
    .mode         = NRF_DRV_SPI_MODE_0,                      \
    .bit_order    = NRF_DRV_SPI_BIT_ORDER_MSB_FIRST,         \

SPI read / write function

void SPI_write_read_block(nrf_drv_spi_t* inst, uint8_t* ptx, uint8_t* prx, uint8_t m_length)
	APP_ERROR_CHECK(nrf_drv_spi_transfer(inst, ptx, m_length, prx, m_length));

	while (!spi_xfer_done)
	spi_xfer_done = false;

SPI read / write used

static uint16_t POT_read(TAD5144* ad, uint16_t reg)
	ad->tx_dat[0] = HI_UINT16(reg);
	ad->tx_dat[1] = LO_UINT16(reg);
	SPI_write_read_block(ad->inst_spi, ad->tx_dat, NULL, 2);
	SPI_write_read_block(ad->inst_spi, NULL, ad->rx_dat, 2);
	return BUILD_UINT16(ad->rx_dat[1], ad->rx_dat[0]); 


  • On SPI MISO, my data is correct, what kind of problem could be occured that MISO pin will not copy the data through easyDMA on buffer (RXD.PTR correctly initialized)
  • What I doing wrong ?
  • Something isn't correclty configured ?

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  • Don't know if this is the root cause of your problem, but you should not pass tx_buffer or rx_buffer as NULL and the length as non-zero. You can see that the nrf_drv_spi_xfer(..) function checks for this at the start of the function (the code will not assert unless NRF_ASSERT_PRESENT is defined):

    ASSERT(p_xfer_desc->p_tx_buffer != NULL || p_xfer_desc->tx_length == 0);
    ASSERT(p_xfer_desc->p_rx_buffer != NULL || p_xfer_desc->rx_length == 0);

    (the assert will trigger if the input is zero).