Using Pi as i2c slave device?

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by Echo5 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 8:41 pm

Can the Raspberry Pi be configured to run as an i2c slave device?

I want to setup the Pi using Wheezy to receive and save data sent by an i2c master device.

Does slave mode exist in any of the Python (Quick2Wire or python-smbus) or C++ i2c libraries? Are there any examples of how it can be implemented?

Thank you
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by abcabc » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:11 am
I have searched for this also...

I'm using rpi and arduino with the smbus-package, no problem with rpi as master.
It's hard to find any real documentation about the smbus-package. Has anyone found any real documentation? Any other package?
It seems in the git-source-code that no slave functionality is included, but I'm not sure.
I can try to extend the smbus-package, but I want to check with you all first.
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by techpaul » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:15 am
From memory the Linux driver does not support slave mode also I do not believe the slave functionality is available on the Pi.

I could be wrong but those are my recollections
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by msperl » Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:36 am
In principle there is support for BSC(=I2C like)/SPI slave in the HW (see page 160 in the peripherals document)

After quick scanning the pages, it seems it would require the use of:

  • GPIO18,19,20 and 21 for slave SPI
  • GPIO18 and 19 for slave I2C

But only GPIO 18 is available on the RPI, so there is not option for either I2C or SPI.

Why not trigger an interrupt on your device and implement polling on the RPI instead?

If that is no possibility, then maybe add an Arduino acting as a (proxy) slave to both sides?

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by abcabc » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:41 pm
Thank you for your answer. The real problem for me was that it was annoying not to know, I have other solutions.
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