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#190 MultiSlaveSPI

Using SPI to control multiple devices (that support an SPIish interface)

Here’s a quick video of the circuit in action:



The ShiftDriveSPI project demonstrated how hardware SPI can be used to control a system with a 74HC595 interface. The proposed benefit was that SPI allows multiple devices to be controlled with a minimal (+1) extension to the number of pins required.

This project is a test of SPI to control multiple (2) devices that support an “SPI-like” interface.

It’s interesting how far you can push the definition of “SPI-like”. In this case I’m using two devices:

These modules are all connected to the SPI interface of an Arduino, with a seperate latch (SS/slave select) for each. The data to each module actually passes down the same wire (MOSI).

The demo sketch does two things:

  • runs a 0-9 counter on the 7-segment LED module (with decimal point enabled for even numbers)
  • runs a countdown counter that cycles for each change on the LED module



The Schematic

The Build

Credits and References

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