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There is a USB OHCi controller (host) in the SpinalHDL library. In a few bullet points it can be resumed to :

  • It follow the OpenHCI Open Host Controller Interface Specification for USB specification (OHCI).

  • It is compatible with the upstream linux / uboot OHCI drivers already. (there is also a OHCI driver on tinyUSB)

  • This provide USB host full speed and low speed capabilities (12Mbps and 1.5Mbps)

  • Tested on linux and uboot

  • One controller can host multiple ports (up to 16)

  • Bmb memory interface for DMA accesses

  • Bmb memory interace for the configuration

  • Require a clock for the internal phy which is a multiple of 12 Mhz at least 48 Mhz

  • The controller frequency is not restricted

  • No external phy required

Devices tested and functional :

  • Mass storage (~8 Mbps on ArtyA7 linux)

  • Keyboard / Mouse

  • Audio output

  • Hub

Limitations :

  • Some USB hub (had one so far) do not like having a full speed host with low speed devices attached.

  • Some modern devices will not work on USB full speed (ex : Gbps ethernet adapter)

  • Require memory coherency with the CPU (or the cpu need to flush his data cache in the driver)

Deployments :


import spinal.core._
import spinal.core.sim._
import spinal.lib.bus.bmb._
import spinal.lib.bus.bmb.sim._
import spinal.lib.bus.misc.SizeMapping

class UsbOhciTop(val p : UsbOhciParameter) extends Component {
  val ohci = UsbOhci(p, BmbParameter(
    addressWidth = 12,
    dataWidth = 32,
    sourceWidth = 0,
    contextWidth = 0,
    lengthWidth = 2

  val phyCd = ClockDomain.external("phyCd", frequency = FixedFrequency(48 MHz))
  val phy = phyCd(UsbLsFsPhy(p.portCount, sim=true))

  val phyCc = CtrlCc(p.portCount, ClockDomain.current, phyCd)
  phyCc.input <>
  phyCc.output <>

  // propagate io signals
  val irq =
  val ctrl =
  val dma =
  val usb =
  val management =

object UsbHostGen extends App{
  val p = UsbOhciParameter(
    noPowerSwitching = true,
    powerSwitchingMode = true,
    noOverCurrentProtection = true,
    powerOnToPowerGoodTime = 10,
    dataWidth = 64, //DMA data width, up to 128
    portsConfig = List.fill(4)(OhciPortParameter()) //4 Ports

  SpinalVerilog(new UsbOhciTop(p))