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SPI on the Tinker Board

Configuring the SPI bus on the Asus Tinker Board

The Asus Tinker Board contains two SPI buses on the 40-pin GPIO header named SPI0 and SPI2, as shown in the image below. 

SPI layout

SPI0 uses the following pins:

11: SPI0CLK (Clock Output)
13: SPI0_TXD (Transmit)
15: SPI0_RXD (Receive)
29: SPI0CSN0 (Cable Select 0)
31: SPI0CSN1 (Cable Select 1)

SPI2 uses the following pins:

19: SPI2_TXD (Transmit)
21: SPI2_RXD (Receive)
23: SPI2CLK (Clock Output)
24: SPI2CSN0 (Cable Select 0)
26: SPI2CSN1 (Cable Select 1)

Note: On the Raspberry Pi, the SPI bus on pins 19 to 26 is called SPI0; on the Asus Tinker Board, it is called SPI2. To use any software designed for the Raspberry Pi, you may need to change the SPI address to 2 to use it on the Tinker Board.

This page details how to set up SPI support for the SPI2 bus, which is used by most Raspberry Pi compatible hats and expansion boards, including those from AB Electronics UK.

Step 1: Download the latest TinkerOS Debian image for your Tinker Board and burn it to your SD Card following the instructions on

Step 2: Next, you need to update your Tinker Board to ensure all the latest packages are installed:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 3: Once you have updated your Tinker Board, run the following command to install the Python smbus and dev packages:

sudo apt-get install python3-smbus python3-dev

Step 4: Edit the /boot/config.txt file using nano or your preferred text editor:

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

Uncomment the line "intf:spi2=on" shown in the screenshot below, and save the file. To use the SPI0 bus, uncomment the "intf:spi0=on" line.

Enabling SPI

Step 5: Next, reboot the Tinker Board:

sudo reboot

When your Tinker Board has rebooted, you will now have SPI support.

Installing py-spidev

To use the AB Electronics UK python library with the Asus Tinker Board, you will need to install the py-spidev package.  

You can download the latest py-spidev and the setup python script from GitHub using the git command.

git clone

Once downloaded, install py-spidev by running

cd py-spidev

For Python 2, use:

sudo python install

For Python 3, use:

sudo python3 install

py-spidev should now be available to use on your Tinker Board.

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Created 07/11/2022 | Last Updated: 25/10/2023

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