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MMC Driver


TI DM35x/37x/AM3517 has an multimedia card high-speed/secure data/secure digital I/O (MMC/SD/SDIO) host controller, which provides an interface between microprocessor and either MMC, SD memory cards, or SDIO cards. The current version of the user guide talks about the MMC/SD controller. The MMC driver is implemented on top of host controller as a HS-MMC controller driver and supports MMC, SD, SD High Speed and SDHC cards. The salient features of the aforementioned HS-MMC host controller are:

  • Full compliance with MMC/SD command/response sets as defined in

the Specification.

  • Support:

1-bit or 4-bit transfer mode specifications for SD and SDIO cards 1-bit, 4-bit, or 8-bit transfer mode specifications for MMC cards

  • Built-in 1024-byte buffer for read or write
  • 32-bit-wide access bus to maximize bus throughput
  • Single interrupt line for multiple interrupt source events
  • Two slave DMA channels (1 for TX, 1 for RX)
  • Designed for low power and Programmable clock generation


  1. MMCA Homepage []
  2. SD ORG Homepage []

Acronyms & Definitions

Audio Driver: Acronyms
Acronym Definition
MMC Multimedia Card
HS-MMC High Speed MMC
SD Secure Digital
SDHC SD High Capacity
SDIO SD Input/Output


The MMC/SD/SDIO driver supports following features

  • The driver is built in-kernel (part of vmlinux).
  • MMC cards including High Speed cards.
  • SD cards including SD High Speed and SDHC cards
  • Uses block bounce buffer to aggregate scattered blocks

Driver Configuration

The default kernel configuration enables support for MMC/SD(built-in to kernel).

The selection of MMC/SD/SDIO driver can be modified as follows: start Linux Kernel Configuration tool.

$ make menuconfig  ARCH=arm
  • Select Device Drivers from the main menu.
Kernel Features  --->
Boot options  --->
CPU Power Management  --->
Floating point emulation  --->
Userspace binary formats  --->
Power management options  --->
[*] Networking support  --->
Device Drivers  --->
  • Select MMC/SD/SDIO card support from the menu.
[*] USB support  --->
<*> MMC/SD/SDIO card support  --->
< > Sony MemoryStick card support (EXPERIMENTAL)  --->
  • Select OMAP HS MMC driver
[ ] MMC debugging
[ ] Assume MMC/SD cards are non-removable (DANGEROUS) 
     *** MMC/SD/SDIO Card Drivers ***
<*> MMC block device driver
[*]  Use bounce buffer for simple hosts
<*>   TI OMAP High Speed Multimedia Card Interface support