How to Configure NXP i.MX9352's GPIO?

In this article, we may deeply learn how to process the GPIO of i.MX9 family new member- i.MX9352, and it’s similarities and differences with i.MX6ULL.

01 Hardware Principle Analysis

Let’s take LED light and the button as an example. Refer to the SoM diagram, we can see there is one LED light controlled by MX93_PAD_CCM_CLKO4. Because this GPIO ‘s electrical level is 1.8V, it isn’t directly connected to the LED on the carrier board. But in another way, GPIO control one MOSFET, then MOSFET control LED light-- when GPIO electrical level is high, the MOS is connected and LED light on; when GPIO electrical level is low, MOS is disconnected and LED light off.

i.MX9352 Hardware Principle Analysis

i.MX9352 Hardware Principle Analysis

02 DTS(Device Tree) Pin Alternate Function

Open Forlinx Embedded OK-MX9352-C DTS:


Create a new set of pin alternates under iomuxc node, and the two GPIOs are LED light D6 and button K1 on the carrier board.

Device Tree Pin Alternate Function

Next, create a new GPIO node as follows:


Annotate LED and KEY parts to avoid alternate conflict:


Compile DTS after Save & Exit

Runtime Environment Variables:

forlinx@ubuntu:~/ok-mx93/OKMX93-linux-sdk$ . environment-setup-aarch64-toolchain

Compile DTS Seperatelly:

forlinx@ubuntu:~/ok-mx93/OKMX93-linux-sdk/OKMX93-linux-kernel$ make ARCH=arm64 CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-poky-linux- dtbs

After compilation, update the DTS separately. First, insert the USB drive into the virtual machine and copy the generated DTS file to the USB drive:

forlinx@ubuntu:~/ok-mx93/OKMX93-linux-sdk/OKMX93-linux-kernel$ cp arch/arm64/boot/dts/freescale/OK-MX93-C.dtb /media/forlinx/2075-A0A7/

Copy the generated dtb file to the OK-MX9352-C SoM with USB drive and replace it with: /run/media/Boot-mmcblk0p1/OK-MX93-C.dtb

root@ok-mx93:/run/media/Boot-mmcblk0p1# cp /run/media/sda/OK-MX93-C.dtb ./

Restart OK-MX9352-C SoM

03 Execute Command to Test It

The GPIO’s operation method of OKMX6ULL-S SoM is achieved by files under/sys/class/gpio. But there is a new Lingpiod method for OK-MX9352-C, and the former operation method based on sysfs can’t be supported any more.

Libgpiod is a character device. GPIO visits control by character device(for example:/dev/gpiodchip0).OK-MX9352-C has four sets of GPIO, and GPIO device files can be checked under /dev.

Libgpiod has two using methods: shell terminal and C library. This chapter introduces shell terminal, and next chapter will introduce c library.

Execute Command to Test It

3.1  gpiodetect

Check all GPIO devices.

Check all GPIO devices

Above gpiochip0- gpiochip4 match with GPIO1- GPIO4 in the DTS respectively. However, it’s not in the order one-to-one, which is caused by the issue of the corresponding register address order. So how does goiochip0 match with the DTS? We can open the dtsi file in the device tree,


forlinx@ubuntu:~/ok-mx93/OKMX93-linux-sdk$ vi OKMX93-linux-kernel/arch/arm64/boot/dts/freescale/imx93.dtsi

We can see register address of GPIO3: gpio@43820080, which corresponds to gpiochip1 , and GPIO4 corresponds to gpiochip2.

address of GPIO3 and GPIO4

Followings are other GPIO’s corresponding relationship, please refer.

other GPIO corresponding relationship

3.2  gpioinfo

From 3.1, we can see LED light corresponds to GPIO4--gpiochip2;the button corresponds to GPIO3--gpiochip1. List pin status of gpiochip2 controller:


3.3  gpioset

It’s used for setting GPIO electrical level. 2 for gpiochip2--GPIO4, 28 for GPIO pin, when we set GPIO as 1, D6 on carrier board lights.

GPIO electrical level

3.4  gpioget

It’s used for obtaining GPIO pin status. For example, the button corresponds to GPIO3-27--gpiochip1 27, when it’s unpressed, the button status is 1 and when it’s pressed, the button status is 0.


3.5  gpiomon

It’s used for monitoring GPIO change status. Still take the button as an example, when press the button:


04 Libgpiod Library

Libgpiod is c library and tool used for interacting with Linux GPIO. Linux official implements in Libgpiod function since Linux 4.8.
In the Linux 5.15 kernel version installed on the OK-MX9352-C SoM, the sysfs for GPIO operation is no longer supported. Compared to sysfs, Libgpiod is more reliable and has more functions, such as the ability to read and write multiple GPIO values at once.

4.1 Source Code Obtaining

If we want to cross-compile an application on a PC that can run on SoM, the library files linked during cross-compilation should be consistent with those on SoM. We can directly copy the libraries on the SoM to the development environment for use. Library file on the SoM:

Source Code Obtaining

From above Figure, we can see Libgpiod library version is, and the software is linked to

In the OK-MX9352-C materials provided by Folinx Embedded, the required library files, header files, and related routines have been packaged for users to use directly. The data path is: user profile/application notes/OK-MX9352-C-GPIO interface_ Linux application notes/Libgpiod testing source code.You may consult on-line customer service to obtain information.

4.2 Compile Test Demo

Copy gpiotest.c、gpio-toggle.c、lib.tar.bz2 uner Libgpiod test source directory to the development environment:

Compile Test Demo

Extract lib.tar.bz2 into this directory, and the gpiod. h file and Libgpiod library file will be used during compilation:

Example 1: Cycle control LED on and off, with a time interval of 1s.


Cross-compile gpio-toggle.c

Set environment variables(Note: There is space after it)

Cross-compile gpio-toggle.c



Copy the executable file gpio toggle to the SoM and execute it. We can see the LED (D6) light is on for 1 second and off for 1 second. The input parameters 2 and 28 are: gpiochip2 line28.

toggle to OK-MX9352-C SoM

Example 2: Press the button to control the LED (on & off), and it’s status take change every time you press it.


Cross-compile gpio-toggle.c

Set environment variables(Note: There is space after it)

Cross-compile gpio-toggle.c



Copy the executable file gpio toggle to OK-MX9352-C SoM and execute it. We can see the the LED status take change every time press it. The input parameters 1 and 27 are: gpiochip2 line28.

toggle to OK-MX9352-C SoM

That’s the GPIO configuration process for OK-MX9352-C SBC.