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How to use the 1-WIRE bus on Acqua SOM

This article illustrates how to enable a bit banging 1-wire bus on any Acqua GPIO pin

1-Wire is a device communications bus system designed by Dallas Semiconductor that provides low-speed data, signaling, and power over a single signal. 1-Wire is similar in concept to I2C, but with lower data rates and longer range.

1-Wire is typically used to communicate with small inexpensive devices such as digital thermometers and weather instruments. This article illustrates how to read a popular DS18B20 thermal sensor.

The Dallas/Maxim DS18B20 thermal sensor

The DS18B20 digital thermometer provides 9-bit to 12-bit Celsius temperature measurements. It communicates over a 1-Wire bus that by definition requires only one data line (and ground) for communication with a central microprocessor.

It has an operating temperature range of -55°C to +125°C and is accurate to ±0.5°C over the range of °10°C to +85°C. (read more on datasheet).


DS18B20 Berta D2 Board
2 . Data PB5
3 - Vcc 3V3

A 4.7kOhm is requested between the DS18B20 pins Vcc and Data

Kernel drivers

The 1-wire bus is managed in bit banging mode by the Kernel driver called w1-gpio.

To enable the Kernel drivers (master and slave) follow this tutorial: . When using this command:

make arch=ARM menuconfig

use this configuration.

Enable the Dallas's 1-wire support and the Thermal family implementation as shown below:

Device Drivers  --->
    <*>   Dallas's 1-wire support
        1-wire Bus Masters  --->
            <*> GPIO 1-wire busmaster
        1-wire Slaves  --->
            <*> Thermal family implementation

Any GPIO can be used as 1-wire bus. The pin used depends by the device tree definition

Configuring the device tree

Edit the device tree source of your board and add in __apb__section these lines (change PB5 with the GPIO you intend to use):

onewire@0 {
    compatible = "w1-gpio";
    gpios = <&pioB 5 GPIO_ACTIVE_HIGH>;
    pinctrl-names = "default";
    pinctrl-0 = <&pinctrl_w1_0>;
    status = "okay";

then add also these lines in the section pinctrl@fffff200:

pinctrl_w1_0: w1_0 {
    atmel,pins =

Changing the gpio parameter you can change the GPIO to use as 1-wire bus

Read the temperature

The 1-wire driver automatically scans every 10 seconds if new sensors are plugged on the 1-wire bus.

For each 1-wire device detected a new directory is created on /sys/bus/w1/devices/w1 bus master.


ls /sys/bus/w1/devices/*/w1_slave

if everything is ok you should obtain this reply:


these lines indicates that a thermal sensors is probed on the bus (28 is the family ID) and their unique ID are 000006c52e56.

To read the temperature from each sensor type:

cat /sys/bus/w1/devices/28-000006c52e56/w1_slave
58 01 4b 46 7f ff 08 10 f9 : crc=f9 YES
58 01 4b 46 7f ff 08 10 f9 t=21500

t=21500 indicates that the temperature read is 21.5 °C

Read the temperature each seconds in Python3


import os
import time

w1path = "/sys/bus/w1/devices/w1_bus_master1"

# Extract the sensor id

if not os.path.exists(w1path): 
    print ("1-wire bus not found")
    print ("Check if the 1-wire bus is installed")

deviceList = os.listdir(w1path)

# for deviceId in deviceList:
#   print(deviceId)

onewire_id=[deviceId for deviceId in deviceList if deviceId[0:2]=="28"]

# print(onewire_id[0])

# Read temp

while True:
    f = open("/sys/bus/w1/devices/" + onewire_id[0] + "/w1_slave","r")

    if tString.find("NO")>=0:
        print ("Wrong CRC")

    value =float(tString[p+2:-1])/1000
    formatted_value = "{:.2f}".format(value)



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