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ADIN1300/ADIN1200 PHY Linux Driver

Supported Devices

Supported Boards


The ADIN1200 is a low power single port 10/100 Mb Ethernet transceiver with low latency specifications primarily designed for industrial Ethernet applications.

The ADIN1300 is a low power single port Gigabit Ethernet transceiver with industry leading latency specifications primarily designed for industrial Ethernet applications.

This design integrates an Energy Efficient Ethernet PHY core plus all the associated common analog circuitry, input and output clock buffering, the management interface and subsystem registers as well as the MAC interface and control logic to manage the reset and clock control and pin configuration.

The 2 PHYs are similar from an interfacing perspective, meaning that the HW & SW interfaces are identical. The main difference is that the ADIN1300 supports gigabit speeds.

The PHY can be interfaced with the following: MII, RGMII, RGMII with internal delays (on RX, TX or both), RMII.

The RMII interface requires an external 50 MHz clock reference, and as such requires a bit more consideration when designing the layout. This makes it more difficult to configure it entirely from software

Source Code



Function File
driver drivers/net/phy/adin.c
Documentation adi,adin.yaml

Compatibility layer for Linux kernel version < 5.4

Function File
compatibility layer 4.19 drivers/net/phy/adin-compat.h

Example platform device initialization

The ADIN PHY driver instantiates via Linux's phylib framework, which is typically enabled on most systems.

Depending on the MAC driver that is used and the operating mode (MII, RGMII, RMII), a device-tree entry for the PHY may or may-not be needed. The PHY can be configured via HW pins (see datasheet), or via SW.

Optional properties (for MAC):

  • phy-mode: this is a standard Linux property for ethernet devices to select an operating mode for the PHY, it is typically configured in the MAC configuration, and the MAC uses it to configure the mode of the PHY. For the ADIN PHY, accepted values are: mii, rgmii, rgmii-id, rgmii-txid, rgmii-rxid, rmii

Optional properties (for PHY):

  • adi,rx-internal-delay-ps: RGMII RX Clock Delay used only when PHY operates in RGMII mode with internal delay (phy-mode is 'rgmii-id' or 'rgmii-rxid') in pico-seconds. Accepted values: 1600, 1800, 2000, 2200, 2400, Default: 2000.
  • adi,tx-internal-delay-ps: RGMII TX Clock Delay used only when PHY operates in RGMII mode with internal delay (phy-mode is 'rgmii-id' or 'rgmii-txid') in pico-seconds. Accepted values: 1600, 1800, 2000, 2200, 2400, Default: 2000.
  • adi,fifo-depth-bits: When operating in RMII mode, this option configures the FIFO depth. Accepted values: 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, Default: 8

    ethernet-mac0 {
        #address-cells = <1>;
        #size-cells = <0>;

        phy-mode = "rgmii-id";

        ethernet-phy@0 {
            reg = <0>;

            adi,rx-internal-delay-ps = <1800>;
            adi,tx-internal-delay-ps = <2200>;

    ethernet-mac1 {
        #address-cells = <1>;
        #size-cells = <0>;

        phy-mode = "rmii";

        ethernet-phy@1 {
            reg = <1>;

            adi,fifo-depth-bits = <16>;

Enabling Linux driver support

Configure kernel with “make menuconfig” (alternatively use “make xconfig” or “make qconfig”)

  1. Hit the search button (typically the slash “/” key)
  2. Type ADIN_PHY, then hit Enter; if nothing shows up, the driver is not available in your kernel tree, please use the ADI linux tree
  3. Press 1 (the key), then hit Enter
  4. You should see the location + dependencies for enabling the driver
Linux Kernel Configuration
Symbol: ADIN_PHY [=y]
Type  : tristate                                                                                                                                                                      
Prompt: Analog Devices Industrial Ethernet PHYs  
     -> Device Drivers
       -> Network device support (NETDEVICES [=y])│  
 (1)     -> PHY Device support and infrastructure (PHYLIB [=y]) 
   Defined at drivers/net/phy/Kconfig:208  
   Depends on: NETDEVICES [=y] && PHYLIB [=y]

Driver testing

Short version is: a cable is plugged into the ethernet port (to which the PHY is associated) and traffic starts to happen, as in a normal Linux OS environment.

But on the slightly more advanced side, see the sections below.

Depending on the userspace image that is being used, the network cards may [or may not get a DHCP address]. This is because there is a NetworkManager instance that handles this automatically.

If NetworkManager isn't running, it sometimes works to obtain a DHCP lease via dhclient eth0 [or eth1 or eth2, depending which MAC is attached to the ADIN PHY].


This tool will display the general status of the available network interfaces. If they’ve obtained an IP address, RX packets/errors/dropped/etc, TX packets/errors/dropped/etc, MAC address, etc.

Typically, if both TX & RX values are incremented, it means that it is working. Also note that there are error counters; if only the TX/RX counters increment, something may be wrong in the configuration between MAC & PHY, or sometimes at the physical configuration (i.e. clocks not working, pins not connected properly, etc).

root@analog:~# ifconfig 
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr d6:41:50:ed:3b:65  
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:609895 errors:5 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:286926 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:0 (647.6 MB)  TX bytes:0 (38.7 MB)

eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0a:35:03:73:d9  
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:65536  Metric:1
          RX packets:8 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:8 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:480 (480.0 B)  TX bytes:480 (480.0 B)


This tool queries the MAC & PHY via the MAC driver. The MAC driver should also allows access to the PHY registers.

If ethtool does not work, it should be resolved in the MAC driver. The MAC driver is not in the direct scope of Analog Devices support, since MACs are typically manufactured & supported by other companies

ethtool can be used to show & override link settings and other parameters for the MAC & PHY.

Links for the tool:

Some features of ethtool described here are available in newer versions of ethtool. If some of them don't work, consider upgrading or getting a newer version

Example: Seeing MAC & PHY info

root@analog:~# ethtool eth0
Settings for eth0:
        Supported ports: [ TP MII ]
        Supported link modes:   10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full 
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full ==== Example: Seeing MAC & PHY info ====

                                1000baseT/Half 1000baseT/Full 
        Supported pause frame use: No
        Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
        Supported FEC modes: Not reported
        Advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full 
                                100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full 
                                1000baseT/Half 1000baseT/Full 
        Advertised pause frame use: No
        Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
        Advertised FEC modes: Not reported
        Link partner advertised link modes:  10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full 
                                             100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full 
        Link partner advertised pause frame use: Symmetric
        Link partner advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
        Link partner advertised FEC modes: Not reported
        Speed: 100Mb/s
        Duplex: Full
        Port: MII
        PHYAD: 0
        Transceiver: internal
        Auto-negotiation: on
        Link detected: yes
ethtool -s eth0 speed 10 duplex full autoneg off
ethtool -s eth0 speed 100 duplex full autoneg off
ethtool -s eth0 autoneg on

Example: MDI/MDIX/Auto-MDIX configuration

The PHY supports configuration of the MDI/MDI-X auto-switch for twisted pairs. This can also be configured via ethtool.

ethtool -s eth0 mdix auto # auto-mdix (there is no way to set preference; # default MDI is preferred)
ethtool -s eth0 mdix off # MDI mode manual
ethtool -s eth0 mdix on # MDIX mode manual

Example: PHY statistics

make sure to not confuse PHY stats with default stats. Ethtool provides stats from the MAC, via ethtool --statistics eth0 or ethtool -S eth0
root@analog:~# ethtool --phy-statistics eth0
PHY statistics:
     total_frames_checked_count: 1870
     length_error_frames_count: 342
     alignment_error_frames_count: 0
     symbol_error_count: 0
     oversized_frames_count: 0
     undersized_frames_count: 0
     odd_nibble_frames_count: 0
     odd_preamble_packet_count: 0
     dribble_bits_frames_count: 0
     false_carrier_events_count: 0


This tool is not very official, but it is very powerful for PHYs. It’s currently hosted here:

Can only access registers via Clause 22. Clause 45 does not work with the PHY driver.

Format of the command is:

phytool read eth0/0/<reg-addr>
phytool write eth0/0/<reg-addr> <16-bit-hex-value>

Example for reading the PHY ID:

root@analog:~# phytool read eth0/0/0x2
root@analog:~# phytool read eth0/0/0x3

Accessing PHY-core registers

All registers from 0x00 to 0x1f (which are defined by the IEEE standard) can be accessed with just

phytool read eth0/0/<reg-addr>
phytool write eth0/0/<reg-addr>

Reading an MMD reg

Since only Clause 22 is available accessing MMD regs needs to be done via registers 0x10 & 0x11.

All registers above register address 0x1f are MMD registers.

Example reading FcFrmCntL reg (lower half of the total_frames_checked_count value):

root@analog:~# phytool write eth0/0/0x10 0x940B
root@analog:~# phytool read eth0/0/0x11

Writing an MMD reg

Example resetting the PHY:

root@analog:~# phytool write eth0/0/0x10 0xFF0C
root@analog:~# phytool write eth0/0/0x11 0x1 - convenience phytool wrapper

This tool requires sudo/root access and will do changes to the system. Use it with caution on a development system. Also, this tool can leave the PHY into a undetermined state of functioning, which may require a reset of the chip, or a reboot of the system to put the PHY back into a working state together with the attached MAC.


When downloading, make sure the script is made executable.


Usage: <command> [args]
  setup - setup phytool and ethtool required for demo
          WARNING: will override system tools
  dump_regs <eth> - show all reg values
                    WARNING: some registers will be cleared on read
  phy_read_mmd <eth> <reg-addr> - read value from a MMD register
  phy_write_mmd <eth> <reg-addr> <val> - write value to MMD register
  cable_diagnostics <eth> - run cable diagnostics on cable
                            WARNING: puts device into special mode.
                                     device won't send data during this mode

First setup

Needs be run the first time. Make sure that there is internet connectivity and then install basic things:

./ setup


The most useful command is to dump registers. This will read all registers that are specified in the datasheet and show their current value.

Should be used with caution as some registers get cleared on read, and can interfere with some internal operation of the Linux driver (for EEE for example).


./ dump_regs eth0 [could be eth1]


This runs a sequence of register changes to put the PHY into diagnostics mode, which interrupts normal operation.

Then a diagnostics will be run on the cable and the results of the registers will be read back.

./ cable_diagnostics eth0

Throughput testing - iperf

This is a more system-general test but it also validates the PHY.

More tools are available for this sort of testing (iperf3, netperf, etc), but iperf is one of the more basic/simple ones to do this validation. If this one achieves expected results, others should too

On one of the endpoints with the ADIN1300, run:

iperf -s

and on another system

iperf -c <ip-addr-of-the-other-system>

Then reverse the commands on the hosts. iperf only works in one direction.

Data integrity testing

One one side, generate a file with random data (say 1GB)

dd if=/dev/urandom bs=1M count=1000


Then transfer the data to the other side with scp,ftp,etc:

scp root@<ip-addr-of-the-other-host>

On the other host check the hash

<SHA256-hash-of-data> == should be identical with the first hash

Ethernet pointers

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