How do I send part of an ArrayBuffer to SPI

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  • This optimization is perfect for drawing horizontal lines

    Display 240x240(320)

    before: 990ms, after 266ms

    hLines = () =>{
          xm = 240;
          ym = 240;
          t1 =;
          for ( var y = 0; y <= ym; y+=10){
          t2 =;

    I guess it should be possible to optimize this for vertical line too?

  • yes, if you set x,y to start and then width to 1 and height to line length each new pixel should 'overflow' to next line

  • Hi, I have also being doing some measurements. I am using an M5StickC which has an 80x160 pixel ST7735S screen.
    Displaying a 80x160 FillRect = 20ms
    Displaying a 80x160 drawImage = 345ms.

    I thought there was room for improvement for drawImage so I implemented a version of lcd_spi_unbuf with a chunk buffer that is flushed to screen when it is full or when the address window is changed. Now the results are:

    With SPISENDMANY_BUFFER_SIZE=80 - the size of the chunk buffer
    Displaying a 80x160 FillRect = 19ms
    Displaying a 80x160 drawImage = 61ms.

    Essentially the speed up is achieved by passing bigger chunks to the spi_send_many. The only disadvantage is that I have had to implement a flip() routine ro flush the chunk buffer after the last graphics operation. For images this more than 5 time speed up is really worth it. I suspect it would also work for the horizontal line example.

    If the image is rotated, the performance disappears cf vertical lines, so perhaps we should see how that can be dealt with. However, rotation within an image is not a problem.

    What would be the best way of letting you all look at the code?

  • What would be the best way of letting you all look at the code?

    • Fork Espruino on github
    • clone your fork to local disk
    • create a branch for your fork
    • add code to that branch
    • push your code to that branch

    share you branch via link.

  • Thanks - not sure I got that quite right, however, you can see my version of lcd_spi_unbuf.c here. I have not yet really tested to see if the flip() works correctly.

  • There was a bug in flip() - now fixed.

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How do I send part of an ArrayBuffer to SPI

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