8 Replies Latest reply on Apr 3, 2017 3:15 PM by sunny127

    How to connect a Wolfson Audio Card to a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B




      Please forgive this question from a newbie.


      I recently bought a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (v1.2) and a Wolfson Audio Card. I have fallen at the first hurdle, as I cannot connect the two together!


      There is a section of 2x20 upright pins on the Raspberry Pi, a subset of which look like they should connect to the 13x2 holes of similar size on the Raspberry Pi. But I'm not clear at what end of the set of 20 pins to put the 13 holes!


      On the Wolfson Audio Card, there are 8 downward connectors, which look as if they are to make contact with something on the card. I've read about P5 areas, but my card does not have a series of 8 contacts next to the upright pins.


      Also, there is a tall screw pillar on the Wolfson Audio Card, but if lined up with the 2x20 pins, there is no corresponding hole on the Raspberry Pi.


      My understanding from the site is that my Raspberry Pi 3 is the latest model, and that Wolfson Audio Card is compatible with any "Revision 2 Raspberry Pis onwards". Therefore surely it is compatible somehow?


      I'm sure I'm missing something obvious!


      Many thanks,


        • Re: How to connect a Wolfson Audio Card to a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

          Unfortunately, the Wolfson Audio Card is not compatible with the Raspberry Pi 3B, as you have discovered.  You need the Cirrus Logic Audio Card: https://www.element14.com/community/community/raspberry-pi/raspberry-pi-accessories/cirrus_logic_audio_card?ICID=wolfson-cirruslogic-section


          The Wolfson Audio Card is compatible with Raspberry Pi 1 Revision 2 onwards.  The "Revision 2" refers to Pi 1 versions.

            • Re: How to connect a Wolfson Audio Card to a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

              Hi hystrix

              I have a Wolfson Audio Card and Raspberry Pi 2

              With your answer above maybe I must have one Raspberry Pi 1 to connect with my Wolfson Audio Card, or is there another solution (for Wolfson Audio Card and Raspberry Pi 2)?

              Could you please tell me which image I can use for my Raspberry to listen my music from HDD portable. Someone comments using Openelec,... so confuse for noob like me

              Sr for my English too bad

              Thank you so much

              • Re: How to connect a Wolfson Audio Card to a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

                I note that the Cirrus version (ie for the 40 pin connector Pis) is no longer available from Farnell (although a handful are still around bundled with early pi as kits)


                I have brought the wolfson variant, of which Farnell have a shed load (which I guess they would be happy to clear away).


                I too would like to connect it to a pi3 and I note the following.

                Physical compatability is very good. Specifically the pogo connector for J5 does not interfer with the main board, although obviously a small sheet of isolating material needs to be installed.

                The cut out on the daughter pcb gives access to the key remaining pins on the 40 way connector (33-40)


                The only difference I note on the connections is that GPIO_A (feeding the 8804) and the BCLK have moved around.  So the only hardware modification needed is to cut the track from pin 12 of the 26 pin connector.  The freed track would go to pin 33 on the header and the pin itself connected to pogo connector 3.

                The other connections would be 38 (tx)   pogo 6, 40 (rx) pogo 5, 35 (frame) pogo 4


                BUT BEFORE TRYING THIS MODIFICATION, has anybody else had success/failure with such an approach?


                And of course there are still software problems to addess ....