GW16113 miniPCIe Expansion Module

The GW16113 is a Mini-PCIe GPIO expansion module that offers more GPIO to a Gateworks SBC.

Disclaimer : This card has only been tested on Gateworks Single Board Computers. Gateworks only provides support when used on a Gateworks SBC.



  • MiniPCIe form-factor
  • MiniPCIe socket providing PCIe signalling and USB signalling pass-through
  • Uses Mini-PCIe USB pins Pin 36 USB- and Pin 38 USB+
  • 3x 10pin Port connectors:
    • 1x 3.3V power pin
    • 1x ground
    • 8x I/O (24 total) 3.3V TTL with various termination configurations
  • USB FS interface to host processor
  • On-board USB hub (to provide USB pass-through to miniPCIe socket)
  • 2x surface mount green user-controllable LED's

Gateworks will offer the GW16113 pre-programmed with all pins configured as GPIO / DIO.

I/O pins

The 24 I/O terminals available on the GW16113 are 3.3V TTL level

Pin I/O details:

  • Voltage
Parameter Description Min Max Comment
VGPIO Range of Input Voltage -0.5V 3.8V VSSD-0.5 to VDDD+0.5
VMIN Maximum Input voltage 3.8V VDDD+0.5
VIH Input voltage high threshold 2.31V - 0.7 x VDDIO
VIL Input voltage low threshold - 0.99V 0.3 x VDDIO
VOH Output voltage high 2.9V - VDDIO-0.4
VOL Output voltage low - 0.8V IOL = 25mA
  • Current capabilities
Parameter Description Source Sink Notes
IGPIO J2/P3,J1/P0 current 4 mA 8 mA
ISIO J1/P12 current 4 mA 25 mA 1
  1. The GW16113 has 332 ohm series termination resistors between the PSoC pins and the external connectors limiting the current to 10mA - contact sales@… for information on creating a Gateworks special with modified termination

Cable and Connector Information

Cables are sold separately.

Please see information here

General Purpose IO (GPIO)

The I/O pins allows a variety of Drive Modes:

  • strong drive
  • open drain, drives high
  • open drain, drives low
  • resistive pull-up (5.6kOhm typ)
  • resistive pull-down (5.6kOhm typ)
  • resistive pull up/down (5.6kOhm typ)
  • high impedance digital
  • high impedance analog

The USB API will allow the following:

  • get/set I/O direction (input/output)
  • get/set digital logic level
  • set digital logic level
  • configure power-up pin drive mode


On Board LEDs

There are two on-board LED's that can be turned on or off.

The USB API will allow the following:

  • enable/disable LED

Software Support

There are two pieces of software dealing with the GW16113:

  1. The GW16113 firmware that is flashed onto the PSoc chip (pre-installed from factory)
  2. The userspace program that controls the GPIOs, etc

Linux Userspace Utilities


Gateworks will provide a gwsoc command-line utility which will make use of the popular open-source and cross-platform HIDAPI and libusb libraries for:

  • updating firmware (the firmware dictates the feature matrix for the I/O pins)
  • accessing the various features (ie configuring GPIO's etc).

The gwsoc application will come pre-installed on the various Gateworks Board Support Package (BSP) firmware images. Source-code is also provided (see building gwsoc)

The gwsoc application currently is what is used to get/set GPIO configuration using 32bit registers mapped as follows on the GW16113:

bit PSoC Port / Pin GW16113
0 P12.0 (SIO) J1.1
1 P12.1 (SIO) J1.2
2 P12.2 (SIO) J1.3
3 P12.3 (SIO) J1.4
4 P12.4 (SIO) J1.5
5 P12.5 (SIO) J1.6
6 P12.6 (SIO) J1.7
7 P12.7 (SIO) J1.8
8 P3.0 (GPIO) J2.1
9 P3.1 (GPIO) J2.2
10 P3.2 (GPIO) J2.3
11 P3.3 (GPIO) J2.4
12 P3.4 (GPIO) J2.5
13 P3.5 (GPIO) J2.6
14 P3.6 (GPIO) J2.7
15 P3.7 (GPIO) J2.8
16 P0.0 (GPIO) J3.1
17 P0.1 (GPIO) J3.2
18 P0.2 (GPIO) J3.3
19 P0.3 (GPIO) J3.4
20 P0.4 (GPIO) J3.5
21 P0.5 (GPIO) J3.6
22 P0.6 (GPIO) J3.7
23 P0.7 (GPIO) J3.8
24 unused
25 unused
26 unused
27 unused
28 unused
29 unused
30 P2.0 (GPIO) D7 LED
31 P2.1 (GPIO) D8 LED

Example usage:

  • show usage:
    # gwsoc
    GWSoC Utility v1.00
    usage: gwsoc  [-p filename] [gpio[=val]] [gpiodir[=val]] [config<n>[=<val>]]
  • program GW16113_HID-GPIO firmware:
    # gwsoc -p GW16113_HID-GPIO.cyacd
  • get gpio direction register:
    # gwsoc gpiodir
    GWSoC Utility v1.00
    GWSoC_HID: 0x2beb:0x1110 Gateworks Corporation GW16113_HID_GPIO 660070
    • the value of 0x00ffffff (bit0-23 set) indicate that all I/O's are configured for input
  • set gpio direction register (set bit for input, clear for output):
    # gwsoc gpiodir=0x00ff00ff
    GWSoC Utility v1.00
    GWSoC_HID: 0x2beb:0x1110 Gateworks Corporation GW16113_HID_GPIO 660070
    • the value of 0x00ff00ff (bit0-7,16-23 set) configures P12 (J1) and P0 (J3) as inputs and P3 (J2) as outputs
  • set gpio data register (set bit to drive high, clear to drive low)
    # gwsoc gpio=0x00005500
    GWSoC Utility v1.00
    GWSoC_HID: 0x2beb:0x1110 Gateworks Corporation GW16113_HID_GPIO 660070
    • the value of 0x00005500 indicates to drive P3.0,2,4,6 cooresponding to J2.1,3,5,7 logic high
  • get gpio data register:
    # gwsoc gpio
    GWSoC Utility v1.00
    GWSoC_HID: 0x2beb:0x1110 Gateworks Corporation GW16113_HID_GPIO 660070
    • the value of 0x00005555 indicates that P12.0,2,4,6 cooresponding to J1.1,3,5,7 are reading high (these are inputs per the gpiodir setting above) and P3.0,2,4,6 cooresponding to J2.1,3,5,7 are outputing logic high

LED control:

  • Set correct direction and turns D7 and D8 on
    gwsoc gpiodir=0x000000000
    gwsoc gpio=0x000000000
  • Turns off
    gwsoc gpio=0xc0000000
  • Illuminate only D8
    gwsoc gpio=0x80000000
  • Illuminate only D7
    gwsoc gpio=0x80000000

Building gwsoc from source

To build the gwsoc application on an Ubuntu Linux host:

git clone
cd gwsoc/gwsoc
sudo apt-get install build-essential libudev-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev libhidapi-dev # install dependencies

You may also want to install a udev rule to allow group ownership of hid devices for the plugdev group:

# cat /etc/udev/rules.d/99-hid.rules
KERNEL=="hidraw*", SUBSYSTEM=="hidraw", MODE="0664", GROUP="plugdev"

PSoc 5LP and Firmware

The GW16113 is based upon the Cypress PSoC 5LP device.


Programming PSoc Firmware

  1. Compile the firmware using the PSoc creator detailed above
  2. Copy the file to the Gateworks SBC board that has the GW16113 installed
  3. Verify the gwsoc software is accessible via the command line on the Gateworks SBC
  4. Verify the USB code is still present in the new firmware image as this code is used to access and update the PSoc and without it, the board could be bricked.
  5. Program the firmware to the GW16113 with the program flag in the gwsoc application
    gwsoc -p {filename}


Pre-built firmware configurations may be available for download here.

Note The GW16113 is pre-programmed with all pins set to act as a GPIO / DIO.

The GW16113 uses the CY8C58LP (part number: CY8C5888LTI-LP097) from the PSoC5LP family which has the following:

  • 32bit ARM Cortex-M3 CPU with 32 interrupts
  • 24-channel DMA controller
  • 24-bit 64-tap fixed-point digital filter processor (DFB)
  • 256KB program flash
  • 64KB RAM
  • Cypress CapSense support
  • 1.024V +/- 0.1% internal voltage reference


Firmware Images

The current firmware images available from Gateworks here are:

  • GW16113_HID_GPIO - Vendor-ID/Product-ID: 0x2beb:0x1110 (all pins set to act as a GPIO / DIO)

The firmware resides in the 256KB PSoC FLASH therefore is non-volatile and contains both the bootloader as well as the main application. See below regarding firmware updates.

Firmware Updates

The PSoC has 256KB of programmable non-volatile FLASH that are used to contain the 'firmware application'. The pre-built firmware images provided by Gateworks contain a PSoC5 Bootloader application that allows for USB updates of the main application (aka bootloadable) firmware.

GW16113 bootloader details:

  • Bootloader is programmed at the factory via JTAG and is not able to be updated via USB (technically an application firmware can be created that allows updating the bootloader however Gateworks does not currently support this)
  • USB Vendor-ID and Product-ID of bootloader: 0x2beb:0x1100
  • Bootloader application is run when GW16113 comes out of reset (when PCI_RESET# is released) and will do one of the following depending on EEPROM configuration:
    1. remain in the bootloader awaiting a command (to jump to existing app, or program new app)
    2. remain in the bootloader awaiting a command if the state of the I/O ports latched coming out of reset matches a predefined value, otherwise jump to the application immediately
    3. jump directly to application
  • main application can be instructed to jump to the bootloader and wait for a command (to allow firmware updating)

Options 1 and 2 above are designed to provide a fool-proof way of recovering from a failed firmware update, or faulty firmware that does not allow a method to jump back to the bootloader.

The factory default configuration is to stay in the bootloader a logic value of 0x55 (pin1,3,5,7 logic high, pin2,4,6,8 logic low) is latched on P12 (J1) when the GW16113 comes out of reset (option 2 above).

The bootloader configuration is stored in the PSoC EEPROM and can be altered via the gwsoc application (or directly by the main application if using custom firmware) if the default configuration does not suit your needs.

The gwsoc application running on the host processor has the ability to instruct the application to jump to the bootloader and await a command for updating the main application firmware. The '-p' command-line option is used to update the firmware providing a '.cyacd' file.


  • program GW16113_HID-GPIO firmware:
    gwsoc -p GW16113_HID-GPIO.cyacd

If for some reason the use case demands the 15KB FLASH space (of 256KB available) used by the bootloader or the ability to update the firmware via USB is not desired, the firmware can be customized by the user to eliminate the bootloader. The resulting firmware would need to be programmed via JTAG. Contact sales@… if this is a requirement.

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