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Reading and Writing to Device Registers in UMDF 1.x Drivers

Last Updated: 7/30/2016

[This topic applies to UMDF 1.x.]

Starting in UMDF version 1.11, the framework provides a set of routines to access registers in memory space and I/O port space. The UMDF register/port access routines are very similar to the HAL routines used by kernel-mode drivers. After a driver has mapped registers as described in Finding and Mapping Hardware Resources in a UMDF Driver, the driver uses the READ/WRITE_REGISTER_Xxx routines to read and write to individual registers. For I/O ports, the driver calls the READ/WRITE_PORT_Xxx routines.

This example shows how to write to a memory-mapped register.

    __in IWDFDevice3* pWdfDevice,
    __in UCHAR Value
    // Write the UCHAR value at offset 2 from register base

By default, UMDF internally uses system calls to access the registers mapped either in memory space or in I/O port space. A register in I/O port space is always accessed through a system call. However, when accessing memory-mapped registers, a UMDF driver can cause the framework to map the memory-mapped registers into user-mode address space by setting the INF directive UmdfRegisterAccessMode to RegisterAccessUsingUserModeMapping. Some drivers may need to do this for performance reasons. See Specifying WDF Directives in INF Files for a complete list of UMDF INF directives.

The driver should use the READ/WRITE_REGISTER_Xxx routines even if it has mapped registers into user-mode. These routines validate driver input and ensure that the driver doesn't request access to invalid locations. Rarely, a driver may need to access user-mode mapped registers directly, without using these routines. To do so, a driver retrieves the user-mode mapped address by calling IWDFDevice3::GetHardwareRegisterMappedAddress on the mapped base address. Because UMDF doesn't validate read and write accesses performed in this way, this technique is not recommended for register access.

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