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Samsung YP-S3


The YP-S3 is a music player by Samsung, apparently very similar to the YP-S5. This page is a collection of information to help implement a rockbox port to this player (and similar others).


Using the DFU mode, we can send a small test program to RAM and run it.

What currently works:
  • backlight, including dimming using a timer in PWM mode
  • button LEDs
  • display (the OF seems to support two types, only one type has been tested)
  • readout of "hard" buttons (hold and power)
  • i2c driver
  • RTC readout over i2c
  • headphone presence detection
  • adc driver for reading USB and battery voltage
  • enabling the charger and monitoring charging status
  • reading the touch keys
  • tuning the Si4703 fm-radio chip
  • communication with the audio codec over i2c (used to set the audio volume for example)
  • staying powered-up without the USB cable plugged


A disassembly video can be found here:

A disassembly video of the YP-S5 (very similar to the YP-S3) can be found here:


  • Samsung S5L8700 SoC, also used in the Meizus
  • 580 mAh lithium polymer battery from ATL
  • NAND flash (MLC): K9LBG08U0M
  • Mobile SDRAM: K4M561633G
  • Wolfson codec: WM1800G (79CWPLS)
Strings from the firmware upgrade image suggest the following components:

Pin mapping

pin dir Used for
P0.0 O backlight enable, this pin can output PWM from TIMERA to do backlight dimming
P0.1 O power-on towards the power management chip (1 = keep power on, 0 = power off)
P0.2 I unknown input
P0.4 I LCD type detect (0 = type 1, 1 = type 2)
P0.5 I DFU mode detect, high when USB plugged and POWER switch is enabled, used only during boot
P1.0 I POWER switch
P1.1 I USB detect? goes low when USB plug is removed
P1.2 I unknown input, used as external interrupt
P1.3 I headphone detect (0 = headphones present)
P1.4 I tuner interrupt?
P1.5 I Melfas touch key controller DATA signal
P1.6 I Melfas touch key controller DRDY signal
P2.X I/O SMC data I/O
P3.2 O LEDs behind white menu/back buttons
P3.3 O LEDs behind blue up/down/left/right buttons
P3.4 O Melfas touch key controller DCLK signal
P4.2 O LED behind middle button
P4.3 I HOLD switch
P4.4 I SMC nWR
P4.5 I SMC nRD
P4.7 O radio power
P5.0 O audio mute (0 = mute)
P5.1 I/O unknown input/output
P5.2 O unknown output
P5.3 O charging current set (0 = about 220 mA, 1 = about 300 mA)
P5.4 I charging status (1 = charging)
P5.6 O charger enable
P6.3 O UART1 TxD
P6.4 I UART1 RxD
P6.5 O SMC chip enable
P6.6 O SMC chip enable
P10.0 O I2C SCL
P10.1 I/O I2C SDA

The LCD is connected to NOR flash RAM port, plus pins P7.0 and P7.1 for reset and select.

I2C devices

Internal i2c bus:
  • 0x20: Si4703 FM tuner, similar to Si4700 and Si4702, but with RDS support
  • 0x34: WM1800 codec
  • 0x60-0x6F: looks like an S35390A RTC

Touch key controller

The touch keys are controlled by a Melfas touch key chip.

When a key is touched, the controller pulls down P1.6, signalling that the CPU can now use P3.4 to clock in a 20-bit word from pin P1.5. The status (touched or released) of each touch key can be determined from the bits in this word.

ADC inputs

channel voltage
0 USB input voltage (full range seems to be 6.00V)
1 possibly not connected to anything (shows an unstable low number)
2 battery voltage (full range of about 4.650V matches other Samsung players)
3 possibly not connected to anything (shows an unstable high number)

The measured battery voltage seems to be valid only when the USB plug is inserted.


Charging can be enabled and disabled by software. The charger stops charging automatically when done. Software can monitor the charging status (charging busy or done) and configure one of two charging current settings.


This player seems to support two (yet unidentified) LCDs. The lcd type is determined by looking at pin P0.4. These LCDs seem to have similarities with the displays used in the Onda VX-747 and the Meizu M3.

Audio codec

The WM1800 audio codec has no publicly available documentation, but the register layout is very similar to that of other Wolfson codecs, e.g. the WM8960.

USB modes

The Samsung can present itself with three different USB configurations: MTP, MSC and DFU.

MTP mode

In MTP mode, it presents itself as a device with three endpoints (2x bulk, 1x interrupts) additional to the mandatory control endpoint 0. The USB interface says it uses a vendor specific class, subclass and protocol. Windows recognises this as an MTP device. Vendor id (VID) and product id (PID) in this mode are 0x04E8/0x5091.

MSC mode

In MSC mode, it presents itself as a regular MSC device, with two "drives" (at least it does so on Linux). One of the drives contains the usual stuff like a "Music" folder, but also some interesting files in the "SYSTEM" folder (seems like debugging info). The other drive seems to contain all kinds of low-level configuration files. MSC mode can be enabled by putting a firmware update file along with a specific "config.dat" file on the player and letting it update on reboot. Vendor id (VID) and product id (PID) in this mode are 0x04E8/0x5090.

DFU mode

DFU mode can be entered by plugging in the USB cable, then doing a hard reset (by pressing a pin in the hole at the back of the player) and holding the power button at the same time. The screen stays dark in this mode. The player now presents itself as a DFU device, with 0 extra endpoints additional to the mandatory control endpoint 0. Vendor id (VID) and product id (PID) in this mode are 0x0419/0x0145. This is exactly the same VID/PID as the Meizu M6SL in DFU mode!

Experimentation with the meizu_dfu tool shows that the DFU upgrader program can be uploaded successfully to the YP-S3 too, so we can run a rockbox bootloader test program in RAM.

NAND analysis

It is possible to upload a "BluesUtilNand" DFU image to the player, this DFU image allows access to the NAND memory over USB.

Interesting parts of the NAND flash data are:

address size item comment
00000000 4 bytes 00000000 some initial marker?
0007F000 4 bytes "220W" this could be the Whimory FTL signature, the bootloader refers to "Whimory 2.2.0"
00082000 00008000 DFU image Looks like a DFU image, it has the "CUFD" signature at 0x00082020, strings refer to "NOR SST 2M"
00102000 00008000 DFU image Same as above
00180000 00008000 DFU image Same as above
00188000 0018C000 Bootloader DFU Contains code to read/write/format the FTL, contains the graphics for the glowing S3 logo
04F80000 - some table Looks like some tables, could be FAT or FTL tables
05880000 - FS data file data (mp3 data)

The utility also allows uploading of "spare" NAND. The spare NAND blocks are much smaller than the main NAND. A possible use is meta-data for the FTL (e.g. markers, error correction data, erase/usage counters)

Relevant links

I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
service_manual_YP-S3.pdfpdf service_manual_YP-S3.pdf manage 6265.7 K 02 Jan 2015 - 14:14 LudovicJacques YP-S3 Service Manual - Disassembly Guide - Schematics etc...
r30 - 02 Jan 2015 - 14:14:35 - LudovicJacques
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