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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Bitbanging i2c bus driver using the GPIO API
On Fri, Mar 09, 2007 at 11:30:12AM -0800, David Brownell wrote:
> On Friday 09 March 2007 10:48 am, Haavard Skinnemoen wrote:
> > This is a very simple bitbanging i2c bus driver utilizing the new
> > arch-neutral GPIO API. Useful for chips that don't have a built-in
> > i2c controller, additional i2c busses, or testing purposes.
> That's the right idea! But remember that not all GPIOs support
> reading back the actual value on SCL (it's an OUT pin, so lacking
> multidrive capability the values "should" be what you wrote), so
> getscl() support should depend on a flag in platform data. In
> the same vein, if SCL is an output-only pin, you won't be able
> to change its direction ... but then, I'm not sure why you were
> changing its direction in setscl() rather than just its value.

That's a more correct I2C implementation. If you read the specs, the
SDA and SCL signals are supposed to be driven by open-collector or
open-drain drivers, such that devices only pull the bus low. Pull-up
resistors pull the signals high when undriven.

This avoids the possibility of damage caused when one device drives
a signal low and another device tries to drive it high.

Therefore, the correct I2C GPIO implementation is one where you drive
both SDA and SCL low by using a combination of the data direction
register and the output level register, but avoid driving the output

Russell King
Linux kernel 2.6 ARM Linux -
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