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SubjectRe: Async resume patch (was: Re: [GIT PULL] PM updates for 2.6.33)

On Wed, 9 Dec 2009, Mark Brown wrote:
> The problem comes when you've got audio outputs referenced to something
> other than ground which used to happen because no negative supplies were
> available in these systems. To bring these up from cold you need to
> bring the outputs up to the reference level but if you do that by just
> turning on the power you get an audible (often loud) noise in the output
> from the square(ish) waveform that results which users don't find
> acceptable.

Ouch. A second still sounds way too long - but whatever.

However, it sounds like the nice way to do that isn't by doing it
synchronously in the suspend/resume code itself, but simply ramping it
down (and up) from a timer. It would be asynchronous, but not because the
suspend itself is in any way asynchronous.

Done right, it might even result in a nice volume fade of the sound (ie if
the hw allows for it, stop the actual sound engine late on suspend, and
start it early on resume, so that sound works _while_ the whole reference
volume rampdown/up is going on)


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