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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] dmaengine: add ep93xx DMA support
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2011/5/25 Mika Westerberg <mika.westerberg@iki.fi>:

> I re-checked the specs and indeed, as discussed previously, it is clear that
> Cirrus (or ARM) copied the interface from other. Even the wording in the
> document is identical in many places. However, in ep93xx User's Guide, there
> is no mention about SSP being AMBA PrimeCell peripheral. For UARTs it is
> mentioned... go figure.
>
> There are differences also, some of the bits in control registers are in
> different places. Interrupt registers are completely different and there is no
> DMA control register at all. The same things we discussed before.

But it really does not matter. The amba-pl022.c driver has all the same
deviations for things called "PL023" that are not pure PL022 either.
I just made the driver a bit more flexible, supporting both.

If the people doing drivers/usb/musb/* had done the same thing we
would have had what, 5 drivers for similar hardware?

> Back then, it wasn't known how the M2M DMA interface (the one used
> by SSP and IDE) was going to be implemented.

But I knew, having just written the needed extensions to dmaengine.
And I said so. But I realize I'm maybe not considered an authoritative
source on the subject, and I'm biased.

> IMHO it is better to have ep93xx implementation on its own driver since it is
> not a real AMBA PL022 peripheral but some weird hack made by Cirrus (although
> my opinions are bit biased).

I disagree because it's IMO at first sight no more deviant than our "PL023"
variants that still use the same pl022 driver.

Is there some inexepensive hardware with EP93xx I can get to fix this
myself?

Yours,
Linus Walleij


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