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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6 1/4] Runtime Interpreted Power Sequences
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On Thu, 2012-09-13 at 09:18 +0200, Sascha Hauer wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 10:03:27AM +0300, Tomi Valkeinen wrote:
> > On Thu, 2012-09-13 at 09:00 +0200, Sascha Hauer wrote:
> > > On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 09:54:09AM +0300, Tomi Valkeinen wrote:
> > > > On Thu, 2012-09-13 at 15:36 +0900, Alex Courbot wrote:
> > > > > On Thursday 13 September 2012 14:22:57 Tomi Valkeinen wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > However, I fear these board specific things may be quite a bit anything,
> > > > > > so it may well be pwm, gpios and regulators are not enough for them. For
> > > > > > example, there could be an FPGA on the board which requires some
> > > > > > configuration to accomplish the task at hand. It could be rather
> > > > > > difficult to handle it with a generic power sequence.
> > > > >
> > > > > Right. Note that this framework is supposed to be extended - I would like to
> > > > > at least add regulator voltage setting, and maybe even support for clocks and
> > > > > pinmux (but that might be out of place).
> > > >
> > > > Yes, that's one concern of mine... I already can imagine someone
> > > > suggesting adding conditionals to the power sequence data. Perhaps also
> > > > direct memory read/writes so you can twiddle registers directly.
>
> These memory writes can be avoided when these registers are abstracted
> as a regular gpio/regulator/pwm driver.

Only if they are gpios/regulators/pwms. Yes, I agree most of the
possible things to configure would be among those (or perhaps
pinmuxing). But there's always the odd one that's not one of those.

> > Do you have examples of board specific power sequences or such?
>
> Sure, tons of. One board needs a gpio to be set high to enable backlight,
> the next one to low, a regulator has to be enabled, and to avoid
> flickering a certain timing has to be ensured. This is all highly board
> specific.

Okay. In my experience these have always been device specific. In the
case of backlight, the backlight device requires one gpio to be set
high, other one low, etc.

Can you share a bit more what kind of HW configuration you have that
requires this? The backlight is not a single piece of HW added to the
board (or embedded into a panel module), but consists of multiple HW
blocks integrated in a custom way to the board?

Tomi

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