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SubjectRe: [PATCH v6 1/4] Runtime Interpreted Power Sequences
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On Thursday 13 September 2012 14:22:57 Tomi Valkeinen wrote:
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> On Thu, 2012-09-13 at 15:08 +0900, Alex Courbot wrote:
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> > On Thursday 13 September 2012 13:45:39 Tomi Valkeinen wrote:
> >
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> > > On Wed, 2012-09-12 at 18:57 +0900, Alexandre Courbot wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > > Some device drivers (panel backlights especially) need to follow
> > > > precise
> > > > sequences for powering on and off, involving gpios, regulators, PWMs
> > > > with a precise powering order and delays to respect between each
> > > > steps.
> > > > These sequences are board-specific, and do not belong to a particular
> > > > driver - therefore they have been performed by board-specific hook
> > > > functions to far.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > The sequences are not board-specific, they are device (backlight, etc.)
> > > specific. The sequences have been handled in board-specific hook
> > > functions so far because there hasn't been proper drivers for the
> > > devices.
> > >
> > > If I were to take the same panel (and backlight) you have and install
> > > it
> > > on my board, I would need the same power sequence.
> >
> >
> > You could also have power sequences that control a set of GPIOs for an
> > external interface (and would then be more board-specific), but you are
> > right
>
> What do you mean with "external interface"?

Any crazy circuit design that would make the regular power sequence not usable
on a specific board. Sorry, I don't have any concrete example in mind, the
above is just speculation.

> But it's true that there can always be interesting board specific
> hardware designs, and they truly are board specific. In my experience
> these are quite rare, though, but perhaps not so rare that we wouldn't
> need to care about them.
>
> 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).

> So I guess what I'm saying is that mostly these issues are device
> specific, and when they are not, they may be rather complex/strange and
> require c code.

You're definitely right about the powering issue being a device issue 99% of
the time. For the rest I do not have enough insight to emit an opinion.

Alex.



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