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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 11/14] regulator: s2mps11: Add opmode for S2MPS14 regulators

On Thu, 2014-02-13 at 17:46 +0530, Yadwinder Singh Brar wrote:
> Hi,
> On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM, Krzysztof Kozlowski
> <> wrote:
> > S2MPS11/S2MPS14 regulators support different modes of operation:
> > - Always off;
> > - On/Off controlled by pin/GPIO (PWREN/LDOEN/EMMCEN);
> > - Always on;
> > This is very similar to S5M8767 regulator driver which also supports
> > opmodes (although S5M8767 have also low-power mode).
> >
> > This patch adds parsing the operation mode from DTS by reading a
> > "op_mode" property from regulator child node.
> >
> First thing since "op_mode" is not generic property, I think it should
> be appended with some driver specific prefix.
> But IMHO its quite generic property used and required by many other
> PMICs(almost all used by Samsung).
> I would like to use this opportunity to discuss about adding it as
> generic regulator constraint(as initial_mode)
> by providing a default mapping of generic Regulator operating
> modes(kernel specific) to operating modes supported by hardware in
> regulator driver itself.
> Regards,
> Yadwinder


I was thinking about this. This relates also to ideas pointed by Mark:
- Maybe s2mps11 and s5m8767 regulator drivers could be merged into one;
- The external control should be determined by presence of attribute
with gpios.

The S5M8767 has following operation modes (except on/off):
- external control by GPIO;
- On/Off controlled by PWREN;
- low-power mode;
- low-power mode controlled by PWREN;
Although not all are present for each regulator.

The S2MPS14 is easier:
- external control by GPIO;
- On/Off controlled by PWREN;

A generic solution for operating mode of regulators (not only s2mps11
and s5m8767) could cover all of these above or just a subset, for
example regulator bindings could look like:
- regulator-mode-suspend; /* PWR controls: on/off or low-power mode */
- regulator-mode-low-power; /* Low power mode */

What do you think?

Best regards,

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