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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 11/14] regulator: s2mps11: Add opmode for S2MPS14 regulators
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On Fri, 2014-02-14 at 21:05 +0000, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 02:05:56PM +0100, Krzysztof Kozlowski wrote:
> > On Thu, 2014-02-13 at 17:46 +0530, Yadwinder Singh Brar wrote:
>
> > - low-power mode;
> > - low-power mode controlled by PWREN;
> > Although not all are present for each regulator.
>
> What exactly is low power mode and how does it interact with the enable?
> The name suggests it's a more efficient mode for use with low current
> drain, is that right?

Yes, it is (i.e. ground current on battery load typically reduced from
8mA to 1.5mA). In this mode for Buck5 and LDO-s the regulator is enabled
but output current is limited to 5 mA.

>
> > 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 */
>
> Those properties have awfully generic names and part of what I was
> wondering above is if the low power mode maps onto the idle or standby
> modes that the API defines? We don't cover those in the bindings yet
> since they are unfortunately fuzzy but perhaps we need to do so.

The low power maps to REGULATOR_MODE_IDLE or REGULATOR_MODE_STANDBY
(depending on the understanding of "more efficient" and "most efficient"
for light loads). However the suspend mode of S5M8767/S2MPS14 is more
like automatic regulator disable by SoC.

Best regards,
Krzysztof




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