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SubjectRe: [linux-sunxi] Re: [PATCH 7/7] ARM: sun7i: cubietruck: enable bluetooth module
On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 09:43:40AM +0200, Arend van Spriel wrote:
> + linux-serial@vger.kernel.org
>
> On 16/04/14 15:09, Hans de Goede wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >On 04/16/2014 12:39 PM, Chen-Yu Tsai wrote:
> >>Hi,
> >>
> >>On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 5:44 PM, Maxime Ripard
> >><maxime.ripard@free-electrons.com> wrote:
> >>>Hi,
> >>>
> >>>Please try to keep me in CC, even though the ML doesn't make it easy..
> >>
> >>Sorry about that.
> >>
> >>>On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 12:06:59AM +0800, Chen-Yu Tsai wrote:
> >>>>>>@@ -139,4 +152,16 @@
> >>>>>> reg_usb2_vbus: usb2-vbus {
> >>>>>> status = "okay";
> >>>>>> };
> >>>>>>+
> >>>>>>+ rfkill_bt {
> >>>>>>+ compatible = "rfkill-gpio";
> >>>>>>+ pinctrl-names = "default";
> >>>>>>+ pinctrl-0 = <&bt_pwr_pin_cubietruck>, <&clk_out_a_pins_a>;
> >>>>>>+ clocks = <&clk_out_a>;
> >>>>>>+ clock-frequency = <32768>;
> >>>>>>+ gpios = <&pio 7 18 0>; /* PH18 */
> >>>>>>+ gpio-names = "reset";
> >>>>>>+ rfkill-name = "bt";
> >>>>>>+ rfkill-type = <2>;
> >>>>>>+ };
> >>>>>
> >>>>>Hmmm, I don't think that's actually right.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>If you have such a device, then I'd expect it to be represented as a
> >>>>>full device in the DT, probably with one part for the WiFi, one part
> >>>>>for the Bluetooth, and here the definition of the rfkill device that
> >>>>>controls it.
> >>>>
> >>>>The AP6210 is not one device, but 2 separate chips in one module. Each
> >>>>chip has its own controls and interface. They just so happen to share
> >>>>the same enclosure. Even 2-in-1 chips by Broadcom have separate controls
> >>>>and interfaces. The WiFi side is most likely connected via SDIO, while
> >>>>the Bluetooth side is connected to a UART, and optionally I2S for sound.
> >>>
> >>>It's even easier to represent then.
> >>>
> >>>>>But tying parts of the device to the rfkill that controls it, such as
> >>>>>the clocks, or the frequency it runs at seems just wrong.
> >>>>
> >>>>I understand where you're coming from. For devices on buses that require
> >>>>drivers (such as USB, SDIO) these properties probably should be tied to
> >>>>the device node.
> >>>>
> >>>>For our use case here, which is a bluetooth chip connected on the UART,
> >>>>there is no in kernel representation or driver to tie them to. Same goes
> >>>>for UART based GPS chips. They just so happen to require toggling a GPIO,
> >>>>and maybe enabling a specific clock, to get it running. Afterwards,
> >>>>accessing it is done solely from userspace. For our Broadcom chips, the
> >>>>user has to upload its firmware first, then designate the tty as a Bluetooth
> >>>>HCI using hciattach.
> >>>>
> >>>>We are using the rfkill device as a on-off switch.
> >>>
> >>>I understand your point, but the fact that it's implemented in
> >>>user-space, or that UART is not a bus (which probably should be), is
> >>>only a Linux specific story, and how it's implemented in Linux (even
> >>>if the whole rfkill node is another one, but let's stay on topic).
> >>
> >>I gave it some thought last night. You are right. My whole approach
> >>is wrong. But let's try to make it right.
> >>
> >>So considering the fact that it's primarily connected to a UART,
> >>maybe I should make it a sub-node to the UART node it's actually
> >>connected to? Something like:
> >>
> >> uart2: serial@01c28800 {
> >> pinctrl-names = "default";
> >> pinctrl-0 = <&uart2_pins_a>;
> >> status = "okay";
> >>
> >> bt: bt_hci {
> >> compatible = "brcm,bcm20710";
> >> /* maybe add some generic compatible */
> >> pinctrl-names = "default";
> >> pinctrl-0 = <&clk_out_a_pins_a>,
> >><&bt_pwr_pin_cubietruck>;
> >> clocks = <&clk_out_a>;
> >> clock-frequency = <32768>;
> >> gpios = <&pio 7 18 0>; /* PH18 */
> >> };
> >> };
> >>
> >>And let the uart core handle power sequencing for sub-nodes.
> >
> >Great, I missed this reply when I typed my mail I send a few minutes
> >ago. I agree that this approach is how thing should be.
>
> Regarding the device tree hierarchy this seems right, but powering
> the sub-nodes seems outside the realm of uart core.

Yet, a lot of devices are connected to an UART: GPS, BT chips, GSM
modems, even some odd PMICs, so UART acting like a real bus might make
sense.

--
Maxime Ripard, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux, Kernel and Android engineering
http://free-electrons.com
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