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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] dts: socfpga: Add bindings for Altera SoC SDRAM controller
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On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 1:52 PM, Rob Herring <robherring2@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 11:02 AM, delicious quinoa
> <delicious.quinoa@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM, Steffen Trumtrar
>> <s.trumtrar@pengutronix.de> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Apr 08, 2014 at 09:29:50AM -0500, Thor Thayer wrote:
>>>> On Tue, 2014-04-08 at 15:38 +0200, Steffen Trumtrar wrote:
>>>> > Hi!
>>>> >
>>>> > On Mon, Apr 07, 2014 at 04:54:07PM -0500, tthayer@altera.com wrote:
>>>> > > From: Thor Thayer <tthayer@altera.com>
>>>> > >
>>>> > > Addition of the Altera SDRAM controller bindings and device
>>>> > > tree changes to the Altera SoC project.
>>>> > >
>>>> [snip]
>>>> > > +
>>>> > > +Required properties:
>>>> > > +- compatible : "altr,sdr-ctl", "syscon";
>>>> > > + Note that syscon is invoked for this device to support the FPGA
>>>> > > + bridge driver, EDAC driver and other devices that share the
>>>> > > + registers.
>>>> > > +- reg : Should contain 1 register ranges(address and length)
>>>> >
>>>> > I haven't really thought this through, but why would the FPGA bridge driver
>>>> > access the sdram controller? For releasing the resets in fpgaportrst ? Or is
>>>> > there more?
>>>>
>>>> Hi Steffan. No, not for resets. We need to enable the FPGA to SDRAM
>>>> path. Our SDRAM controller allows FPGA master access to the SDRAM.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Yes. But what you have to do to enable the path is let the FPGA port you use
>>> out of reset. And that is it as far as I can see. The rest happens in the
>>> bitstream. Or is there more to enable the path?
>>> The FPGA2SDRAM bridge is the one I didn't use as of yet, so if I miss something
>>> please elaborate.
>>
>> Hi Steffen,
>>
>> The sdram controller is used by two drivers. That's why we want to
>> specify "syscon" here. The other driver is the FPGA bridge driver.
>> Its functionality is very separate from what this driver is doing (we
>> are not enabling the bridge in this driver; we are enabling the
>> monitoring and resetting the interrupt bit of the EDAC). We wanted to
>> specify "syscon" her so that we don't have to have to change it for
>> the other driver.
>
> But are there actually overlapping registers which are accessed by
> both drivers and need the protection of regmap?

No overlapping registers here. Just various registers that are used
by: edac driver, fpga bridge, low power modes. So no special
protection needed.

>
> Perhaps MFD is more appropriate than syscon?
>
> Rob

A syscon will do fine here. If we did a MFD, all it would be doing
would be providing register access for this range of registers to a
few drivers, so syscon does that without any trouble.

Alan Tull
aka
delicious quinoa


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