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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] ASoC: tas571x: New driver for TI TAS571x power amplifiers
On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM, Mark Brown <broonie@kernel.org> wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 09:16:36AM -0700, Kevin Cernekee wrote:
>> On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 4:36 AM, Mark Brown <broonie@kernel.org> wrote:
>
>> >> +static int tas571x_set_sysclk(struct snd_soc_dai *dai,
>> >> + int clk_id, unsigned int freq, int dir)
>
>> > Remove empty functions, at best they waste space at worst they break
>> > things.
>
>> Without the empty function, we run into problems with drivers that
>> abort when they get -ENOTSUPP here:
>
>> sound/soc/atmel/atmel_wm8904.c: ret =
>> snd_soc_dai_set_sysclk(codec_dai, WM8904_CLK_FLL,
>> sound/soc/atmel/atmel_wm8904.c- 0, SND_SOC_CLOCK_IN);
>> sound/soc/atmel/atmel_wm8904.c- if (ret < 0) {
>> sound/soc/atmel/atmel_wm8904.c- pr_err("%s -failed to set
>> wm8904 SYSCLK\n", __func__);
>> sound/soc/atmel/atmel_wm8904.c- return ret;
>> sound/soc/atmel/atmel_wm8904.c- }
>
> Someone trying to use the atmel_wm8904 driver with something other than
> a wm8904 shouldn't really be expecting a good experince...

The same check shows up in numerous other drivers, including the one
for the audio controller on my board.

>> Is there a stub version that I can use instead? Nothing jumped out at
>> me when looking at the other codec drivers.
>
> No, such a stub would make no sense - why would we put a stub in all the
> drivers rather than just making the core do the right thing?

AFAICT, implementing the set_sysclk callback is mandatory, even if it
is a no-op on the codec side. If I delete the stub function, audio
playback fails.

>> >> + /*
>> >> + * The master volume defaults to 0x3ff (mute), but we ignore
>> >> + * (zero) the LSB because the hardware step size is 0.125 dB
>> >> + * and TLV_DB_SCALE_ITEM has a resolution of 0.01 dB.
>> >> + */
>> >> + if (regmap_write(priv->regmap, TAS571X_MVOL_REG, 0x3fe))
>> >> + return -EIO;
>
>> > I don't understand this - is the LSB a mute bit or sommething?
>
>> The 10-bit master volume field on 5717/5719 works like:
>
>> 0x3ff: MUTE (power-on default)
>> 0x3fe: -103.750 dB
>> 0x3fd: -103.625 dB
>> [lots more options, in 0.125 dB increments]
>> 0x001: 23.875 dB
>> 0x000: 24.000 dB
>
>> Since we only have a resolution of 0.01 dB, the driver forces the LSB
>> to 0 and uses 0.25 dB increments instead of 0.125 dB. Mute is handled
>> through the dedicated per-channel soft mute register bits instead of
>> the 0x3ff volume setting.
>
> It's not entirely clear to me why we need to reset the bit, or why if
> we're just trying to update that one bit we write the entire register
> value rather than use _update_bits(). If the goal is just to change
> that one bit then _update_bits() would be a lot clearer.

The default master volume setting on the TAS5717/5719 is 0x3ff (bits
9:0). We only ever update bits 9:1 when the volume changes, because
the driver is only able to work with 0.25 dB resolution rather than
the hardware's native 0.125 dB resolution. So this register write
sets the master volume to an even number, which we know we can handle.

Clearing just the LSB would accomplish the same thing, but would be
less obvious IMO. It would also require an extra read, and the code
is less concise.

Is there a better way to handle this situation?


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