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SubjectRe: [RESEND RFC PATCH 1/3] ASoC: mediatek: Add binding support for AFE driver
On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 06:34:07PM +0100, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 04:14:07PM +0800, Koro Chen wrote:
>
> > +Each external interface (called "IO" in this driver) is presented as a
> > +DAI to ASoC. An IO must be connected via the interconnect to a memif.
> > +The connection paths are configured through the device tree.
>
> Why are these connection paths configured via device tree? I would
> expect that either there would be runtime configurability of these
> things (particularly if loopback configurations within the hardware are
> possible) or we'd just allocate memory interfaces to DAIs automatically
> as DAIs come into use.

There is a crossbar switch between the memory interfaces and the DAIs.
Not every connection is possible, so not every memory interface can be
used for every DAI. An algorithm choosing a suitable memory interface
must be quite clever, complicated and also SoC dependent (the same but
different hardware is used on MT8135 aswell), so I thought offering a
static configuration via device tree is a good start. Should there be
runtime configuration possible later the device tree settings could
provide a good default.

>
> > +- mem-interface-playback:
> > + mem-interface-capture: property of memif, format is: <memif irq use_sram>;
> > + memif: which memif to be used
> > + (defined in include/dt-bindings/sound/mtk-afe.h)
> > + irq: which irq to be used
> > + (defined in include/dt-bindings/sound/mtk-afe.h)
> > + use_sram: 1 is yes, 0 is no
>
> Again, this looks like stuff we should be able to figure out at runtime
> - the use of SRAM in particular looks like something we might want to
> change depending on use case. Assuming it adds buffering then for a
> VoIP application we might not want to use SRAM to minimize latency but
> during music playback we might want to enable SRAM to minimize power
> consumption.

That's exactly the usecase. How could such a runtime configurability
look like? sysfs? Or something based on the buffer sizes?

Sascha

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