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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 00/11] Add simple NVMEM Framework via regmap.


On 29/05/15 02:20, Dan Williams wrote:
> On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 9:42 AM, Srinivas Kandagatla
> <srinivas.kandagatla@linaro.org> wrote:
>> Thankyou all for providing inputs and comments on previous versions of this patchset.
>> Here is the v5 of the patchset addressing all the issues raised as
>> part of previous versions review.
>>
>> This patchset adds a new simple NVMEM framework to kernel.
>>
>> Up until now, NVMEM drivers were stored in drivers/misc, where they all had to
>> duplicate pretty much the same code to register a sysfs file, allow in-kernel
>> users to access the content of the devices they were driving, etc.
>>
>> This was also a problem as far as other in-kernel users were involved, since
>> the solutions used were pretty much different from on driver to another, there
>> was a rather big abstraction leak.
>>
>> Introduction of this framework aims at solving this. It also introduces DT
>> representation for consumer devices to go get the data they require (MAC
>> Addresses, SoC/Revision ID, part numbers, and so on) from the NVMEMs.
>>
>> After learning few things about QCOM qfprom and other eeprom/efuses, which
>> has packed fields at bit level. Which makes it important to add support to
>> such memories. This version adds support to this type of non volatile
>> memories by adding support to bit level nvmem-cells.
>>
>> Having regmap interface to this framework would give much better
>> abstraction for nvmems on different buses.
>>
>> patch 1-2 Introduces two regmap helper functions.
>> patch 3-6 Introduces the NVMEM framework.
>> Patch 7 Adds helper functions for nvmems based on mmio.
>> Patch 8 migrates an existing driver to nvmem framework.
>> Patch 9-10 Adds Qualcomm specific qfprom driver.
>> Patch 11 adds entry in MAINTAINERS.
>>
>> Its also possible to migrate other nvmem drivers to this framework.
>>
>> Providers APIs:
>> nvmem_register/unregister();
>>
>> Consumers APIs:
>> Cell based apis for both DT/Non-DT:
>> nvmem_cell_get()/nvmem_cell_put();
>> nvmem_cell_read()/nvmem_cell_write();
>>
>> Raw byte access apis for both DT/non-DT.
>> nvmem_device_get()/nvmem_device_put()
>> nvmem_device_read()/nvmem_device_write();
>> nvmem_device_cell_read()/nvmem_device_cell_write();
>>
>> Device Tree:
>>
>> /* Provider */
>> qfprom: qfprom@00700000 {
>> ...
>>
>> /* Data cells */
>> tsens_calibration: calib@404 {
>> reg = <0x404 0x10>;
>> };
>>
>> tsens_calibration_bckp: calib_bckp@504 {
>> reg = <0x504 0x11>;
>> bit-offset = 6;
>> nbits = 128;
>> };
>>
>> pvs_version: pvs-version@6 {
>> reg = <0x6 0x2>
>> bit-offset = 7;
>> nbits = 2;
>> };
>>
>> speed_bin: speed-bin@c{
>> reg = <0xc 0x1>;
>> bit-offset = 2;
>> nbits = 3;
>>
>> };
>> ...
>> };
>>
>> userspace interface: binary file in /sys/class/nvmem/*/nvmem
>>
>> ex:
>> hexdump /sys/class/nvmem/qfprom0/nvmem
>>
>> 0000000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
>> *
>> 00000a0 db10 2240 0000 e000 0c00 0c00 0000 0c00
>> 0000000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000
>> ...
>> *
>> 0001000
>>
>> Changes since v4(https://lkml.org/lkml/2015/3/30/725)
>> * rename eeprom to nvmem suggested by Matt Porter
>
> Apologies for the bikeshed fly-by review, but given we already have
> NVME and are adding an NVDIMM driver sub-system is s/eeprom/nvmem/ a
> good idea?
>
IMO yes.

I did briefly looked at NVME before renaming the eeprom to nvmem,
NVME is aimed at defining the command/feature set for PCIe-based SSDs
with the goals of increased and efficient performance and interoperability.

This patch-set introduces simple nvmem which is applicable for non
volatile memories like efuses, eeprom, ROM, NVRAM .. etc, which are used
in most boards/SBC's. Data like calibration table, mac address or opps,
are generally stored this. This data is required by multiple drivers and
currently there is no framework in the kernel to address/abstract this,
resulting in code duplication.


--srini


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