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SubjectRE: mwifiex: PCIe8997 chip specific handling
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Hi Brian,

> From: Brian Norris [mailto:briannorris@chromium.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:14 AM
> To: Amitkumar Karwar
> Cc: linux-wireless@vger.kernel.org; Cathy Luo; Nishant Sarmukadam;
> linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> Subject: Re: mwifiex: PCIe8997 chip specific handling
>
> Hi,
>
> On Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 04:08:51PM +0530, Amitkumar Karwar wrote:
> > The patch corrects the revision id register and uses it along with
> > magic value and chip version registers to download appropriate
> > firmware image.
> >
> > PCIe8997 Z chipset variant code has been removed, as it won't be used
> > in production.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Amitkumar Karwar <akarwar@marvell.com>
> > ---
> > drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/pcie.c | 35
> > ++++++++++-------------------
> > drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/pcie.h | 14 +++++-------
> > 2 files changed, 18 insertions(+), 31 deletions(-)
>
> [...]
>
> > diff --git a/drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/pcie.h
> > b/drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/pcie.h
> > index f6992f0..46f99ca 100644
> > --- a/drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/pcie.h
> > +++ b/drivers/net/wireless/marvell/mwifiex/pcie.h
> > @@ -32,12 +32,9 @@
> > #define PCIE8897_DEFAULT_FW_NAME "mrvl/pcie8897_uapsta.bin"
> > #define PCIE8897_A0_FW_NAME "mrvl/pcie8897_uapsta_a0.bin"
> > #define PCIE8897_B0_FW_NAME "mrvl/pcie8897_uapsta.bin"
> > -#define PCIE8997_DEFAULT_FW_NAME "mrvl/pcieusb8997_combo_v2.bin"
> > -#define PCIEUART8997_FW_NAME_Z "mrvl/pcieuart8997_combo.bin"
> > -#define PCIEUART8997_FW_NAME_V2 "mrvl/pcieuart8997_combo_v2.bin"
> > -#define PCIEUSB8997_FW_NAME_Z "mrvl/pcieusb8997_combo.bin"
> > -#define PCIEUSB8997_FW_NAME_V2 "mrvl/pcieusb8997_combo_v2.bin"
> > -#define PCIE8997_DEFAULT_WIFIFW_NAME "mrvl/pcie8997_wlan.bin"
> > +#define PCIEUART8997_FW_NAME_V4 "mrvl/pcieuart8997_combo_v4.bin"
> > +#define PCIEUSB8997_FW_NAME_V4 "mrvl/pcieusb8997_combo_v4.bin"
> > +#define PCIE8997_DEFAULT_WIFIFW_NAME "mrvl/pcie8997_wlan_v4.bin"
>
> Why do version bumps require firmware renames? Is this just to make sure
> you don't load the new firmware on old chip revs that you don't plan to
> support for production (i.e., only early revs like the _Z you're
> dropping)? This doesn't seems like a good long-term solution, at least
> once you start getting this silicon out in the wild. At some point, I'd
> expect to see a stable file name.
>
> Brian
>

We haven't yet submitted any firmware image upstream for 8997 chipset.
pcieuart8997_combo_v4.bin/pcieusb8997_combo_v4.bin would be our firmware candidate for upstream submission. The filename would remain same hereafter.

pcie*8997_combo_v2.bin had support only for A0 chipset
pcie*8997_combo_v3.bin was our internal development version which had support for A1 chipset
pcie*8997_combo_v4.bin has support for both A0 and A1 chipsets and this is the version that shall be released to customers/upstream from now on.

Regards,
Amitkumar Karwar

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