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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/9] initial support for "suniv" Allwinner new ARM9 SoC
On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 07:17:26AM +0800, Icenowy Zheng wrote:
> This is the RFC initial patchset for the "new" Allwinner SUNIV ARM9 SoC.
>
> The same die is packaged differently, come with different co-packaged
> DRAM or shipped with different SDK; and then made many model names: F23,
> F25, F1C100A, F1C100S, F1C200S, F1C500, F1C600, R6, etc. These SoCs all
> share a common feature set and are packaged similarly (eLQFP128 for SoCs
> without co-packaged DRAM, QFN88 for with DRAM). As their's no
> functionality hidden on the QFN88 models (except DRAM interface not
> exported), it's not clever to differentiate them. So I will use suniv as
> common name of all these SoCs.

Where is that suniv prefix coming from?

And you need to have a SoC in all your compatibles. This isn't about
being clever or not, this is just a matter of being able to accurately
read in a crystal ball. Or maybe it's just the same, in which case,
I'd really like to have a course :)

You should really answer two questions here:
- Are you able to predict whether you'll find an SoC part of that
family in the future that derives a bit and will need a compatible
of its own?
- Are you able to predict which quirks we'll need along the way to
support all the SoCs you've listed there?

If you can't answer yes to both these questions, with a 100%
certainty, then you'll need a SoC name in the compatible.

Which doesn't prevent you from sharing as much as possible the DT like
we did between the A10s and the A13 for example.

Maxime

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Maxime Ripard, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering
http://free-electrons.com
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