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SubjectRe: [RFC] pwm-backlight: Allow backlight to remain disabled on boot
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Hi All,

    Since many panel power sequence request backlight stay disable

before panel power ready, but with now pwm-backlight drvier, it default to

enable backlight when pwm-backlight probe, it mess up the panel power
sequence.

So we need this patch. This patch have been fly for a long time, does
anyone have plan

to merge it?


On Thursday, July 31, 2014 07:42 PM, Thierry Reding wrote:
> From: Thierry Reding <treding@nvidia.com>
>
> The default for backlight devices is to be enabled immediately when
> registering with the backlight core. This can be useful for setups that
> use a simple framebuffer device and where the backlight cannot otherwise
> be hooked up to the panel.
>
> However, when dealing with more complex setups, such as those of recent
> ARM SoCs, this can be problematic. Since the backlight is usually setup
> separately from the display controller, the probe order is not usually
> deterministic. That can lead to situations where the backlight will be
> powered up and the panel will show an uninitialized framebuffer.
>
> Furthermore, subsystems such as DRM have advanced functionality to set
> the power mode of a panel. In order to allow such setups to power up the
> panel at exactly the right moment, a way is needed to prevent the
> backlight core from powering the backlight up automatically when it is
> registered.
>
> This commit introduces a new boot_off field in the platform data (and
> also implements getting the same information from device tree). When set
> the initial backlight power mode will be set to "off".
>
> Signed-off-by: Thierry Reding <treding@nvidia.com>
> ---
> I've been meaning to send this for a while but was always holding back
> because of the indoctrination that this type of configuration shouldn't
> be part of device tree. However this issue was recently raised again in
> the context of power up sequences for display panels. As described above
> the issue is that panel datasheets recommend that the backlight attached
> to a panel be turned on at the very last step to avoid visual glitches
> during the panel's power up sequence. With the current implementation it
> is typical for the backlight to be probed before the display panel. That
> has, in many cases, the side-effect of enabling the backlight, therefore
> making the screen content visible before it's actually initialized.
>
> Some panels come up with random garbage when uninitialized, others show
> all white. With some luck the panel will be all black and users won't
> really notice.
>
> This patch is an attempt to enable boards to override the default of
> turning on the backlight for the pwm-backlight driver. I'm not sure if
> there was a specific reason to turn on the backlight by default when
> this driver was initially written, but the fact is that since it has
> pretty much always been like this we can't really go and change the
> default, otherwise a lot of people may end up with no backlight and no
> clue as to how to enable it. So the only reasonable thing we can do is
> to keep the old behaviour and give new boards a way to override it if
> they know that some other part of the stack will enable it at the right
> moment.
>
> .../devicetree/bindings/video/backlight/pwm-backlight.txt | 1 +
> drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c | 8 ++++++++
> include/linux/pwm_backlight.h | 2 ++
> 3 files changed, 11 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/video/backlight/pwm-backlight.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/video/backlight/pwm-backlight.txt
> index 764db86d441a..65e001a1733d 100644
> --- a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/video/backlight/pwm-backlight.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/video/backlight/pwm-backlight.txt
> @@ -17,6 +17,7 @@ Optional properties:
> "pwms" property (see PWM binding[0])
> - enable-gpios: contains a single GPIO specifier for the GPIO which enables
> and disables the backlight (see GPIO binding[1])
> + - backlight-boot-off: keep the backlight disabled on boot
>
> [0]: Documentation/devicetree/bindings/pwm/pwm.txt
> [1]: Documentation/devicetree/bindings/gpio/gpio.txt
> diff --git a/drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c b/drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c
> index d7a3d13e72ec..62adfc9d37a7 100644
> --- a/drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c
> +++ b/drivers/video/backlight/pwm_bl.c
> @@ -173,6 +173,8 @@ static int pwm_backlight_parse_dt(struct device *dev,
> data->max_brightness--;
> }
>
> + data->boot_off = of_property_read_bool(node, "backlight-boot-off");
> +
> return 0;
> }
>
> @@ -317,6 +319,12 @@ static int pwm_backlight_probe(struct platform_device *pdev)
> }
>
> bl->props.brightness = data->dft_brightness;
> +
> + if (data->boot_off)
> + bl->props.power = FB_BLANK_POWERDOWN;
> + else
> + bl->props.power = FB_BLANK_UNBLANK;
> +
> backlight_update_status(bl);
>
> platform_set_drvdata(pdev, bl);
> diff --git a/include/linux/pwm_backlight.h b/include/linux/pwm_backlight.h
> index efdd9227a49c..1fc14989da4a 100644
> --- a/include/linux/pwm_backlight.h
> +++ b/include/linux/pwm_backlight.h
> @@ -15,6 +15,8 @@ struct platform_pwm_backlight_data {
> unsigned int *levels;
> /* TODO remove once all users are switched to gpiod_* API */
> int enable_gpio;
> + bool boot_off;
> +
> int (*init)(struct device *dev);
> int (*notify)(struct device *dev, int brightness);
> void (*notify_after)(struct device *dev, int brightness);


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