[PATCH v3 1/3] phy: Add exynos-simple-phy driver

Tomasz Figa t.figa at samsung.com
Fri May 16 07:49:39 PDT 2014

On 16.05.2014 16:30, Rahul Sharma wrote:
> On 16 May 2014 16:20, Tomasz Figa <t.figa at samsung.com> wrote:
>> On 16.05.2014 12:35, Rahul Sharma wrote:
>>> On 16 May 2014 15:12, Rahul Sharma <rahul.sharma at samsung.com> wrote:
>>>> On 16 May 2014 03:14, Tomasz Figa <tomasz.figa at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> On 15.05.2014 06:01, Rahul Sharma wrote:
>>> [snip]
>>>>>>> the PHY provider.
>>>>>> Please correct me if I got you wrong. You want somthing like this:
>>>>>> pmu_system_controller: system-controller at 10040000 {
>>>>>>          ...
>>>>>>           simple_phys: simple-phys {
>>>>>>                         compatible = "samsung,exynos5420-simple-phy";
>>>>>>                         ...
>>>>>>           };
>>>>>> };
>>>>> Not exactly.
>>>>> What I meant is that the PMU node itself should be the PHY provider, e.g.
>>>>> pmu_system_controller: system-controller at 10040000 {
>>>>>         /* ... */
>>>>>         #phy-cells = <1>;
>>>>> };
>>>>> and then the PMU node should instantiate the Exynos simple PHY driver,
>>>>> as this is a driver for a facility existing entirely inside of the PMU.
>>>>> Moreover, the driver should be rather called Exynos PMU PHY.
>>>>> I know this isn't really possible at the moment, but with device tree we
>>>>> must design things carefully, so it's better to take a bit more time and
>>>>> do things properly.
>>>>> So my opinion on this is that there should be a central Exynos PMU
>>>>> driver that claims the IO region and instantiates necessary subdrivers,
>>>>> such as Exynos PMU PHY driver, Exynos CLKOUT driver, Exynos cpuidle
>>>>> driver and more, similar to what is being done in drivers/mfd.
>>> Hi Tomasz,
>>> These PHYs are not part of PMU as such. I am not sure if it is correct to
>>> probe them as phy provider for all these phys. Only relation of these phys with
>>> the PMU is 'enable/disable control'.
>> Well, in reality what is implemented by this driver is not even a PHY,
>> just some kind of power controllers, which are contained entirely in the
>> PMU.
> I agree. Actually the role of generic phy framework for these 'simple' phys is
> only that much.
>>> Controlling this bit using regmap interface
>>> still looks better to me.
>> Well, when there is a choice between using regmap and not using regmap,
>> I'd rather choose the latter. Why would you want to introduce additional
>> abstraction layer if there is no need for such?
>>> IMHO Ideal method would be probing these PHYs independently and resolving
>>> the necessary dependencies like syscon handle, clocks etc. This way we will
>>> not be having any common phy provider for all these independent PHYs and it
>>> would be clean to add each of these phy nodes in DT. Please see my original
>>> comment below.
>>> http://lkml.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/1404.1/00701.html
>> With the solution I proposed, you don't need any kind of dependencies
>> for those simple power controllers. They are just single bits that don't
>> need anything special to operate, except PMU clock running.
> In that case we can further trim it down and let the drivers use the regmap
> interface to control this bit. Many drivers including HDMI, DP just need that
> much functionality from the phy provider.

Well, this is what several drivers already do, like USB PHY (dedicated
IP block), watchdog (for watchdog mask), SATA PHY (dedicated IP block
too) or will do, like I2C (for configuration of I2C mux on Exynos5).

At least this would be consistent with them and wouldn't be an API
abuse, so I'd be inclined to go this way more than introducing
abstractions like this patch does.

Best regards,

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