[PATCH v3 1/2] dt-bindings: drm/bridge: adv7511: Add regulator bindings

Laurent Pinchart laurent.pinchart at ideasonboard.com
Mon Dec 5 21:16:22 UTC 2016

Hi Bjorn,

On Monday 05 Dec 2016 13:11:51 Bjorn Andersson wrote:
> On Tue 29 Nov 01:11 PST 2016, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> > On Tuesday 29 Nov 2016 13:41:33 Archit Taneja wrote:
> >> On 11/29/2016 12:03 PM, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> >>> On Tuesday 29 Nov 2016 11:37:41 Archit Taneja wrote:
> >>>> Add the regulator supply properties needed by ADV7511 and ADV7533.
> >>>> 
> >>>> The regulators are specified as optional properties since there can
> >>>> be boards which have a fixed supply directly routed to the pins, and
> >>>> these may not be modelled as regulator supplies.
> >>> 
> >>> That's why we have support for dummy supplies in the kernel, isn't it
> >>> ? Isn't it better to make the supplies mandatory in the bindings (and
> >>> obviously handling them as optional in the driver for
> >>> backward-compatibility) ?
> >> 
> >> I'm a bit unclear on this.
> >> 
> >> I thought we couldn't add mandatory properties once the device is
> >> already present in DT for one or more platforms.
> > 
> > You can, as long as you treat them as optional in the driver to retain
> > backward compatibility. The DT bindings should document the properties
> > expected from a new platform (older versions of the bindings will always
> > be available in the git history).
> If you document them as required and don't do anything special in the
> implementation (i.e. just call devm_regulator_get() as usual) it will
> just work, in the absence of the property you will get a dummy regulator
> from the framework.
> And then add the fixed-voltage regulators to the new DT to make that
> properly describe the hardware.
> >> Say, if we do make it mandatory for future additions, we would need to
> >> have DT property for the supplies for the new platforms. If the
> >> regulators on these boards are fixed supplies, they would be need to be
> >> modeled using "regulator-fixed", possibly without any input supply. Is
> >> that what you're suggesting?
> > 
> > That's the idea, yes. Clock maintainers have a similar opinion regarding
> > the clock bindings, where a clock that is not optional at the hardware
> > level should be specified in DT even if it's always present.
> Further more, a DT binding for a particular block should describe that
> block; so if we have three different 1.8V pins then the DT binding
> should reflect this - even if our current platform have them wired to
> the same regulator.

This has been discussed previously, and Rob agreed that if the datasheet 
recommends to power all supplies from the same regulator we can take that as a 
good hint that a single supply should be enough. In the very unlikely event 
that a board would require control of more regulators we can always extend the 
DT bindings later without breaking backward compatibility.

> (And the supply names would preferably be based on the pin names in the
> component data sheet)


Laurent Pinchart

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