Re: [PATCH 2/4] pinmux: Add TB10x pinmux driver

From: Stephen Warren
Date: Fri Jul 26 2013 - 12:05:27 EST

On 07/26/2013 03:42 AM, Christian Ruppert wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 01:54:18PM -0600, Stephen Warren wrote:
>> On 07/18/2013 10:07 AM, Christian Ruppert wrote:
>> ...
>>> Well, perhaps my definition of "inside"/"outside" pins was not quite
>>> clear: The pin groups define the set of (kernel internal) pin numbers of
>>> "outside" pins which are used by pin controller to map a given
>>> interface. Inside pins are not numbered and the inside interfaces are
>>> only used to determine which outside pins are part of the same group
>>> (namely those for which the pin controller hardware provides a mux
>>> connection to the same inside interface):
>>> 4
>>> 4 /|--/-- SPI
>>> PINS[0..3] --/--|| 4
>>> \|--/-- GPIO[0..3]
>>> 4
>>> PINS[4..7] -----/------ GPIO[4..7]
>>> 2
>>> 2 /|--/-- I2C
>>> PINS[8..9] --/--|| 2
>>> \|--/-- GPIO[8..9]
>>> Pins 0..3 are in the SPI group because on the "inside" they can be muxed
>>> to the SPI interface.
>>> Pins 8..9 are in the I2C group because on the "inside" they can be muxed
>>> to the I2C interface.
>>> Pins 0..9 are in the GPIO group because on the "inside" they can be
>>> muxed to the GPIO controller.
>>> All pin numbers are relative to the "outside", however, or conflict
>>> management would not be possible. I hope this is more understandable
>>> than my previous explanations.
>>> Both muxes are controlled by the same register. In our overly simplistic
>>> example this is not strictly necessary but in reality you might have pin
>>> conflicts between the different interfaces.
>> Same register, or same field/bits in that register?
>> If it's the same field/bits, I would expect to see the following pin groups:
>> 1) PINS[0..3], PINS[8..9]
>> 2) PINS[4..7]
>> ... since those are the things that are independently muxable.
>> Otherwise, I'd expect to see the following groups:
>> 1) PINS[0..3]
>> 2) PINS[4..7]
>> 3) PINS[8..9]
>>> After the discussion we had so far I'm not so sure if extending the
>>> pinctrl system with this kind of features is a very good idea.
>> That makes things simple:-)
>> One thing I still don't understand; in a previous mail, you'd mentioned
>> 3 DT properties for configuring the pinmux; one represented the pin
>> group, one represented the mux function that was selected for that pin
>> group, and there was a third ("config"?) property. I still don't
>> understand that third property. I only see pins/pingroups and mux
>> functions in the diagram I quoted above.
> In my proposal, pin groups represent interfaces instead of ports: All
> three pin groups are configured through the same bit field in the same
> register but they represent _logically_ independent functionalities.

Oh, that's a pretty "coupled" HW design!

I would suggest having a single pin group for all 10 pins (since that's
what HW really has). I imagine with that HW design, there's very little
potential for any kind of dynamic pin-muxing, since it would affect
multiple unrelated HW modules (I2C, SPI), and hence the co-ordination
required for dynamic muxing would make it impractical. As such I would
also specify the pinctrl configuration as a "hog" in the pin controller,
since each configuration bit affects multiple other devices, so it
doesn't make logical sense to try to specify the pinctrl configuration
anywhere other than the pin controller.

> The three DT properties are:
> 1. interface (which pins are we actually interested in when requesting
> this)
> 2. port (which bit field/register is used to configure this)
> 3. configuration of that port (which mux function(s) in that bit
> field/register are possible to make the interface available)

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