Re: power supply gating with ltc2978

From: Guenter Roeck
Date: Fri Aug 15 2014 - 17:58:46 EST

On 08/15/2014 02:34 PM, atull wrote:

I am interested in adding functionality to be able to gate power supplies
going through a ltc2978. I see that there is a hwmon driver already
existing (hwmon/pmbus/ltc2978.c). I see some of the other hwmon drivers
have MFD's. It looks like this ltc driver would need a MFD and a
regulator driver added. However I don't see other pmbus hwmon drivers
using MFD.

So I am asking for recommendations and reservations on how to proceed here
before I get too far with this.

I would suggest to add the regulator driver registration into the pmbus code.
I would have done this earlier myself, but there was no clear need for it
so I did not bother.

The functionality between regulator and limit/status reporting is heavily
intertwined in pmbus devices, and there is no clear functional separation
between power regulation and limit/status reporting related functionality.
Or, in other words, PMBus devices are not multi-function devices.

One of the challenges is that the values to write into the "operation" register
is device specific, so it is not possible to enable the functionality for all
PMBus chips. We'll need some device specific configuration data, such as on/off
values or maybe function callbacks into device specific code, to enable
regulator functionality.


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