Re: [PATCH v2 1/2] iio: core: introduce IIO_CHAN_INFO_SIGNED

From: Jonathan Cameron
Date: Wed Mar 09 2016 - 16:04:37 EST

On 07/03/16 20:09, Lars-Peter Clausen wrote:
> On 03/07/2016 03:29 PM, Ludovic Desroches wrote:
>> The same channel can be used to perform a signed or an unsigned
>> conversion. Add a new infomask element to be able to select the type of
>> conversion wanted: a raw one or a signed raw one.
> If this is the difference between offset binary and two's complement then it
> makes no sense to expose this at this level. Both are the same number just
> in a different representation and converting between them is cheap. A few
> magnitudes cheaper than reading the result over sysfs. So, if your device
> supports both, just pick one.
> For the buffered interface it may make sense to expose this, since the per
> sample overhead is a lot lower. But still doing the conversion should be
> cheap enough that it does not really matter. Before this is implemented I'd
> like to see hard performance numbers that this actually makes a difference.
> - Lars
Definitely looking for more detail on this. I'd missed we were talking simply
about representation (which is also how I read 62.6.6 Conversion Results Format
in the datasheet). Not entirely sure what I imagined the difference between
signed and unsigned output would be!