Re: GPIO registration for external Ethernet PHY oscillator enable/disable

From: Michael Welling
Date: Fri Sep 26 2014 - 12:59:33 EST

On Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 12:56:34PM -0700, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> So, PHY drivers are allowed to provide specialized implementations for
> suspend/resume operations that are called by phy_suspend() and
> phy_resume(), the current Micrel PHY driver uses the generic
> suspend/resume implementation and it is best if we can keep doing that.

In my situation the defualt phy_suspend is not sufficient. We are
looking to use the board for an application that requires a low sleep
current. The KZS8081 has a slow oscillator low power mode that is
required to meet the requirements.

So I have already overwritten the suspend/resume to send the required
commands to the PHY to achieve the slow clock mode.

If you are interested the sequence is explained in the datasheet pg 34:

> > Can it be handled outside of the PHY driver?
> I see a few possible options:
> - hook a pm_runtime callbacks for your platform, check the device
> pointer to make sure this is the PHY device, and when that is the case,
> toggle the GPIO accordingly

Not too familiar with the pm_runtime callbacks.

Can you point me to a similar example that is already in the kernel?

> - add an additional "osc_gpio" configuration parameter passed to the
> Ethernet MAC driver (presumably drivers/net/ethernet/cadence/macb.c?)
> and toggle the GPIO before and after the calls to the PHY state machine
> (phy_suspend, phy_resume, phy_start, phy_stop), that might be simpler

This seems the wrong place as the oscillator is specific to the PHY.

> - last but not least, make the PHY driver aware of that optional GPIO,
> create customized PHY suspend/resume/config_aneg callbacks

This to me feels like the path of least resistance. Though the driver
does not appear to be a platform driver so I am not sure how to pass
GPIOs to it. Maybe I am missing something.

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