Re: [PATCH 0/2] FTDI CBUS GPIO support

From: Johan Hovold
Date: Tue Jun 23 2015 - 05:22:35 EST

On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 10:11:35PM +0200, Stefan Agner wrote:
> On 2015-06-22 19:26, Johan Hovold wrote:

> > Instead, hang the gpio chip directly off the usb interface (not the
> > port), add a new config option, and keep the gpio implementation under
> > drivers/usb/serial (possibly in its own file ftdi_sio-gpio.c).
> Agreed sounds like a good plan. Will try this approach in v2.
> Except I don't think hanging it directly to the USB interface is the
> right thing to do.
> Looking at the block diagram of FT232R or FT232H, the CBUS pins seem to
> be part of the UART/FIFO controller. And I think the dual UART FT2232D
> actually supports controlling the CBUS pins of the two UART controllers
> individually, at least the block diagram thereof suggests so.

The port is a Linux abstraction, and for FTDI we happen to have exactly
one port child device per USB interface. As I see it, the gpio
controller for the CBUS pins should be a sibling rather than a child
device to the port.

Note that we'd still have two gpio-controllers on FT2232D (one per USB

I'm aware that this requires some restructuring of the ftdi_sio-driver
(e.g. the device type and ftdi-interface number should be a feature of
the usb-serial rather than usb-serial-port device).

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