Re: [PATCH 22/26] Input: synaptics-rmi4 - Add F30 support

From: Andrew Duggan
Date: Wed Nov 11 2015 - 14:10:24 EST

On 11/09/2015 03:25 PM, Dmitry Torokhov wrote:
On Mon, Nov 09, 2015 at 02:54:08PM -0800, Andrew Duggan wrote:
On 11/09/2015 06:06 AM, Benjamin Tissoires wrote:
Hey Linus,

first thanks for the reviews. Much appreciated.

On Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 2:32 PM, Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 12:42 AM, Andrew Duggan <aduggan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Benjamin Tissoires <benjamin.tissoires@xxxxxxxxxx>

RMI4 Function 0x30 provides support for GPIOs, LEDs and mechanical
buttons. In particular, the mechanical button support is used in
an increasing number of touchpads.

[BT] cured the code to rely only on the unified input node created
by rmi_driver.

Signed-off-by: Andrew Duggan <aduggan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Allie Xiong <axiong@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Benjamin Tissoires <benjamin.tissoires@xxxxxxxxxx>
I see this function driver is not yet adding any gpio_chip or
LEDs class devices, which is fine, we can add that later when
we have something to test. Or is iit using that LED feature
in the input layer that corresponds to caps lock etc?
F30 is currently only used in touchpads and mostly used to report
the the click of the tact switch on clickpads. When the GPIO
interrupts we report the appropriate button event to the host.
Because the GPIOs are wired to our ASIC and not to the host I'm not
sure there is any benefit to exposing it to the host using

Dmitry asked a similar question and here is my response to him:

There are a few rmi touchpads which have LEDs in the top left corner
to indicate if the touchpad has been enabled / disabled. Writing to
a register in F30 would turn on and off the LED. I don't think they
are being made anymore so I haven't really looked into how we would
implement this. If there is something in the input layer for
controlling LEDs that might be the way to do it.
No, it should be eventually exported as a generic LED (input core itself
now registers its capslock, etc leds with LED core and I do not plan on
adding new input LEDs).

Do not take my words as the official ones, but when we discussed with
Synaptics about F30 (and unified input), they told us that they
designed the driver based on the phone use case. In such use case, the
power (and maybe LEDs) are handled through F30, and the touchscreen
through F11/12. Problem is, I am not even sure there are phones around
with such F30/F11 combination.

So in the end, from what I can see, F30 is used for buttons on
touchpads/clickpads, and LEDs when there are some on these touchpads.

I don't know if the keyboards would use F30 for their LEDs though.

That being said. Unless Synaptics tells us that there are uses of a
non "unified" input device somewhere, I would also agree to only keep
the "unified" input node, which would simplify both F11/12 and F30.
The original architecture of the driver was to have each function
have it's own input device. The reasoning was that you would have a
phone with a touchscreen (F11) and maybe some capacitive buttons
(F19 or F1A or something) and that the system should see these as
two separate devices. I'm wondering if this is needed though. Would
userspace care if a touchscreen also reported KEY_HOME, KEY_BACK, or

At this point I agree, it's probably time to just have F11, F12, and
F30 all report from the input device created in rmi_driver and
remove the non unified option. If someday there is a function which
needs to report data from a different input device it can just
create it in that function.
Hmm.. if F30 is used for clickpads I agree that we'd want to mix it in
with the F11 data. But for generic capacitive buttons I think it would
be better if they are reported separately. Whether we want to do that
form F30 or have F30 actually export gpios and use gpio-keys to actually
create input device - I am open to discussing.


I would suggest that we get rid of the unified input option and always create an input device in rmi_driver and that can be the default input device which F11 and F12 can use to report events. Then in the case of capacitive buttons we can create an input device internally in that function driver specificity for those events so they can be reported separately. F30 will also use the default input device in the case of touchpads.

I don't know of any non touchpad devices which use F30 and I think it's unlikely that there would be any. I think it's really meant for controlling the buttons and LEDs which are on the touchpad PCB. There probably isn't much reason to wire external GPIOs and LEDs to be controlled by our ASIC*. If such a device existed then exporting GPIOs with gpio_chip and using gpio-keys seems like a reasonable way to do it. I'm just not sure we will have devices which need to use that implementation.

* There is the one exception which is the Lenovo systems which have the external physical stick buttons are wired to our ASIC, but that is a special case and it's events should be forwarded to the stick's input device instead of being reported separately using gpio-keys.


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