Re: [PATCH 4/5] input: touchscreen: support Allwinner SoCs' touchscreen

From: Quentin Schulz
Date: Sun Sep 25 2016 - 15:44:18 EST

On 24/07/2016 13:24, Jonathan Cameron wrote:
> On 20/07/16 09:29, Quentin Schulz wrote:
>> This adds support for Allwinner SoCs' (A10, A13 and A31) resistive
>> touchscreen. This driver is probed by the MFD sunxi-gpadc-mfd.
>> This driver uses ADC channels exposed through the IIO framework by
>> sunxi-gpadc-iio to get its data. When opening this input device, it will
>> start buffering in the ADC driver and enable a TP_UP_PENDING irq. The ADC
>> driver will fill in a buffer with all data and call the callback the input
>> device associated with this buffer. The input device will then read the
>> buffer two by two and send X and Y coordinates to the input framework based
>> on what it received from the ADC's buffer. When closing this input device,
>> the buffering is stopped.
>> Note that locations in the first received buffer after an TP_UP_PENDING irq
>> occurred are unreliable, thus dropped.
> I think I now understand what you are doing.
> The channel grab is grabbing 4 channels, when there are only two real
> ones (x and y) then you are abusing the callback interface from IIO.

Actually, I need an IIO channel only for registering the callback from
the consumer but I never use the IIO channel in an other way from
consumer side (everything's done in the provider by reading the FIFO
register and sending data to the callback via iio_buffer).

> That transmits only one scan (e.g. here (x,y)) per call. Because you
> have added a sideband route for the buffer size what you have wil work.
> However, it is not how the interface should be used. Please fix that.
> Using it correctly is not a big issue.
> On the channels front, I'd be tempted to do this as follows:
> 6 Channels, not 4.
> First 4 are standard ADC channels
> Next 2 are the touch screen channels with appropriate descriptions
> (guessing these are actually differential channels across the various
> wires of the first two?)

Yes they are differential channels.

However, I think there is actually no sense in using several channels
for the touchscreen as everything is handled by the hardware. You only
select the touchscreen mode by setting a register and then X and Y
coordinates will be added to the FIFO register when touching the
touchscreen. I would not mind not having IIO channel at all since we do
not read from the consumer. But I need a way to register a callback to
get data from the provider. I don't know if I make myself clear enough?

> Then you set the map up to apply to the last two channels only.
> By setting available_scan_masks to the relevant options in the IIO driver
> you'll be able to automatically lock the device when ever the
> touch screeen driver is loaded.
> That map will be something like (in binary
> 000000
> 000011
> 000100
> 001000
> 010000
> 100000
> 001100
> 010100
> 011000
> 100100
> 101000
> 110000
> 011100
> 101100
> 110100
> 111000
> 111100
> thus any combination of the ADC channels, but always all or none of the
> touchscreen (none when ever the ADC channels are on) the order above
> ensures we always turn on the minimum possible for a given requirement.
> Hence whenever the touch screen is there it'll lock out the ADC usage.
> Your postenable can look at what is there and put it in the right mode.

I'll dive more into that.

> After that, break your fifo read up into individual pairs of readings
> and push those out.
> That way we end up using the interface in the standard fashion.
> You'll also need fix the usage of the fifo for ADC mode which suffers
> from the same problem. There all sorts of nasty crashes might occur
> or you might just loose data
>> +/*
>> + * This function will be called by iio_push_to_buffers from another driver
>> + * (namely sunxi-gpadc-iio). It will be passed the buffer filled with input
>> + * values (X value then Y value) and the sunxi_gpadc_ts structure representing
>> + * the device.
>> + */
>> +static int sunxi_gpadc_ts_callback(const void *data, void *private)
>> +{
>> + const struct sunxi_gpadc_buffer *buffer = data;
>> + struct sunxi_gpadc_ts *info = private;
>> + int i = 0;
>> +
>> + /* Locations in the first buffer after an up event are unreliable */
>> + if (info->ignore_fifo_data) {
>> + info->ignore_fifo_data = false;
>> + return 0;
>> + }
>> +
> It doesn't work like this at all. You'll get one scan only on each call of
> this function. As I said in the previous driver, if there is a true reason
> to do this (and I'm unconvinced as yet) then we need to add support in the
> iio core etc for this (and emulating it when multiple scan passing isn't
> happening).
> I guess this will work, as you are passing the buffer size as a side
> band, but it is definitely not how that ABI is meant to be used.
> Also, you grab 4 channels, and only two are used here. Please explain...

Hum. Actually, that's a mistake. I'm quiet confused about how I should
do it while I never read channels from the consumer. I still "need" one
for "linking" the consumer and the provider but in the meantime, I'm
never using that channel.


Quentin Schulz, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux and Kernel engineering