Re: [PATCH 0/3] drm/i915 / LPSS / mfd: Select correct PWM controller to use based on VBT

From: Jani Nikula
Date: Tue Nov 19 2019 - 10:43:17 EST

On Tue, 19 Nov 2019, Hans de Goede <hdegoede@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi All,
> This series needs to be merged through a single tree, to keep things
> bisectable. I have even considered just squashing all 3 patches into 1,
> but having separate commits seems better, but that does lead to an
> intermediate state where the backlight sysfs interface will be broken
> (and fixed 2 commits later). See below for some background info.
> The changes to drivers/acpi/acpi_lpss.c and drivers/mfd/intel_soc_pmic_core.c
> are quite small and should not lead to any conflicts, so I believe that
> it would be best to merge this entire series through the drm-intel tree.
> Lee, may I have your Acked-by for merging the mfd change through the
> drm-intel tree?
> Rafael, may I have your Acked-by for merging the acpi_lpss change through the
> drm-intel tree?
> Regards,
> Hans
> p.s.
> The promised background info:
> We have this long standing issue where instead of looking in the i915
> VBT (Video BIOS Table) to see if we should use the PWM block of the SoC
> or of the PMIC to control the backlight of a DSI panel, we rely on
> drivers/acpi/acpi_lpss.c and/or drivers/mfd/intel_soc_pmic_core.c
> registering a pwm with the generic name of "pwm_backlight" and then the
> i915 panel code does a pwm_get(dev, "pwm_backlight").
> We have some heuristics in drivers/acpi/acpi_lpss.c to not register the
> lookup if a Crystal Cove PMIC is presend and the mfd/intel_soc_pmic_core.c
> code simply assumes that since there is a PMIC the PMIC PWM block will
> be used. Basically we are winging it.
> Recently I've learned about 2 different BYT devices:
> Point of View MOBII TAB-P800W
> Acer Switch 10 SW5-012
> Which use a Crystal Cove PMIC, yet the LCD is connected to the SoC/LPSS
> PWM controller (and the VBT correctly indicates this), so here our old
> heuristics fail.
> This series renams the PWM lookups registered by the LPSS /
> intel_soc_pmic_core.c code from "pwm_backlight" to "pwm_soc_backlight" resp.
> "pwm_pmic_backlight" and in the LPSS case also dropping the heuristics when
> to register the lookup. This combined with teaching the i915 panel to call
> pwm_get for the right lookup-name depending on the VBT bits resolves this.

Hans, thanks for your continued efforts in digging into the bottom of

I'm sure there are a number of related bugs still open at fdo bugzilla.

It all makes sense,

Acked-by: Jani Nikula <jani.nikula@xxxxxxxxx>

for merging through whichever tree.


Jani Nikula, Intel Open Source Graphics Center