[PATCH 0/2] ath10k: Add support for QCA9887

Valo, Kalle kvalo at qca.qualcomm.com
Thu May 26 10:32:30 PDT 2016

Sven Eckelmann <sven.eckelmann at open-mesh.com> writes:

> the QCA9887 chip is similar to the QCA988x chips. But it requires a special
> firmware and uses a different calibration data source. Unfortunately, no
> working firmware currently exists. But it is possible to create a semi working
> one by binary patching the current version.

So what works and what doesn't?

>     # download new fw + set ATH10K_FW_FEATURE_HAS_WMI_MGMT_TX+ATH10K_FW_FEATURE_NO_P2P
>     curl -o firmware-5.bin https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kvalo/ath10k-firmware/master/QCA9887/firmware-5.bin_10.
>     echo -en '\x0c'|dd conv=notrunc bs=1 seek=231112 of=firmware-5.bin
>     mkdir -p /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA9887/hw1.0/
>     mv firmware-5.bin /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA9887/hw1.0/firmware-5.bin
> I am also guessing that ATH10K_FW_FEATURE_SUPPORTS_SKIP_CLOCK_INIT should
> also be set but this would require a ie_len of 2.

I can upload a new version. So I need to add these flags:


Anything else?

> The QCA9887 support should be considered really experimental because we don't
> have any information how the interface to firmware actually looks like. The
> workarounds mentioned above were just implemented because we saw the firmware
> crashing and then guessed the most plausible reason for it.

Should we add a warning message to ath10k that the QCA9887 support is
experimental? That way users don't need to wonder why there are so many

There were some conflicts in patch 1. I fixed those now and pushed the
patches to the pending branch for further testing:


Unfortunately I don't have QCA9887 myself so I can't test these myself.
I hope I didn't break anything.

Kalle Valo

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