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

Valo, Kalle kvalo at qca.qualcomm.com
Fri May 27 05:44:52 PDT 2016

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

> On Thursday 26 May 2016 17:32:30 Valo, Kalle wrote:
>> 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?
> We currently stopped everything related to QCA9887 and so I cannot give you an
> exhaustive list. But right now basic AP functionality seems to work. The
> signal level, coverage and performance was rather bad. I cannot give you
> numbers anymore because the two actual tests with QCA9887 were done 1 year ago
> and 1/2 year ago (you know why ;) ).
> But maybe I should add that the results with the original AP147 firmware also
> wasn't better.

That doesn't sound good. Maybe a calibration issue?

>> I can upload a new version. So I need to add these flags:
>> Anything else?
> At least I didn't find more.

I pushed a new firmware image firmware-5.bin_10. with those


>> 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
>> problems.
> Yes, this would be a good idea. I personally wouldn't know where you want
> to have this warning added. So maybe you just add it? Thanks

Sure, I can add it.

>> There were some conflicts in patch 1. I fixed those now and pushed the
>> patches to the pending branch for further testing:
>> https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/kvalo/ath.git/log/?h=master-pending
>> Unfortunately I don't have QCA9887 myself so I can't test these myself.
>> I hope I didn't break anything.
> Ah, yes. The new patches "clean up growing hw checks during safe and full reset"
> and some QCA9884 stuff seems to have created some conflicts. I have redone my
> patches on top of them and compared with your solution. We came up with the
> exact same conflict resolution. So you can at least say that I would also
> have broken it ;)

Good, so I would not get the blame myself ;)

> I have just created a compat-wireless based on your branch which I've tested
> it with my QCA9887 test card. No new problems were detected.

Great, thanks for testing!

Kalle Valo

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