[RFC PATCH 00/15] create power sequencing subsystem

Marcel Holtmann marcel at holtmann.org
Thu Aug 19 08:23:36 PDT 2021

Hi Dmitry,

> This is an RFC of the proposed power sequencer subsystem. This is a
> generification of the MMC pwrseq code. The subsystem tries to abstract
> the idea of complex power-up/power-down/reset of the devices.
> The primary set of devices that promted me to create this patchset is
> the Qualcomm BT+WiFi family of chips. They reside on serial+platform
> interfaces (older generations) or on serial+PCIe (newer generations).
> They require a set of external voltage regulators to be powered on and
> (some of them) have separate WiFi and Bluetooth enable GPIOs.
> This patchset being an RFC tries to demonstrate the approach, design and
> usage of the pwrseq subsystem. Following issues are present in the RFC
> at this moment but will be fixed later if the overall approach would be
> viewed as acceptable:
> - No documentation
>   While the code tries to be self-documenting proper documentation
>   would be required.
> - Minimal device tree bindings changes
>   There are no proper updates for the DT bindings (thus neither Rob
>   Herring nor devicetree are included in the To/Cc lists). The dt
>   schema changes would be a part of v1.
> - Lack of proper PCIe integration
>   At this moment support for PCIe is hacked up to be able to test the
>   PCIe part of qca6390. Proper PCIe support would require automatically
>   powering up the devices before the scan basing on the proper device
>   structure in the device tree.
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> Dmitry Baryshkov (15):
>      power: add power sequencer subsystem
>      pwrseq: port MMC's pwrseq drivers to new pwrseq subsystem
>      mmc: core: switch to new pwrseq subsystem
>      ath10k: add support for pwrseq sequencing
>      Bluetooth: hci_qca: merge qca_power into qca_serdev
>      Bluetooth: hci_qca: merge init paths
>      Bluetooth: hci_qca: merge qca_power_on with qca_regulators_init
>      Bluetooth: hci_qca: futher rework of power on/off handling
>      Bluetooth: hci_qca: add support for pwrseq

any chance you can try to abandon patching hci_qca. The serdev support in hci_uart is rather hacking into old line discipline code and it is not aging well. It is really becoming a mess.

I would say that the Qualcomm serial devices could use a separate standalone serdev driver. A while I send an RFC for a new serdev driver.


There I had the idea that simple vendor specifics can be in that driver (like the Broadcom part I added there), but frankly the QCA specifics are a bit too specific and it should be a separate driver. However I think this would be a good starting point.

In general a H:4 based Bluetooth driver is dead simple with the help of h4_recv.h helper we have in the kernel. The complicated part is the power management pieces or any vendor specific low-power protocol they are running on that serial line. And since you are touching this anyway, doing a driver from scratch might be lot simpler and cleaner. It would surely help all the new QCA device showing up in the future.



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