[RFC v2 00/13] create power sequencing subsystem

Dmitry Baryshkov dmitry.baryshkov at linaro.org
Sun Aug 29 06:12:52 PDT 2021

This is the second RFC on 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.

To ease migration to pwrseq and to provide compatibility with older
device trees, while keeping drivers simple, this iteration of RFC
introduces pwrseq fallback support: pwrseq driver can register fallback
providers. If another device driver requests pwrseq instance and none
was declared, the pwrseq fallback code would go through the list of
fallback providers and if the match is found, driver would return a
crafted pwrseq instance. For now this mechanism is limited to the OF
device matching, but it can be extended further to use any combination
of device IDs.

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 or
serial + SDIO 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

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 bus scan depending on the proper
   device structure in the device tree.

Changes since RFC v1:
 - Provider pwrseq fallback support
 - Implement fallback support in pwrseq_qca.
 - Mmove susclk handling to pwrseq_qca.
 - Significantly simplify hci_qca.c changes, by dropping all legacy
   code. Now hci_qca uses only pwrseq calls to power up/down bluetooth
   parts of the chip.

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