[PATCH] drivers: brcmaxi: provide amba axi functionality in separate module

Arend van Spriel arend at broadcom.com
Sat Apr 23 11:07:19 EDT 2011

On Sat, 23 Apr 2011 14:33:21 +0200, Jonas Gorski <jonas.gorski at gmail.com>  

> On 21 April 2011 16:38, Arend van Spriel <arend at broadcom.com> wrote:
>> Would it be possible to make chipcommon driver optional (not doing the
>> initialization)?
> This would need to be done on a per-device/bus basis, at least for
> embedded. Consider the following setup (which is quite common for dual
> band routers):
> BCM4718 (bus A)
   +- MIPS74k
> +- Common Core <- provides flash write access, GPIOs, watchdog, ...
> +- 802.11 Core <- for 2.4Ghz wifi
> +- PCIe Core
>   + BCM43224 (bus B)
>     +- Common Core
>     +- 802.11 Core <- for 5Ghz wifi
> (I omitted any cores not relevant for the example)

The MIPS may be relevant as well ;-)

In the example above I would expect two axi bus driver instances for bus A  
and bus B.

> So eventually you want to able to drive both 802.11 cores, but can't
> exclusively claim both common cores.

I would expect to be probed twice. One call for 2.4GHz 802.11 core  
referencing to bus A and one call for 5GHz 802.11 core referencing to bus  

Regarding chipcommon I agree that it requires one init sequence per  
device. I would just like to have the option to provide a custom  
initialization function for chip common (and possibly pcie) somehow.

Gr. AvS
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