[PATCH v2 20/28] ARM: tegra: cpufreq: Disable cpufreq during suspend

Colin Cross ccross at android.com
Mon Jan 24 15:52:51 EST 2011

On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 12:26 PM, Mark Brown
<broonie at opensource.wolfsonmicro.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 11:52:12AM -0800, Colin Cross wrote:
>> Even _noirq isn't late enough, if cpufreq keeps trying to change the
>> frequency (and thus voltage) until sysdev suspend.
> If it were just cpufreq in isolation I'm not sure it'd be a big deal -
> nothing will go hideously wrong if it's ticking away by itself providing
> it's just governors working away providing the error handling is OK.
> However...
>> On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM, Mark Brown
>> > So you actively need to push the processor into low power mode during
>> > suspend?  I'm still not 100% clear what's triggering the issues you're
>> It's more of a voltage scaling issue than a cpufreq issue directly.
>> Tegra requires the voltage be set to nominal during resume, and the
>> only time it can be set for resume is before I2C suspends.  I handle
>> the problem with a suspend notifier in the latest version of the clock
>> voltage scaling patches, but I kept this patch to avoid cpufreq trying
>> to go to frequencies that are not supported by the suspend voltage.
> ...it sounds like you do actually have something of the above issue -
> but I think it's a generic-ish problem.  See below.
>> > Typically this stuff isn't a problem for regulators themselves since if
>> > they're active by the time I2C is off they normally get suspended by
>> > hardware handshakes from the CPU as that enters low power mode - right
>> > now we have no regulators at all in mainline that do anything in
>> > software on suspend.  We can get a long way by just ignoring what
>> > happens to regulators over suspend (there is some work to do here but
>> > it's orthogonal to this sort of issue).
>> The regulator driver itself has nothing to do, and when the CPU enters
>> its lowest power mode it signals the regulator to turn off, but
>> something needs to tell the regulator to go to the correct voltage.
> Normally that's handled by the same transition logic - the core PMIC
> will usually sequence a bunch of voltage and power status changes when
> entering its own low power mode and have a similar transition on resume
> which will ensure that the regulators power back up with a sane setup
> regardless of the state they were in beforehand.

I believe Tegra supports this mode, where the Tegra PMC can master the
I2C bus to control an external PMIC during resume, but I've never seen
it used.

> It sounds like for your systems what's happening is that the resume is
> restoring the previously configured voltages for the core rails rather
> than going to a known good state.  Is my understanding correct here?
> While your fix is good and I don't see any reason not to do it this does
> sound like something we should have a solution for in common code as I'd
> not be surprised if there were other hardware out there which did a
> similar thing.

Yes - the core can be connected to a dumb I2C regulator, which the
core can turn on and off with a request line, but can't control the
voltage without a regulator driver controlling the I2C bus.

> Assuming I'm not completely off base with the above it'd be good if you
> could clarify this in the commit message - there's enough dragons with
> this stuff and it's common to refer to other implementations so it'd be
> nice if we had a clear record of the issue in the log.

Will do

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