[PATCH] mmc: mxs-mmc: implement broken-cd

Lauri Hintsala lauri.hintsala at bluegiga.com
Mon Sep 17 09:43:35 EDT 2012


Is it OK to use broken-cd? broken-cd feature is documented as "There is 
no card detection available; polling must be used". In this case the 
card detect is not broken but it is unrouted so it is unavailable.

Documentation about broken-cd has been added by commit:

Any tips about power management implementation are welcome if I have to 
use PM instead of polling method.


On 09/12/2012 05:06 PM, Lauri Hintsala wrote:
> Hi,
> On 09/10/2012 05:58 PM, Matt Sealey wrote:
>> I think this describes three use cases which are different, as Shawn
>> said we have here;
>> * missing card detect support (card detect is not wired so it's
>> impossible to tell, and the controller doesn't support the SD standard
>> card detection)
>> * non-removable device
>> * broken card detect support
>> The third one is what the property sounds like it describes, but this
>> is not the use case you are describing at all. This kind of property
>> naming is more like describing "card detect doesn't operate reliably"
>> which is true of i.MX devices with certain versions of the eSDHC and
>> uSDHC controllers, where non-GPIO card detection interferes with SDIO
>> interrupts, but in this case a board designer should add a real card
>> detect pin to the board (most more expensive push-push SD card slots
>> come with a pin you can wire for CD). In cases where errata is
>> published after boards are shipped, broken-cd is a meaningful
>> description when described in the absense of a gpio cd description, or
>> presence of some cd-handled-internally style property (forgive me for
>> not cross-referencing the FSL definition for this property, we don't
>> use it here at Genesi since all our boards have GPIO CD)
>> It seems your device is a combination of the top two in the list, it
>> is not down to a broken feature at all, but one that should be
>> possible to not implement for devices which are permanently connected.
>> A non-removable device should be able to be powered down, at least
>> using runtime PM or clock gating (if this works, remember to whitelist
>> the card for clock gating!) but card detect shouldn't be used in this
>> case to detect if the card is powered or not (this is a problem for
>> your card controller and card driver state tracker. The MMC subsystem
>> already tracks this state fairly well for power management).
> Do you mean the polling mode shouldn't been used to detect if the device
> is powered?
> Is there any examples how PM support could be implemented? I'm not
> familiar with PM subsystem. How is it done in practice? Should I play
> with fixed regulators?
> BR,
> Lauri
>> I would refrain from calling a feature "broken card detect" if there
>> is actually no breakage involved especially if it would be more
>> prudent instead look into how to figure out how to track power
>> management state properly without cluttering the device tree.
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