[PATCH V2 3/3] mmc: dw_mmc: Dont cut off vqmmc and vmmc

Jaehoon Chung jh80.chung at samsung.com
Tue Aug 26 20:55:09 PDT 2014


On 08/26/2014 12:20 AM, Doug Anderson wrote:
> Ulf,
> On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:13 AM, Ulf Hansson <ulf.hansson at linaro.org> wrote:
>> On 22 August 2014 20:27, Sonny Rao <sonnyrao at chromium.org> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 8:31 AM, Ulf Hansson <ulf.hansson at linaro.org> wrote:
>>>> On 22 August 2014 15:47, Yuvaraj Kumar C D <yuvaraj.cd at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> Exynos 5250 and 5420 based boards uses built-in CD# line for card
>>>>> detection.But unfortunately CD# line is on the same voltage rails
>>>>> as of I/O voltage rails. When we cut off vqmmc,the consequent card
>>>>> detection will break in these boards.
>>>> I am not sure I follow here.
>>>> Is the card detect mechanism handled internally by the dw_mmc controller?
>>> Yes
>> Just out of curiosity.
>> Do you know how the power to the actual dw_mmc controller is handled?
>> I expect it to be SoC specific and I am guessing power domain
>> regulators may be involved!?
> You can likely read the dw_mmc registers when vqmmc is off.  Is that
> what you're asking?  Certainly if vqmmc is not powered then the lines
> themselves will be useless, won't they?  The "vqmmc" supply goes to
> the "VDDQ_MMC2" pin on 5420.  In my 5420 user manual, I see that
> "clk", "cmd", "cd", "datN", "wp" and "biuvr" pins are all in this same
> voltage (VDDQ_MMC2) domain.  Can you really read a pin without
> powering that part of the SoC?

It's not correct.
At TRM, described as same voltage domain. But CD-pin is used with "always-on" power.
In circuit, CD# pin is disconnected.

>>>> I thought HW engineers long time ago realized that this should be done
>>>> separately on a GPIO line to be able to save power while waiting for a
>>>> card to be inserted. But that's not case then?
>>> At least in my limited experience, this seems to be common among SoC
>>> vendors who are using dw_mmc, as we've seen this elsewhere as well and
>>> after seeing it here we know that we need to ignore the CD pin that's
>>> routed to dw_mmc and use a separately powered GPIO on the board, but
>>> still there are probably many SoCs/boards which are doing it this way.
>>>>> These hosts (obviously) need to keep vqmmc (and thus vmmc) on all the
>>>>> time, even when the mmc core tells them to power off. However, one
>>>>> problem is that these cards won't properly handle mmc_power_cycle().
>>>>> That's needed to handle error cases when trying to switch voltages
>>>>> (see 0797e5f mmc:core: Fixup signal voltage switch).
>>>>> This patch adds a new MMC_POWER_OFF_HARD mode when it's doing a power
>>>>> cycle.  This mode differs from the normal MMC_POWER_OFF mode in that
>>>>> the mmc core will promise to power the slot back on before it expects
>>>>> the host to detect card insertion or removal.
>>> This patch is based off of one that Doug wrote (sent privately to
>>> Yuvaraj) which just modifies the MMC core, and should be split into
>>> two patches.
>>> One that modifies the mmc core and one that implements this in dw_mmc.
>> I looked at the mmc core parts, it seems like the wrong approach.
>> I think you shall be able use MMC_CAP_NEEDS_POLL, to handle this
>> broken card detect mechanism. We even have a DT binding for that,
>> "broken-cd".
> I don't think this is possible, but let me explain why I think so and
> you can correct me.

Exynos series is using the external gpio-cd concept. So it need not to use MMC_CAP_NEEDS_POLL.
Can use the slot-gpio API. In my exynos5 board, it's working fine with the slot-gpio API.

Best Regards,
Jaehoon Chung

> The voltage domain of the "card detect" pin on the SoC is vqmmc,
> right?  That means that you won't be able to read the pin without
> turning on vqmmc.  Even if you could read the pin without turning on
> vqmmc, the pullup on this line is connected to vqmmc too.  ...so if
> vqmmc is off then there's no pulup and you can't use card detect.
> Are you suggesting that we should flip the voltage of vqmmc (and thus
> vmmc to prevent damaging the card) during polling?  That seems ugly.
> One other thing to mention: we didn't find any power savings by
> actually turning off vmmc and vqmmc when there was no card inserted.
> There's no current running through the lines when there is no card
> inserted and apparently everything is efficient enough that there was
> no problem.
> -Doug

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