[PATCH 2/4] PCI: iproc: Add Broadcom iProc PCIe driver

Ray Jui rjui at broadcom.com
Wed Dec 10 12:40:38 PST 2014

On 12/10/2014 12:26 PM, Hauke Mehrtens wrote:
> On 12/10/2014 07:46 PM, Florian Fainelli wrote:
>> 2014-12-10 8:46 GMT-08:00 Scott Branden <sbranden at broadcom.com>:
>>> On 14-12-10 03:31 AM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>>>> On Tuesday 09 December 2014 16:04:29 Ray Jui wrote:
>>>>> Add initial version of the Broadcom iProc PCIe driver. This driver
>>>>> has been tested on NSP and Cygnus and is expected to work on all iProc
>>>>> family of SoCs that deploys the same PCIe host controller
>>>>> The driver also supports MSI
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Ray Jui <rjui at broadcom.com>
>>>>> Reviewed-by: Scott Branden <sbranden at broadcom.com>
>>>> The driver looks suspiciously like the one that Hauke already submitted a
>>>> while ago for bcm53xx. Please come up with a merged driver that works for
>>>> both.
>>> Could you please be a little more specific.  What driver did "Hauke already
>>> submitted"?  I do not see any driver in the kernel you are talking about.
>> https://www.marc.info/?l=linux-pci&m=141547043110684&w=2
> Yes it also looks similar to me. Your code also contains the same
> comments as the driver used on Northstar (BCM5301X).Your driver has
> some more features, but I just have access to the consumer SoC Northstar
> where the PCIe controller is only used to connect some Broadcom Wifi
> chips to the SoC. I do not know If this controller does not have these
> features or the driver I used as a reference does not implement them.
Right, I wrote this driver based on some old Broadcom internal PCIe 
driver from a 3.6 kernel and might have copied some of the comments 
(especially in the check link function). The 3.6 driver is probably what 
you received?

> When I find some time I will try this driver on a Northstar device. I
> think your driver is more advanced then the one I send to the mailing list.
Please do that. I tested this driver on Cygnus and one of my colleagues 
helped to test it on North Star Plus. We do expect the same driver to 
work on NorthStar as well.

> When you want to stay with pure device tree I will send a patch adding
> additional support for registering to bcma.
What exactly is bcma? I guess I'll need to look into it in more details 

> Does your SoC also have a third PCIe controller which shares the PHY
> with the USB 3 controller?
No. Cygnus has only two PCIe controllers, each has its own dedicated PHY.

> Why is this stuff in the iproc_pcie_check_link() function needed? I
> think it is strange that the controller driver has to check if the
> device is there and set the correct speed. When we do not check if the
> card is there on BCM5301X the device stops working.
I need to check with our ASIC engineer on this. In theory we should be 
able to support hot plug eventually, but maybe not in the initial 
version of this driver.

>>>> Are you sure that iProc isn't based on the BCMA bus infrastructure after
>>>> all? Even the physical address of your PCI host falls into the address
>>>> range that is used for the internal BCMA bus on the other chips!
>>> BCMA seems to be for MIPS architectures.  It seems to be quite specific to
>>> those architectures using BCMA.  I see no use of it in bcm53xx code?
>> BCMA lives in its own directory in drivers/bcma/ and is not specific
>> to MIPS actually. Older BCM47xx/BCM53xx MIPS-based SoCs traditionally
>> started with a discoverable Silicon Sonics Backplane (drivers/ssb) and
>> progressively migrated to BCMA (drivers/bcma), both subsystems offer a
>> very similar bus/device/driver abstraction and discovery mechanism.
> With mainline kernel 3.18 you can boot Linux on a BCM5301X SoC and bcma
> will find all the cores.
> Hauke

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