[linux-sunxi] Re: [PATCH 0/2] ARM: sunxi: Enable syscon for the system controller

Maxime Ripard maxime.ripard at free-electrons.com
Tue May 6 20:25:02 PDT 2014

On Tue, May 06, 2014 at 10:03:19AM +0200, Carlo Caione wrote:
> On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 8:36 AM, Chen-Yu Tsai <wens at csie.org> wrote:
> > Hi,
> Hi,
> > On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 6:55 AM, Maxime Ripard
> > <maxime.ripard at free-electrons.com> wrote:
> >> On Sun, May 04, 2014 at 04:02:38PM +0200, Carlo Caione wrote:
> >>> The so called "system controller" in Allwinner A20 and A31 SoCs is
> >>> multi-purpose controller that tries to add misc functionality to one
> >>> memory region.
> >>> In these SoCs it controls the internal SRAM partitioning but it also
> >>> includes registers for chip versioning and NMI control.
> >>> This patch adds the proper nodes in the DTS files and enable the syscon
> >>> in the defconfig files.
> >>>
> >>> Even though the system controller includes also register for managing the
> >>> NMI controller, these register are not mapped in the syscon since they
> >>> are directly used and mapped by the NMI controller itself.
> >>
> >> Hmmm, what exactly do you want to achieve with this?
> >>
> >> The NMI controller won't be able to use it, since it's initialized
> >> much earlier than syscon and regmap.
> This is what I meant with that phrase. NMI controller doesn't use the
> syscon but we can use it for several other drivers.

I'm sorry, but I believe this should be more handled by the soon-to-be
drivers/soc "framework".

> In fact the registers for NMI controller are excluded from the range
> of syscon registers.

Then you are lying in the DT :)

> > I believe this will be used for toggling the SRAM mappings. (Am I right?)
> Definitely right.
> > The second register toggles mappings for MUSB FIFO, EMAC, and a few of
> > the other IP blocks we currently don't support.
> Not yet :)

I wonder how other SoCs are actually handling this mapping between CPU
& DMA vs device of some SRAMs. Did you look at this?

> >> Moreover, the A31 doesn't seem to have this system controller, or at
> >> least this overlap.
> I admit that I didn't check the A31 manual but I trusted the wiki page
> at http://linux-sunxi.org/SRAM_Controller and
> http://linux-sunxi.org/A31/Memory_map
> > There should be something similar, as does the A23. There is no overlap AFAIK.
> I agree and will check also A23.
> >> And since on the A20, registers seem to have one usage only, so I
> >> guess we can just split this IP into several nodes, just like we did
> >> with the NMI.
> >
> > As stated above, the second register toggles SRAM mappings for at most
> > 4 SRAM blocks (for EMAC, MUSB, ACE, ISP).
> >
> > syscon would be a good way to share this register among the various drivers.
> > We do not toggle it in the current EMAC driver. The driver seems to assume
> > it is setup by the bootloader, and on the A20, it seems to be mapped to
> > EMAC by default.
> >
> > The MUSB glue layer driver must toggle this.
> This is exactly why I wrote these patches. I started hacking /
> studying your MUSB driver and I think that using syscon is a better
> way to manage these registers instead of mapping them in several
> drivers also because most of the time a single register has to be used
> by multiple drivers (i.e. SRAM_CTL1_CFG is used for USB,  EMAC,
> etc...)
> > I think this approach is better than all the individual drivers mapping
> > the registers and toggling a single bit. In fact I did something similar
> > when working on preliminary musb support.

I agree with that.


Maxime Ripard, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux, Kernel and Android engineering
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