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

Carlo Caione carlo at caione.org
Wed May 7 01:19:19 PDT 2014

On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 5:25 AM, Maxime Ripard
<maxime.ripard at free-electrons.com> wrote:
> 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".

Oh, didn't know of this framework. Is it supposed to replace syscon?

>> In fact the registers for NMI controller are excluded from the range
>> of syscon registers.
> Then you are lying in the DT :)

Uhm, in DT I have:

reg = <0x01c00000 0x27>;

that is I'm mapping the first three registers: SRAM_CTRL_REG0,
SRAM_CTRL_REG1, VER_REG, leaving out the three register (from offset
0x30) of the NMI controller.
I'm not lying :)

>> > 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?

It seems quite a few grepping for syscon

>> >> 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.

So do you suggest to drop the syscon idea waiting for the new soc framework?


Carlo Caione

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