[PATCH 08/11] MTD: m25p80: Add option to limit SPI transfer size.

Geert Uytterhoeven geert at linux-m68k.org
Wed Jun 3 23:42:59 PDT 2015

On Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 11:26 PM, Michal Suchanek <hramrach at gmail.com> wrote:
> On sunxi the SPI controller currently does not have DMA support and fails
> any transfer larger than 63 bytes.

This is a driver limitation, not a hardware limitation.

> On Exynos the pl330 DMA controller fails any transfer larger than 64kb
> when using slower speed like 40MHz and any transfer larger than 128bytes
> when running at 133MHz.

This may be a driver bug.

> The best thing is that in both cases the controller can just lock up and
> never finish potentially leaving the hardware in unusable state.
> So it is required that the m25p80 driver actively prevents doing
> transfers that are too large for the current driver state on a
> particular piece of hardware.


> Signed-off-by: Michal Suchanek <hramrach at gmail.com>
> --
> Update commit message and documentation text.
> ---
>  .../devicetree/bindings/mtd/jedec,spi-nor.txt      |  6 ++++++
>  drivers/mtd/devices/m25p80.c                       | 24 ++++++++++++++++++++--
>  2 files changed, 28 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/mtd/jedec,spi-nor.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/mtd/jedec,spi-nor.txt
> index 2bee681..4e63ae8 100644
> --- a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/mtd/jedec,spi-nor.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/mtd/jedec,spi-nor.txt
> @@ -19,6 +19,12 @@ Optional properties:
>                     all chips and support for it can not be detected at runtime.
>                     Refer to your chips' datasheet to check if this is supported
>                     by your chip.
> +- linux,max_tx_len : With some SPI controller drivers possible transfer size is
> +                     limited. This may be hardware or driver bug.
> +                     Transfer data in chunks no larger than this value.
> +                     Using this option may severely degrade performance and
> +                     possibly flash memory life when max_tx_len is smaller than
> +                     flash page size (typically 256 bytes)

DT describes the hardware, not buggy drivers.

So IMHO this doesn't belong in DT, but it can be a field in struct spi_master.



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