[PATCH 1/6] dt-bindings: mfd: Add ST Multi-Function eXpander driver

Amelie DELAUNAY amelie.delaunay at st.com
Thu Feb 22 07:15:20 PST 2018

On 02/22/2018 02:22 PM, Linus Walleij wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 4:59 PM, Amelie DELAUNAY <amelie.delaunay at st.com> wrote:
>> On 02/19/2018 12:19 AM, Rob Herring wrote:
>>> On Thu, Feb 08, 2018 at 03:27:32PM +0100, Amelie Delaunay wrote:
>>>> +- interrupts = must be <0>
>>>> +- gpio-controller: marks the device node as a GPIO controller
>>>> +- #gpio-cells: should be <2>, the first cell is the GPIO offset on this GPIO
>>>> +  controller, the second cell is the gpio flags in accordance with
>>>> +  <dt-bindings/gpio/st-mfx-gpio.h>.
>>> Custom flags? Use standard flags.
>>> DT binding headers should be part of this patch.
>> Custom flags because MFX GPIOs have several types:
>> - Output open drain with internal pull-up resistor
>> - Output open drain without internal pull-up resistor
>> - Output push pull without internal pull resistor
>> - Input with internal pull-up resistor
>> - Input with internal pull-down resistor
>> - Input floating
>> - Input analog.
>> Standard flags don't have pull up or down information. That's why I am
>> using custom flags, they overloads standard flags.
> This is because pull up/down and tristate/high z (floating)
> is controlled by the pin control subsystem, not GPIO.
> If your hardware does even more pin control (like multiplexing)
> then I suggest that you create a pin control driver back-end for
> this and put the resulting driver in drivers/pinctrl.
> Some recent additions of expanders in drivers/pinctrl makes
> for great inspiration for this work. See for example:
> drivers/pinctrl/pinctrl-sx150x.c
> drivers/pinctrl/pinctrl-mcp23s08.c
> These are both combined pin control and GPIO drivers that
> we moved from drivers/gpio because we concluded that they
> do more than just GPIO. The GPIO lines are matches to
> pins using the GPIO ranges from the call to
> gpiochip_add_pin_range() and using gpiochip_generic_config()
> as the gpiochip .set_config() callback.
> It has been discussed to expose subsets of pin config to
> GPIO. Indeed, we already handle open drain/source and
> debounce by simply calling into the pin control back-end
> or handling it directly in the GPIO driver using the standard
> pin config properties.
> I am reluctant about this, I think the split of responsibilities
> is pretty nice.
> I'd recommend looking at the sx150x pin control driver and
> check if you can maybe take this direction with the patch?

Thanks for highlighting these examples. I will have a look on these!


> Yours,
> Linus Walleij

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