MT7623 Wifi SoC support questions

Matthias Brugger matthias.bgg at
Fri Jul 3 06:44:43 PDT 2015

On Wednesday, July 01, 2015 01:04:25 PM John Crispin wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am currently busy making the linux-mediatek support work on the MT7623
> made by Mediatek/Ralink so we can add support to OpenWrt.
> This SoC looks very similar to the MT8127. The main differences are that
> it uses a MT6232 pmic and has pcie/ethernet.
> I already managed to get lots of drivers up and running based on what
> has been posted on this list. If do however have a few questions.

It's good to hear, that you can take profit out of this effort. It clearly shows 
the value of getting a SoC mainline.

> * I noticed that ARM_ARCH_TIMER is not selected in v4.1 If I only
> register the mtk_timer, SMP comes up but the 3 extra cores seem to get
> no timer irqs and the whole system seems to run very slow. Selecting
> ARM_ARCH_TIMER makes the system boot fine. Is mtk_timer enough for other
> MTK SoCs to work ?

I think the basic problem, at least with mt6589 was, that the cntfreq register 
was not set correctly by the bootloader, which made the ARM_ARCH_TIMER 

Apart from that I think, the ARM_ARCH_TIMER will get turned off in some deep 
idle state, so that you need mtk_timer (I'm not sure if this holds for mt7623 
as well).

> * The MT7623 has a 7 port PWM that looks different to the display-pwm
> driver that was posted. This PWM has an old and new mode. Oldmode looks
> like classic period/duty cyle config, while the new mode has lots of
> complexe features. the kernel PWM subsystem can only handle oldmode
> style config right now so i was going to add a driver. is anyone working
> on this already ? is this core mt7623 specific or do other SoCs have it
> aswell ? The registers i have here are called PWMX_CON, PWMX_HDURATION,

I it seems that this PWM is present in other SoCs as well.

Best regards,

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