[PATCH 04/10] dt/bindings: Add binding for BCM2835 mailbox power channel driver

Stephen Warren swarren at wwwdotorg.org
Tue Mar 3 19:07:55 PST 2015

On 03/02/2015 01:54 PM, Eric Anholt wrote:
> I was tempted to have the mailbox power channel support just be in the
> 2835 mailbox driver itself, but mbox_request_channel() wants its
> device to have the "mboxes" node, and that appears to be only intended
> for mailbox clients, not controllers.

> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/mailbox/brcm,bcm2835-mbox-power.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/mailbox/brcm,bcm2835-mbox-power.txt

> +Broadcom BCM2835 VideoCore mailbox power channel IPC
> +
> +Required properties:
> +
> +- compatible : Should be "brcm,bcm2835-mbox-power"
> +- mboxes: Single-entry list which specifies which mailbox controller
> +  and channel is the power channel.
> +
> +Example:
> +
> +mailbox-power {
> +	compatible = "brcm,bcm2835-mbox-power";
> +	mboxes = <&mailbox 0>
> +};

I think the driver for this device should provide its services to other
drivers using some standard in-kernel API (power domains, regulators?),
which in turn would presumably have some subsystem-level DT binding.

So, I would expect this DT node to implement the server-side of that
binding, and probably have a property like "#power-domain-cells = <1>",
and the client nodes to "consume" this service via a property like
"power-domain = <&mbox_power N>" where N is the ID of the client's power
domain within the firmware protocol.

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