[PATCH 2/5] mmc: bcm2835-sdhost: Add new driver for the internal SD controller.

Eric Anholt eric at anholt.net
Fri Sep 9 11:25:37 PDT 2016

Gerd Hoffmann <kraxel at redhat.com> writes:

> On Mi, 2016-08-31 at 14:58 +0200, Ulf Hansson wrote:
>> On 22 June 2016 at 13:42, Gerd Hoffmann <kraxel at redhat.com> wrote:
>> > From: Eric Anholt <eric at anholt.net>
>> >
>> > The 2835 has two SD controllers: The Arasan SDHCI controller that we
>> > currently use, and a custom SD controller.  The custom one runs faster
>> >
>> > The code was originally written by Phil Elwell in the downstream
>> > Rasbperry Pi tree, and I did a major cleanup on it (+319, -707 lines
>> > out of the original 2055) for inclusion.
>> >
>> > Signed-off-by: Eric Anholt <eric at anholt.net>
>> Apologize for the delay!
> No problem, I was on summer vacation anyway ...
>> Could you start by providing some more information about the driver
>> and the controller in change in the change log please.
> Eric?  I don't know much more than what the commit message above says.
> Beside the speedup mentioned above driving the sdcard with the custom sd
> controller allows to use the sdhci (handled by sdhci-iproc) to be used
> for the wifi on the rpi3.

Maybe just add that we need both controllers in order to do both wifi
and SD card?  I don't know exactly what Ulf wants to see here.

>> > +static void bcm2835_sdhost_set_power(struct bcm2835_host *host, bool on)
>> > +{
>> > +       bcm2835_sdhost_write(host, on ? 1 : 0, SDVDD);
>> What exactly does this power on/off?
> Dunno.  Eric?

Note: I don't know much about SD, so I'm just trying to play oracle for
you all here.

VDD bit 0 (POWER_ON) starts the power-on setup cycle by the sdhost once
power is already supplied to the card by some other means.  In the
SDHOST docs they assume you're going to use GPIO to control SD card
power, but for Raspberry Pi they just have the SD Card's VDD always on.
It's unclear to me what's controlling power to the Pi3 wifi/BT's SD
client, but I don't have specs to it.

Note that after you've set POWER_ON to 0, you can also set bit 1
(CLOCK_OFF) to 1 to turn off the clock to the power-on FSM.

>> > +       /* Need to send CMD12 if -
>> > +        * a) open-ended multiblock transfer (no CMD23)
>> > +        * b) error in multiblock transfer
>> > +        */
>> > +       if (host->mrq->stop && (data->error || !host->use_sbc)) {
>> > +               if (bcm2835_sdhost_send_command(host, host->mrq->stop)) {
>> > +                       /* No busy, so poll for completion */
>> > +                       if (!host->use_busy)
>> This looks a bit weird. Can you explain why this is needed?
> Eric, any clue?  Some hardware bug workaround?
> Have a pointer to hardware specs?

Would no-CMD23 transfers mean that data->blocks was 0 to mean
indefinite?  That's the only mention of CMD12 in the spec -- when you've
set HBLC to 0, you need to CMD12 or CMD52 when you're done with the

>> > +static void bcm2835_sdhost_set_ios(struct mmc_host *mmc, struct mmc_ios *ios)
>> > +{
>> I don't find any place where you control power to the card here. Don't
>> you need to do that?
> Eric?

It looks like the card is always powered.  Do you mean something else by
power (like bringing up the FSM)?  Is there something else needed in
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