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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 2/4] mfd: add Gateworks System Controller core driver
On Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 8:14 AM, Tim Harvey <tharvey@gateworks.com> wrote:
> The Gateworks System Controller (GSC) is an I2C slave controller
> implemented with an MSP430 micro-controller whose firmware embeds the
> following features:
> - I/O expander (16 GPIO's) using PCA955x protocol
> - Real Time Clock using DS1672 protocol
> - User EEPROM using AT24 protocol
> - HWMON using custom protocol
> - Interrupt controller with tamper detect, user pushbotton
> - Watchdog controller capable of full board power-cycle
> - Power Control capable of full board power-cycle
>
> see http://trac.gateworks.com/wiki/gsc for more details
>
<snip>
> +
> +/*
> + * gsc_powerdown - API to use GSC to power down board for a specific time
> + *
> + * secs - number of seconds to remain powered off
> + */
> +static int gsc_powerdown(struct gsc_dev *gsc, unsigned long secs)
> +{
> + int ret;
> + unsigned char regs[4];
> +
> + dev_info(&gsc->i2c->dev, "GSC powerdown for %ld seconds\n",
> + secs);
> + regs[0] = secs & 0xff;
> + regs[1] = (secs >> 8) & 0xff;
> + regs[2] = (secs >> 16) & 0xff;
> + regs[3] = (secs >> 24) & 0xff;
> + ret = regmap_bulk_write(gsc->regmap, GSC_TIME_ADD, regs, 4);
> +
> + return ret;
> +}

Any feedback on the 'powerdown' sysfs attribute that hooks to this
function? This allows the GSC to disable the board primary power
supply for 2^32 seconds and is often used to 'reset' the board
although it could also be used to put the board in a power down state
longer. I'm wondering if there is a more appropriate API for this in
the kernel that I don't know about.

I would also like to register a restart handler using this but I
believe that ARM restart handlers currently can not use I2C - is that
correct?

Regards,

Tim

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