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SubjectRe: [PATCH v12 0/6] Driver for at91 usart in spi mode
Hi Lee,

On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 10:41 AM Lee Jones <lee.jones@linaro.org> wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Sep 2018, Alexandre Belloni wrote:
> > On 11/09/2018 23:54:40+0100, Lee Jones wrote:
> > > > > http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/DeviceDoc/Atmel-6438-32-bit-ARM926-Embedded-Microprocessor-SAM9G45_Datasheet.pdf
> > > > >
> > > > > USART doc starting p572, registers p621.
> > >
> > > After looking at the datasheet, I don't see any reason why one of the
> > > two drivers can't be selected using different compatible strings.
> >
> > Because there is only one IP and we don't use the device tree to selecet
> > linux specific drivers.
>
> We do it all the time. There are loads of MFDs (def: same IP, with
> different functions) which have separate compatibles for their various
> functions. If you wish this IP to operate as an SPI controller, it
> should have an SPI compatible, if you wish it to operate as a U(S)ART,
> then it should have a UART compatible. It's what we do for most of
> the other MFDs in the kernel.

There is a big difference: MFD functions are(more or less) independent
functions, which can be used at the same time. It makes perfect sense for a
single IP block that has both SPI and UART interfaces, that can be used at
the same time.

In this case, there is a single piece of hardware that can perform
different functions, but not at the same time. Performing a different
function means configuring the hardware for that function, hence using a
different driver (from a different subsystem).

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

Geert

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