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SubjectRe: [PATCH] dmaengine: axi-dmac: simple device_config operation implemented
On 15-10-19, 23:06, Lars-Peter Clausen wrote:

> >> This DMA controller is a bit special.
> >> It gets synthesized in FPGA, so the configuration is fixed and cannot be
> >> changed at runtime. Maybe later we would allow/implement this
> >> functionality, but this is a question for my HDL colleagues.
> >>
> >> Two things are done (in this order):
> >> 1. For some paramters, axi_dmac_parse_chan_dt() is used to determine things
> >> from device-tree; as it's an FPGA core, things are synthesized once and
> >> cannot change (yet)
> >> 2. For other parameters, the axi_dmac_detect_caps() is used to guess some
> >> of them at probe time, by doing some reg reads/writes
> >
> > So the question for you hw folks is how would a controller work with
> > multiple slave devices, do they need to synthesize it everytime?
> >
> > Rather than that why cant they make the peripheral addresses
> > programmable so that you dont need updating fpga everytime!
>
> The DMA has a direct connection to the peripheral and the peripheral
> data port is not connected to the general purpose memory interconnect.
> So you can't write to it by an MMIO address and there is no address
> that needs to be configured. For an FPGA based design this is quite a
> good solution in terms of resource usage, performance and simplicity. A
> direct connection requires less resources than connection it to the
> central memory interconnect, while at the same time having lower latency
> and not eating up any additional bandwidth on the central memory connect.

thanks for explanation!

> So slave config in this case is a noop and all it can do is verify that
> the requested configuration matches the available configuration.

okay so noop it is!

--
~Vinod

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