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SubjectRe: [PATCH 07/10] i2c: Add driver for AD242x bus controller
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Hi Luca,

On 12/17/19 9:35 AM, Luca Ceresoli wrote:
> On 15/12/19 21:27, Daniel Mack wrote:

>> The a2b code has to tell the 'master node' the final destination of the
>> payload by programming registers on its primary i2c address, and then
>> forwards the messages to its secondary i2c address. The layout of the
>> messages don't change, and neither do the flags; i2c messages are being
>> sent as i2c messages, except their addresses are changed, a bit like NAT
>> in networking. That procedure is described on page 3-4 of the TRM,
>> "Remote Peripheral I2C Accesses".
>>
>> The 'real' i2c master that handles the hardware bus is responsible for
>> adding start conditions, and as the messages as such are untouched, I
>> believe it should do the right thing. The code in my xfer functions
>> merely suppresses reprogramming remote addresses by remembering the last
>> one that was used, but that is independent of the start conditions on
>> the wire.
>
> My concern is not about the start condition, it's about the *repeated*
> start condition.
>
> The first question is whether the A2B chips can do it. What if the host
> processor sets a slave chip address and then issues two messages
> separated by a repeated start condition? Will the slave transceiver emit
> a repeated start condition too?

Ah, alright. Thanks for taking the time to explain. I'll have to do some
measurements with a hardware analyzer. Will revisit this then, and
either provide an implementation that handles such cases correctly, or a
comment to explain that the hardware can't do it.


Best regards,
Daniel

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