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Subject[PATCH v2 net-next 21/22] Documentation: networking: dsa: Add details about NXP SJA1105 driver
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Signed-off-by: Vladimir Oltean <olteanv@gmail.com>
Reviewed-by: Florian Fainelli <f.fainelli@gmail.com>
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Changes in v2:
More verbiage at the end, regarding RGMII delays and potentially other
hardware-related caveats.

Documentation/networking/dsa/sja1105.txt | 153 +++++++++++++++++++++++
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create mode 100644 Documentation/networking/dsa/sja1105.txt

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+NXP SJA1105 switch driver
+=========================
+
+The NXP SJA1105 is a family of 6 devices:
+* SJA1105E: First generation, no TTEthernet
+* SJA1105T: First generation, TTEthernet
+* SJA1105P: Second generation, no TTEthernet, no SGMII
+* SJA1105Q: Second generation, TTEthernet, no SGMII
+* SJA1105R: Second generation, no TTEthernet, SGMII
+* SJA1105S: Second generation, TTEthernet, SGMII
+
+These are SPI-managed automotive switches, with all ports being gigabit
+capable, and supporting MII/RMII/RGMII and optionally SGMII on one port.
+
+The switches do not have an MDIO bus of their own and do not support
+in-band autonegotiation, so for proper PHY management, the host's MDIO
+bus controller needs to be used.
+
+Being automotive parts, their configuration interface is geared towards
+set-and-forget use, with minimal dynamic interaction at runtime. They
+require a static configuration to be composed by software and packed
+with CRC and table headers, and sent over SPI.
+
+The static configuration is composed of several configuration tables. Each
+table takes a number of entries. Some configuration tables can be (partially)
+reconfigured at runtime, some not. Some tables are mandatory, some not.
+
+Table | Mandatory | Reconfigurable
+-----------------------------+------------------+-----------------------------
+Schedule | no | no
+Schedule entry points | if Scheduling | no
+VL Lookup | no | no
+VL Policing | if VL Lookup | no
+VL Forwarding | if VL Lookup | no
+L2 Lookup | no | no
+L2 Policing | yes | no
+VLAN Lookup | yes | yes
+L2 Forwarding | yes | partially (fully on P/Q/R/S)
+MAC Config | yes | partially (fully on P/Q/R/S)
+Schedule Params | if Scheduling | no
+Schedule Entry Points Params | if Scheduling | no
+VL Forwarding Params | if VL Forwarding | no
+L2 Lookup Params | no | partially (fully on P/Q/R/S)
+L2 Forwarding Params | yes | no
+Clock Sync Params | no | no
+AVB Params | no | no
+General Params | yes | partially
+Retagging | no | yes
+xMII Params | yes | no
+SGMII | no | yes
+
+Also the configuration is write-only (software cannot read it back from the
+switch except for very few exceptions).
+
+So the driver creates the static configuration at probe time, and keeps it at
+all times in memory, as a shadow for the hardware state. When required to
+change a hardware setting, the static configuration is also updated.
+If that changed setting can be transmitted to the switch through the dynamic
+reconfiguration interface, it is; otherwise the switch is reset and
+reprogrammed with the updated static configuration.
+
+The switches do not support switch tagging in hardware. But they do support
+customizing the TPID by which VLAN traffic is identified as such. The switch
+driver is leveraging CONFIG_NET_DSA_TAG_8021Q by requesting that special VLANs
+(with a custom TPID of ETH_P_EDSA instead of ETH_P_8021Q) are installed on its
+ports when not in vlan_filtering mode. This does not interfere with the
+reception and transmission of real 802.1Q-tagged traffic, because the switch
+does no longer parse those packets as VLAN after the TPID change.
+The TPID is restored when vlan_filtering is requested, and IP termination
+becomes no longer possible through the switch netdevices in this mode.
+
+The switches have two programmable filters for link-local destination MACs.
+These are used to trap BPDUs and PTP traffic to the master netdevice, and are
+further used to support STP and 1588 ordinary clock/boundary clock
+functionality.
+
+Among other notable features, the switches have a PTP Hardware Clock that can
+be steered through SPI and used for timestamping management traffic on ingress
+and egress.
+Also, the T, Q and S devices support TTEthernet (an implementation of SAE
+AS6802 from TTTech), which is a set of Ethernet QoS enhancements somewhat
+similar in behavior to IEEE TSN (time-aware shaping, time-based policing).
+Configuring these features is currently not supported in the driver.
+
+Heads up for board designers
+----------------------------
+
+This section references Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/dsa/sja1105.txt
+and aims to show how some switch oddities relate to the DT bindings.
+
+1. RMII PHY role and out-of-band signaling
+
+In the RMII spec, the 50 MHz clock signals are either driven by the MAC or by
+an external oscillator (but not by the PHY).
+But the spec is rather loose and devices go outside it in several ways.
+Some PHYs go against the spec and may provide an output pin where they source
+the 50 MHz clock themselves, in an attempt to be helpful.
+On the other hand, the SJA1105 is only binary configurable - when in the RMII
+MAC role it will also attempt to drive the clock signal. To prevent this from
+happening it must be put in RMII PHY role.
+But doing so has some unintended consequences.
+In the RMII spec, the PHY can transmit extra out-of-band signals via RXD[1:0].
+These are practically some extra code words (/J/ and /K/) sent prior to the
+preamble of each frame. The MAC does not have this out-of-band signaling
+mechanism defined by the RMII spec.
+So when the SJA1105 port is put in PHY role to avoid having 2 drivers on the
+clock signal, inevitably an RMII PHY-to-PHY connection is created. The SJA1105
+emulates a PHY interface fully and generates the /J/ and /K/ symbols prior to
+frame preambles, which the real PHY is not expected to understand. So the PHY
+simply encodes the extra symbols received from the SJA1105-as-PHY onto the
+100Base-Tx wire.
+On the other side of the wire, some link partners might discard these extra
+symbols, while others might choke on them and discard the entire Ethernet
+frames that follow along. This looks like packet loss with some link partners
+but not with others.
+The take-away is that in RMII mode, the SJA1105 must be let to drive the
+reference clock if connected to a PHY.
+
+2. RGMII fixed-link and internal delays
+
+As already mentioned in this document, the second generation of devices has
+tunable delay lines as part of the MAC, which can be used to establish the
+correct RGMII timing budget.
+When powered up, these can shift the Rx and Tx clocks with a phase difference
+between 73.8 and 101.7 degrees.
+The catch is that the delay lines need to lock onto a clock signal with a
+stable frequency. This means that there must be at least 2 microseconds of
+silence between the clock at the old vs at the new frequency. Otherwise the
+lock is lost and the delay lines must be reset (powered down and back up).
+In RGMII the clock frequency changes with link speed (125 MHz at 1000 Mbps, 25
+MHz at 100 Mbps and 2.5 MHz at 10 Mbps), and link speed might change during the
+AN process.
+In the situation where the switch port is connected through an RGMII fixed-link
+to a link partner whose link state life cycle is outside the control of Linux
+(such as a different SoC), then the delay lines would remain unlocked (and
+inactive) until there is manual intervention (ifdown/ifup on the switch port).
+The take-away is that in RGMII mode, the switch's internal delays are only
+reliable if the link partner never changes link speeds, or if it does, it does
+so in a way that is coordinated with the switch port (practically, both ends of
+the fixed-link are under control of the same Linux system).
+As to why would a fixed-link interface ever change link speeds: there are
+Ethernet controllers out there which come out of reset in 100 Mbps mode, and
+their driver inevitably needs to change it if it's required to work at gigabit.
+
+3. MDIO bus and PHY management
+
+The SJA1105 does not have an MDIO bus and does not perform in-band AN either.
+Therefore there is no link state notification coming from the switch device.
+A board would need to hook up the PHYs connected to the switch to any other
+MDIO bus available to Linux within the system (e.g. to the DSA master's MDIO
+bus). Link state management then works by the driver manually keeping in sync
+(over SPI commands) the MAC link speed with the settings negotiated by the PHY.
+
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