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SubjectRe: [PATCH v12 3/3] dt-bindings: mfd: Document Renesas R-Car Gen3 RPC-IF MFD bindings
Hi Mason,

Note that if you send multipart/text+html emails, they will be dropped silently
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Hence I'm quoting your last email fully, to give other people a chance
reading it (and commenting).

On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 11:37 AM <masonccyang@mxic.com.tw> wrote:
> > > > [...]
> > > > >> > >> > On 4/24/19 11:23 PM, Rob Herring wrote:
> > > > >> > >> > > On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 03:55:36PM +0800, Mason Yang wrote:
> > > > >> > >> > >> Document the bindings used by the Renesas R-Car
> > Gen3 RPC-IF MFD.
> > > > >> > >> > >>
> > > > >> > >> > >> Signed-off-by: Mason Yang <masonccyang@mxic.com.tw>
> > > > >> > >> > >> ---
> > > > >> > >> > >> .../devicetree/bindings/mfd/mfd-renesas-rpc.txt
> > | 40 ++++++
> > > > >> > >> ++++++++++++++++
> > > > >> > >> > >> 1 file changed, 40 insertions(+)
> > > > >> > >> > >> create mode 100644 Documentation/devicetree/
> > bindings/mfd/mfd-
> > > > >> > >> renesas-rpc.txt
> > > > >> > >> > >>
> > > > >> > >> > >> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/mfd/
> > mfd-renesas-
> > > > >> > >> rpc.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/mfd/mfd-
> > renesas-rpc.txt
> > > > >> > >> > >> new file mode 100644
> > > > >> > >> > >> index 0000000..668b822
> > > > >> > >> > >> --- /dev/null
> > > > >> > >> > >> +++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/mfd/mfd-
> > renesas-rpc.txt
> > > > >> > >> > >> @@ -0,0 +1,40 @@
> > > > >> > >> > >> +Renesas R-Car Gen3 RPC-IF MFD Device Tree Bindings
> > > > >> > >> > >> +--------------------------------------------------
> > > > >> > >> > >
> > > > >> > >> > > Looks like a SPI flash controller from the example. What
> > > > makes it an
> > > > >> > >> > > MFD?
> > > > >> > >> >
> > > > >> > >> > It supports both SPI NOR and HyperFlash (CFI-compliantflash with
> > > > >> > >> > different bus interface).
> > > > >> > >>
> > > > >> > >> Looks like you're registering one OR the other.
> > > > >> > >>
> > > > >> > >> Why don't you just do this from DT?
> > > > >> > >>
> > > > >> > >> No reason for this to be an MFD IMHO.
> > > > >> > >
> > > > >> > >
> > > > >> > > okay, I will patch it back to SPI mode only.
> > > > >> >
> > > > >> > I don't think that's what Lee meant . The controller supports _both_
> > > > >> > modes , hence it would have the same compatible string. You
> > just need to
> > > > >> > extract the mode of operation from the DT.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> HiSilicon attempted to upstream something similar, only their
> > > > >> controller provided NAND and NOR functionality. They used different
> > > > >> compatible strings to differentiate between the varying
> > > > >> technologies.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> They too tried to use MFD as a means to select between them (which was
> > > > >> also NACKed). Not sure what they ended up doing, but the original
> > > > >> submission and (half of) the conversation can be found at [0]. Some
> > > > >> more of the thread continues at [1].
> > > > >>
> > > > >> Hope that helps.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> [0] https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/fa.linux.kernel/F6i9o8sfOIw
> > > > >> [1] https://marc.info/?l=devicetree&m=147669165104431&w=2
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Hi Marek,
> > > > >
> > > > > By Jones's comments:
> > > > >
> > --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > > > >> From: Shunquan Lin <linshunquan1@hisilicon.com>
> > > > >>
> > > > >> This patch adds driver support for HiSilicon Flash Memory
> > > > >> Controller(FMC). HiSilicon FMC is a multi-functions device which
> > > > >> supports SPI Nor flash controller, SPI nand Flash controller and
> > > > >> parallel nand flash controller.
> > > > >
> > > > > MFDs are for devices which span multiple subsystems.
> > > >
> > > > And we do! One of the subdrivers will live under drivers/
> > spi/, the other
> > > > under drivers/mtd/...
> > > >
> > >
> > > From my point of view, I think Jones mean to MFD's subsystems are
> > working simultaneously
> > > at the run-time, one period of time is working for sub-device-1
> > and later period of time
> > > is working for sub-device-2 and so on.
> > >
> > > But for RPC-IF, SPI or HF mode is decided at boot time by pins
> > configure and later in kernel
> > > by dtb, RPC-IF can't switch SPI and HF mode at the run time.
> >
> > > So far, Jones seems don't agree RPC-IF to MFD and then RPC MFD
> > will not applied
> > > to mfd tree by him !
> >
> > There's precedence for such constructs being an MFD: please see
> > drivers/mfd/at91-usart.c, which registers a single MFD cell for either
> > serial or SPI.
>
> okay, many thanks for your information.
>
> How about to patch RPF-IF dts to:
> -------------------------------------------------------------->
>
> Renesas R-Car Gen3 RPC-IF controller Device Tree Bindings
> ---------------------------------------------------------
>
> RPC-IF supports both SPI NOR and HyperFlash (CFI-compliant flash)
>
> Required properties:
> - compatible: should be an SoC-specific compatible value, followed by
> "renesas,rcar-gen3-rpc" as a fallback.
> supported SoC-specific values are:
> "renesas,r8a77995-rpc" (R-Car D3)
> - reg: should contain three register areas:
> first for the base address of RPC-IF registers,
> second for the direct mapping read mode and
> third for the write buffer area.
> - reg-names: should contain "regs", "dirmap" and "wbuf"
> - clocks: should contain 1 entries for the module's clock
> - clock-names: should contain "rpc"
>
> Example:
> - SPI mode:
>
> rpc: rpc-if@ee200000 {
> compatible = "renesas,r8a77995-rpc", "renesas,rcar-gen3-rpc";
> reg = <0 0xee200000 0 0x200>, <0 0x08000000 0 0x4000000>,
> <0 0xee208000 0 0x100>;
> reg-names = "regs", "dirmap", "wbuf";
> clocks = <&cpg CPG_MOD 917>;
> clock-names = "rpc";
> power-domains = <&sysc R8A77995_PD_ALWAYS_ON>;
> resets = <&cpg 917>;
> #address-cells = <1>;
> #size-cells = <0>;
>
> flash@0 {
> compatible = "jedec,spi-nor";
> reg = <0>;
> spi-max-frequency = <40000000>;
> spi-tx-bus-width = <1>;
> spi-rx-bus-width = <1>;
> };
> };
>
> - HF mode:
> rpc: rpc-if@ee200000 {
> compatible = "renesas,r8a77995-rpc", "renesas,rcar-gen3-rpc";
> reg = <0 0xee200000 0 0x200>, <0 0x08000000 0 0x4000000>,
> <0 0xee208000 0 0x100>;
> reg-names = "regs", "dirmap", "wbuf";
> clocks = <&cpg CPG_MOD 917>;
> clock-names = "rpc";
> power-domains = <&sysc R8A77995_PD_ALWAYS_ON>;
> resets = <&cpg 917>;
> #address-cells = <1>;
> #size-cells = <1>;
>
> flash@0 {
> compatible = "cfi-flash";
> reg = <0 0x4000000>;
> };
> };
>
> --------------------------------------------------------------<
>
> Is it OK ?

I'll defer to the MTD experts.

Gr{oetje,eeting}s,

Geert

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