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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] Documentation: dt-bindings: add the Amlogic Meson Temperature Sensor
Hi Neil,

On Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 1:01 PM Neil Armstrong <narmstrong@baylibre.com> wrote:
>
> On 06/06/2019 21:16, Martin Blumenstingl wrote:
> > Hi Guillaume,
> >
> > thank you for working on this!
> >
> > On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 4:47 PM Guillaume La Roque <glaroque@baylibre.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> This adds the devicetree binding documentation for the Temperature
> >> Sensor found in the Amlogic Meson G12 SoCs.
> >> Currently only the G12A SoCs are supported.
> > so G12B is not supported (yet)?
>
> G12B is 95% similar as G12A, it will certainly use slighly different values.
OK, thank you for clarifying this
as far as I can tell Guillaume's code is already prepared for that (as
there's a per-instance specific struct with settings for the specific
instance) which is good to know

> >
> >> Signed-off-by: Guillaume La Roque <glaroque@baylibre.com>
> >> ---
> >> .../iio/temperature/amlogic,meson-tsensor.txt | 31 +++++++++++++++++++
> >> 1 file changed, 31 insertions(+)
> >> create mode 100644 Documentation/devicetree/bindings/iio/temperature/amlogic,meson-tsensor.txt
> >>
> >> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/iio/temperature/amlogic,meson-tsensor.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/iio/temperature/amlogic,meson-tsensor.txt
> >> new file mode 100644
> >> index 000000000000..d064db0e9cac
> >> --- /dev/null
> >> +++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/iio/temperature/amlogic,meson-tsensor.txt
> >> @@ -0,0 +1,31 @@
> >> +* Amlogic Meson Temperature Sensor
> >> +
> >> +Required properties:
> >> +- compatible: depending on the SoC and the position of the sensor,
> >> + this should be one of:
> >> + - "amlogic,meson-g12a-cpu-tsensor" for the CPU G12A SoC sensor
> >> + - "amlogic,meson-g12a-ddr-tsensor" for the DDR G12A SoC sensor
> >> + followed by the common :
> >> + - "amlogic,meson-g12a-tsensor" for G12A SoC family
> >> +- reg: the physical base address and length of the registers
> >> +- interrupts: the interrupt indicating end of sampling
> >> +- clocks: phandle identifier for the reference clock of temperature sensor
> >> +- #io-channel-cells: must be 1, see ../iio-bindings.txt
> > have you considered using the thermal framework [0] instead of the iio
> > framework (see below)?
>
> Question: why thermal, and not hwmon ? what's the main difference ?
this is what came to my mind why the thermal framework fits best (at
least based on my current knowledge):
a) the thermal-zones (see meson-gxm-khadas-vim2.dts for example) a
"thermal-sensors" property. so for active (with a fan) or passive (by
limiting the maximum frequency and thus the supply voltage) cooling we
need a thermal device anyways
b) the thermal bindings support multiple trip points. we can map them
to one of the four interrupts which the IP block can generate
c) defining a temperature where the chip will power off sounds like a
use-case which may be implemented by other thermal IP blocks (in other
words: maybe the thermal frameworks provides some generic property to
replace the "amlogic,critical-temperature" property)
d) as far as I know you can tell the thermal framework to create a
hwmon device with only a couple (5?) lines of code

as Guillaume has already shown we can implement c) with a custom
property, but that's not limited to the underlying framework (IIO,
hwmon, thermal, ...)

use-case d) is not a strong one because I'm using iio-hwmon to create
a hwmon device on the 32-bit SoCs.
however, together with case a) using an IIO driver is going to be more
difficult because currently there's "only" a "generic-adc-thermal"
binding (but not a "generic-iio-temperature-thermal" binding)

the initial driver version doesn't have to support everything I listed above.
however, I believe with the thermal framework we don't limit ourselves
to one use-case and can extend the driver in the future


Martin

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