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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 1/2] dt-bindings: usb: Add binding for discrete onboard USB hubs

> On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 7:44 AM Rob Herring <> wrote:
> >
> > We already have hubs in DT. See [1][2][3][4]. What's new here?

After I sent my response I kept thinking about this and I realized
that I have prior art I can point out too! :-) Check out
"smsc,usb3503a". That is describing a USB hub too and, at least on
"exynos5250-spring.dts" is is a top level node. Since "smsc,usb3503a"
can be optionally connected to an i2c bus too, it could be listed
under an i2c controller as well (I believe it wasn't hooked up to i2c
on spring).

Interestingly enough, the USB Hub that Matthias is trying to add
support for can _also_ be hooked up to i2c. We don't actually have
i2c hooked up on our board, but conceivably it could be. Presumably,
if i2c was hooked up, we would have no other choice but to represent
this chip as several device tree nodes: at least one under the i2c
controller and one (or two) under the USB controller. Just because
(on this board) i2c isn't hooked up doesn't change the fact that there
is some extra control logic that could be represented in its own
device tree node. To me, this seems to give extra evidence that the
correct way to model this device in device tree is with several nodes.

I'll point out that on "exynos5250-spring.dts" we didn't have to solve
the problem that Matthias is trying to solve here because we never
actually supported waking up from USB devices there. Thus the
regulator for the hub on spring can be unconditionally powered off in
suspend. On newer boards we'd like to support waking up from USB
devices but also to save power if no wakeup devices are plugged into
USB. In order to achieve this we need some type of link from the
top-level hub device to the actual USB devices that were enumerated.


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