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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 1:00 PM Doug Anderson <> wrote:
> Hi,
> > 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.

Yes, in a prior version I mentioned we already had 2 ways to describe
hubs. I view this as a 3rd way.

There's prior art in how we reference an i2c bus for a slave device
that's already on another bus. That's 'i2c-bus' and 'ddc-i2c-bus'. But
that's not really this case.


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