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SubjectRe: [PATCH/RFC] drivers/irqchip: add irq-inverter
Hi Nikita,

On Tue, Dec 28, 2021 at 6:23 PM Nikita Yushchenko
<> wrote:
> Interrupt trigger type is typically used to configure interrupt
> controller to properly interpret interrupt signal sent from a device.
> However, some devices have configureable interrupt outputs, and drivers
> tend to use interrupt trigger type also to configure device interrupt
> output.
> This works well when device interrupt output is connected directly to
> interrupt controller input. However, this is not always the case.
> Sometimes the interrupt signal gets inverted between the device
> producing it and the controller consuming it. Combined with both sides
> using the same interrupt trigger type to configure the signal, this
> results into non-working setup regardless of what interrupt trigger type
> is configured.
> Irq-inverer is a solution for this case. It is a virtual irqchip that
> provides additional virq number that behaves exactly as existing one,
> but with inverted trigger type reported via irq_get_trigger_type() API.
> Usage example, for Kingfisher extension board for Renesas Gen-3 Soc,
> that has WiFi interrupt delivered over inverting level-shifter:
> / {
> wlcore_interrupt: inverter {
> compatible = "linux,irq-inverter";
> interrupts-extended = <&gpio1 25 IRQ_TYPE_EDGE_RISING>;
> interrupt-controller;
> #interrupt-cells = <0>;
> };
> };
> &wlcore {
> interrupts-extended = <&wlcore_interrupt>;
> };
> Then, wl18xx driver gets IRQ_TYPE_EDGE_FALLING return from
> irq_get_trigger_type() call, and configures interrupt output for that.
> Then the signal is delivered inverted to the GPIO module, and handled
> correctly, because GPIO is configured for IRQ_TYPE_EDGE_RISING.
> Implementation notes:
> - why platform_driver and not IRQCHIP_DECLARE()?
> - because IRQCHIP_DECLARE() does not process EPROBE_DEFER properly
> - why not using hierarchial irq_domain?
> - because with hierarchial irq_domain, same interrupt gets the same virq
> number at all levels, and trigger type is tied to virq number, so need
> different virq numbers for reporting different trigger types
> - why using request_irq() for parent irq, instead of setting up chained
> interrupt in irqchips?
> - because this way code is much simpler, and shall work for all cases
> (such as normal/threaded parent irq, normal/threaded child irq,
> different parent interrupt chips, etc)
> - why just not introducing separate API for consumer-side and
> produced-side trigger type?
> - because with the chosen approach, no changes are needed to any cases
> that don't suffer from inverted interrupt routing
> Signed-off-by: Nikita Yushchenko <>

Thanks for your patch!

FTR, here's a link to the previous discussion about this topic:



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