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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/2] Add software node support to regulator framework
Hi Dan,

On Sat, Jul 10, 2021 at 11:54:26PM +0100, Daniel Scally wrote:
> On 10/07/2021 23:28, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> > On Thu, Jul 08, 2021 at 11:42:24PM +0100, Daniel Scally wrote:
> >> Hello all
> >>
> >> See previous series for some background context [1]
> >>
> >> Some x86 laptops with ACPI tables designed for Windows have a TPS68470
> >> PMIC providing regulators and clocks to camera modules. The DSDT tables for
> >> those cameras lack any power control methods, declaring only a
> >> dependency on the ACPI device representing the TPS68470. This leaves the
> >> regulator framework with no means of determining appropriate voltages for the
> >> regulators provided by the PMIC, or of determining which regulators relate to
> >> which of the sensor's requested supplies.
> >>
> >> This series is a prototype of an emulation of the device tree regulator
> >> initialisation and lookup functions, using software nodes. Software nodes
> >> relating to each regulator are registered as children of the TPS68470's ACPI
> >> firmware node. Those regulators have properties describing their constraints
> >> (for example "regulator-min-microvolt"). Similarly, software nodes are
> >> registered and assigned as secondary to the Camera's firmware node - these
> >> software nodes have reference properties named after the supply in the same
> >> way as device tree's phandles, for example "avdd-supply", and linking to the
> >> software node assigned to the appropriate regulator. We can then use those
> >> constraints to specify the appropriate voltages and the references to allow the
> >> camera drivers to look up the correct regulator device.
> >>
> >> Although not included in this series, I would plan to use a similar method for
> >> linking the clocks provided by the TPS68470 to the sensor so that it can be
> >> discovered too.
> >>
> >> I'm posting this to see if people agree it's a good approach for tackling the
> >> problem; I may be overthinking this and there's a much easier way that I should
> >> be looking at instead. It will have knock-ons in the cio2-bridge code [2], as
> >> that is adding software nodes to the same sensors to connect them to the media
> >> graph. Similarly, is the board file an acceptable solution, or should we just
> >> define the configuration for these devices (there's three orf our laptop models
> >> in scope) in int3472-tps68470 instead?
> >
> > I may have missed something, but if you load the SGo2 board file, won't
> > it create the regulator software nodes if it finds an INT3472,
> > regardless of whether the device is an SGo2 ? If you happen to do so on
> > a machine that requires different voltages, that sounds dangerous.
>
> Ah, yes - hadn't thought of that. If a driver registered regulators with
> those names, it would try to apply those voltages during registration.
> Good point.
>
> > Given that INT3472 models the virtual "Intel Skylake and Kabylake camera
> > PMIC", I think moving device-specific information to the int3472 driver
> > may make sense. I'm unsure what option is best though, having all the
> > data (regulators, clocks, but also data currently stored in the
> > cio2-bridge driver) in a single file (or a single file per machine) is
> > tempting.
>
> It is tempting, particularly because (assuming we do end up using this
> approach) setting the references to the supplies in a board file like
> this complicated the cio2-bridge code quite a bit, since it then needs
> to extend the properties array against an already-existing software node
> rather than registering a new one. But then, I don't particularly want
> to handle that aspect of the problem in two separate places.

If technically feasible, gathering all the data in a single place would
be my preference. Whether that should take the form of software nodes in
all cases, or be modelled as custom data that the int3472 driver would
interpret to create the regulators and clocks is a different (but
related) question.

The very important part is to ensure that the correct board data will be
used, as otherwise we could damage the hardware.

> >> [1] https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20210603224007.120560-1-djrscally@gmail.com/
> >> [2] https://elixir.bootlin.com/linux/latest/source/drivers/media/pci/intel/ipu3/cio2-bridge.c#L166
> >>
> >>
> >> Daniel Scally (2):
> >> regulator: Add support for software node connections
> >> platform/surface: Add Surface Go 2 board file
> >>
> >> MAINTAINERS | 6 +
> >> drivers/platform/surface/Kconfig | 10 ++
> >> drivers/platform/surface/Makefile | 1 +
> >> drivers/platform/surface/surface_go_2.c | 135 +++++++++++++++++++++
> >> drivers/regulator/Kconfig | 6 +
> >> drivers/regulator/Makefile | 1 +
> >> drivers/regulator/core.c | 23 ++++
> >> drivers/regulator/swnode_regulator.c | 111 +++++++++++++++++
> >> include/linux/regulator/swnode_regulator.h | 33 +++++
> >> 9 files changed, 326 insertions(+)
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/platform/surface/surface_go_2.c
> >> create mode 100644 drivers/regulator/swnode_regulator.c
> >> create mode 100644 include/linux/regulator/swnode_regulator.h

--
Regards,

Laurent Pinchart

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