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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/9] usb: typec: Add support for retimers
Hi Heikki,

Thanks for taking a look.

On Thu, Jun 30, 2022 at 1:18 AM Heikki Krogerus
<> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 29, 2022 at 11:32:19PM +0000, Prashant Malani wrote:
> > Introduce a retimer device class and associated functions that register
> > and use retimer "switch" devices. These operate in a manner similar to
> > the "mode-switch" and help configure retimers that exist between the
> > Type-C connector and host controller(s).
> >
> > Type C ports can be linked to retimers using firmware node device
> > references (again, in a manner similar to "mode-switch").
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Prashant Malani <>
> Cool! This looks really good to me.
> I'll add Mika here, just to keep him in the loop. Thunderbolt/USB4 can
> control the same physical retimers over the SBU line. Right now there
> is no conflict, but I think we want to later be able to use these
> devices to upgrade the retimer firmware, and that is something that
> the Thunderbolt/USB4 already does. So let's keep an eye on this.
> I wonder, would it make sense to later make the thunderbolt_retimer
> devices also part of the device class that's introduced here? I think
> that way it would be easier to later figure out which
> thunderbolt_retimer and which retimer_switch represent the same
> physical retimer. And perhaps it would also be more clear for the user
> space to have a single device class for the retimers?
> Maybe the device class could be named just "retimer", and the device
> type could then be named "typec_retimer" instead of "retimer_switch"?

Sure, I will make this modification in v2.
I assume we can still keep the firmware node handle as "retimer-switch"
to keep it aligned with "mode-switch" and "orientation-switch".



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