Re: [PATCH] gpio: New driver for the Intel 82801 (ICH) GPIO pins

From: Jean Delvare
Date: Thu Feb 02 2012 - 02:49:22 EST

On Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:31:29 -0800, Guenter Roeck wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 08:53:03AM -0400, Jean Delvare wrote:
> > I need this to handle SMBus multiplexing on my Asus Z8NA-D6 board. It
> > has an ICH10, I've added support for older ICH chips in case someone
> > needs it, as it was relatively simply to do that.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Jean Delvare <khali@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Cc: Grant Likely <grant.likely@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > ---
> > Note 1: On early ICH chips, some pins are exclusively inputs or
> > outputs. The driver doesn't currently enforce this.
> >
> > Note 2: I'm not yet sure if we want a module alias for this driver.
> > Many systems have the device but only a few of them will need the
> > driver (and an ACPI resource conflict will be reported for many
> > others, especially laptops I suspect.) So it might make more sense to
> > let consumer drivers request the i801_gpio driver as needed (which they
> > should do anyway, as you can't assume udev is always up and running on
> > all systems.)
> >
> > Note 3: This is my first GPIO driver, so while it works fine for me, it
> > might not be perfect. I welcome comments on how to improve it.
> >
> > drivers/gpio/Kconfig | 7
> > drivers/gpio/Makefile | 1
> > drivers/gpio/i801_gpio.c | 432 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > 3 files changed, 440 insertions(+)
> Did this or an alternate patch for gpio support on the recent Intel ICHs go anywhere ?
> I found another patch which is using a different approach, but I don't see anything
> in the latest kernel.

I don't think any driver made it into the kernel, at least I can't find
any in 3.3-rc2 nor linux-next. I'm not surprised, as neither driver was
using the MFD framework while this would really be the right thing to
do here. I never took the time to convert my driver to MFD and
apparently Peter did not either. This is still on my to-do list but you
know how long it is. If anyone is faster than me at getting the code is
a shape suitable for upstream, I'll be happy to help with review and

Jean Delvare
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