Re: [PATCH 1/4] i2c: busses: i2c-st: Add ST I2C controller

From: Maxime COQUELIN
Date: Tue Sep 24 2013 - 11:40:13 EST

On 09/23/2013 11:06 PM, Stephen Warren wrote:
> On 09/18/2013 04:01 AM, Maxime COQUELIN wrote:
>> This patch adds support to SSC (Synchronous Serial Controller)
>> I2C driver. This IP also supports SPI protocol, but this is not
>> the aim of this driver.
>> This IP is embedded in all ST SoCs for Set-top box platorms, and
>> supports I2C Standard and Fast modes.
>> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/i2c/i2c-st.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/i2c/i2c-st.txt
>> +I2C for ST platforms
> If the HW block supports both I2C and SPI, the DT binding ought to
> support that too. It's be best to create a single DT binding that
> represents the IP block, and include a property that indicates whether
> the device should operate in I2C or SPI mode.
> I suppose you could reasonably define different compatible values for
> those two cases. However, the binding should be titled something more
> like "ST SSC binding, for I2C mode operation" and "ST SSC binding, for
> SPI mode operation", rather than "I2C for ST platforms", since the HW
> includes an SSC block, not an I2C block.
You are right Stephen.
I will rename the title and change the compatible value as per your

>> +Required properties :
>> +- compatible : Must be "st,comms-i2c"
>> +- reg : Offset and length of the register set for the device
>> +- interrupts : the interrupt number
> It's an interrupt specifier, not an interrupt number. The format is
> defined by the interrupt controller, not this binding.
Ok. I will change to "the interrupt specifier".
>> +- clocks : phandle to the I2C clock source
> What about clock-names?
It will be added in next revision. It will be named "ssc"
>> +Recommended (non-standard) properties :
> Usually you'd just say "Optional properties:", or perhaps "Recommended
> properties:". I don't think adding "(non-standard)" serves any purpose.
Ok. then I will remove all the "non-standard" occurences.
>> +- clock-frequency : Desired I2C bus clock frequency in Hz. Otherwise
>> + the default 100 kHz frequency will be used. As only Normal and Fast modes
>> + are supported, possible values are 100000 and 400000.
>> +
>> +Optional (non-standard) properties:
> Same here.
>> +- st,glitches : Enable timing glitch suppression support.
> That property name doesn't really convey the "enables" that appears in
> the property description to me...
>> +- st,glitch-clk : SCL line timinig glitch suppression value in ns.
>> +- st,glitch-dat : SDA line timinig glitch suppression value in ns.
> s/timinig/timing/
>> +- st,hw-glitches : Enable filter glitch suppression support.
>> +- st,hw-glitch-clk : SCL line filter glitch suppression value in us.
>> +- st,hw-glitch-dat : SDA line filter glitch suppression value in us.
> Those sound more like runtime configuration rather than HW description.
> Can you rephrase the descriptions (and property names) more along the
> lines of HW properties? Perhaps e.g.:
> st,needs-glitch-suppression: The board design needs timing glitch
> suppression enabled to operate reliably.
> st,min-scl-pulse-width: The minimum valid SCL pulse width that is
> allowed through the deglitch circuit. In units of ns.
> (I just made up those descriptions to give a feel for the flavor of
> description that I expect. They likely need some adjustment to reflect
> whatever they're actually intended to represent in HW).
> What is the difference between "glitch" and "hw-glitch"?
"hw-glitch" is used to configure the anti-glitch filters.
It suppresses the pulses with a width lower than x microseconds.

"glitch" is is used to tune the I2C timing requirements, and has a
nanosecond granularity.
These values are added to default timing values.
I'm not 100% sure, but it looks like the "samsung,i2c-sda-delay" in the
i2c-s3c2410 driver.

I agree the names and descriptions are not clear, and even misleading.
I will come with a clearer implementation, as soon as I get
clarification from HW team.

Thanks for the review,

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