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Dynamic Audio Power Management (DAPM) is designed to allow portable Linux devices to use the minimum amount of power within the audio subsystem at all times. It is independent of other kernel PM and as such, can easily co-exist with the other PM systems.

DAPM is also completely transparent to all user space applications as all power switching is done within the ASoC core. No code changes or recompiling are required for user space applications. DAPM makes power switching descisions based upon any audio stream (capture/playback) activity and audio mixer settings within the device.

DAPM spans the whole machine. It covers power control within the entire audio subsystem, this includes internal codec power blocks and machine level power systems.

There are 4 power domains within DAPM:

  1. Codec domain – VREF, VMID (core codec and audio power). Usually controlled at codec probe/remove and suspend/resume, although can be set at stream time if power is not needed for sidetone, etc.
  2. Platform/Machine domain – physically connected inputs and outputs. Is platform/machine and user action specific, is configured by the machine driver and responds to asynchronous events. e.g when HP are inserted
  3. Path domain – audio susbsystem signal paths. Automatically set when mixer and mux settings are changed by the user. e.g. alsamixer, amixer.
  4. Stream domain – DAC's and ADC's. Enabled and disabled when stream playback/capture is started and stopped respectively. e.g. aplay, arecord.

All DAPM power switching descisons are made automatically by consulting an audio routing map of the whole machine. This map is specific to each machine and consists of the interconnections between every audio component (including internal codec components).

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