[alsa-devel] [PATCH 4/4] ASoC: TWL4030: Add pre-DAC digital mux controls

Peter Ujfalusi peter.ujfalusi at nokia.com
Mon Dec 1 14:25:12 CET 2008


On Monday 01 December 2008 14:46:06 ext Mark Brown wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 01, 2008 at 02:09:40PM +0200, Peter Ujfalusi wrote:
> > Well, I'm not sure how often this can be used. I was reading the wm*
> > codec drivers as you suggested a while ago. Those also implement the
> > digital routing outside of DAPM. So I thought why not.
> Right, this is one reason I know it can cause issues.  For the Wolfson
> codecs it's mostly sidetone paths that are implemented which tends to
> work OK since it's relatively rare to want to run a digital sidetone
> without also doing a record and playback.  It's when you start
> implementing DAC source and ADC output selection that things can get
> tricky - DAPM needs to have a method for figuring out which DACs and
> ADCs to power up and currently that's done by hard coding.

In respect of PM, there is no power control before the DACs in TWL.
A simple chain looks like this (I2S stereo playback to HeadSet):
For the left channel:

SDRL2 -> MUX (Left/Mono) -> Digital PGA -> DACL2 -> APGA -> HSOL
MUX: SDRL2 or SDRM2, no power control
Digital PGA: FGAIN, CGAIN, no power control
DACL2: On/Off
APGA: Power, Analog Gain

What I'm trying to do with the DAPM at the moment:
Have the MUX settings tied to the outputs.
Based on the selected input (to the output), connect it to the correct APGA 
with power switch.
APGA connects to the corresponding DAC with power switch.
It Should be fine.
Probably I need to introduce some 'ghost APGA outputs' in order to really 
control the APGA power switch, but this is just a small detail...

> > Most of the times these routings are static, so one can set these from
> > the actual board file, it is kind of hackish, but could do it:
> > codec->write(codec, TWL4030_REG_RX_PATH_SEL, _something_);
> > I don't see to much harm on having it as runtime configurable. As I said
> > I think it is good to have 'full control' over things.
> There are definitely use cases for having the control, it's just the
> problem with working out what's actually active that means it's safer to
> let people make local modifications to the driver for now.  Having parts
> of the chip you're trying to use fail to power on doesn't tend to work
> so well.

Ok, I agree. If someone needs to modify the routing, than it can be done in 
the board/platform file.

> > > Implementing digial routing support is on my radar but it's firmly
> > > below the V2 merge.
> >
> > You obviously know about ASoCv2... Do you have some pointers on what is
> > coming and when?
> The main outstanding bit is the ability to probe machine, codec and
> platform drivers independently.  The asoc-v2-dev branch of
> git://opensource.wolfsonmicro.com/linux-2.6-asoc has the model for where
> we're heading, but there are likely to be some differences due to merge
> and review.  The for-tiwai branch will have whatever backports have not
> yet been submitted to Takashi.

Thanks, I'll take a look there!
How it will affect the existing codec drivers?

> BTW, there seems to be some problem with your mail client - many of your
> lines are over 80 characters, making it hard to read your mails.  It
> looks awfully like it's wrapping at ~90 characters or something;

Hmm, sorry about it. Using kmail... Should be fine now (set to wrap at 78 


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