[alsa-devel] [PATCH 1/5] ASoC: DMIC: Adding the OMAP DMIC driver

Liam Girdwood lrg at slimlogic.co.uk
Wed Dec 29 14:00:00 CET 2010

On Wed, 2010-12-29 at 14:04 +0200, Felipe Balbi wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 11:52:51AM +0000, Liam Girdwood wrote:
> >I agree that drivers should be arch independent when possible, but in
> >this case the OMAP DMIC DAI driver is coupled to the OMAP platform only.
> >i.e. it performs IO directly on the OMAP DMIC IP. This IP is only found
> >on OMAP silicon.
> Let's imagine this IP is sourced from someone else and not created by
> TI, what prevents company XYZ from sourcing the same IP and end up
> re-using the driver ?

That's fine, but this is not the case atm for this particular DMIC IP
and we can only justify effort for OMAP atm.

> >I also agree it would be nice if it builds for PXA, MIPS, SuperH etc but
> >what happens when the driver builds fine for OMAP but breaks the PXA,
> >MIPS, SuperH build ? Who will spend time to fix and test it ?
> You forgetting about other ARMs. This won't compile on DaVinci either.
> >My main problem here is cost benefit. No one benefits directly by having
> >this driver available for the above platforms but it costs me time
> >fixing it when it breaks.
> Of course there's people benefitting: OMAP audio driver writers would
> know their driver is well written and doesn't break build for anybody.
> Ok, let me put it this way:
> What happens when you want have one kernel image for OMAP and DaVinci ?
> Granted, that's not possible today anyway but e.g. Linaro is pushing for
> it and IMO should be the way to go for us to be able to have a
> distro-like kernel for ARM-based systems too.

Ok, I now think you meant other "ARM architectures" here than other
Linux architectures in general. It does make a more sense for ARM
distribution deployment, but I still think guaranteeing successful build
for this driver on all non ARM architectures atm just to give us
satisfaction that the driver is "well written" is unnecessary effort.

> >> >It also seems inconsistent with the other OMAP system headers in
> >> >plat-omap too.
> >>
> >> Other than a few drivers which still need converting (and are on their
> >> way) I can only see really arch-specific bits and pieces under plat/.
> >>
> >> Not sure what's your point here.
> >>
> >
> >The point is that David had split the DMIC headers into two files, one
> >for plat specific registers and bit definitions and the other for audio
> >definitions (for the machine drivers) and is/was consistent with the
> >current OMAP platform headers.
> You forgot to mention that plat/ headers are supposed to be used by
> plat-* and mach-* code only to setup the correct state for the driver.
> Just recently one of the musb glue layers got broken because it was
> mistakenly using <plat/control.h> and that got moved.
> That's actually my point and why I think drivers should not touch plat/*
> and mach/* headers.

In a lot of cases drivers under drivers/* and sound/* must touch plat/*
and mach/* headers for runtime access to hardware IP. I've just grepped
and the list is quite long for drivers/*


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