[alsa-devel] [PATCH] ASoC: TWL4030: PM fix for output amplifiers

Peter Ujfalusi peter.ujfalusi at nokia.com
Mon Mar 22 15:46:08 CET 2010

On Monday 22 March 2010 16:15:44 ext Mark Brown wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 04:04:56PM +0200, Peter Ujfalusi wrote:
> > bit 4-5: Gain (0x0 - power down, 0x1 - 6dB, 0x2 - 0dB, 0x3 - -6dB)
> > 
> > If there is no audio activity, and user changes the routing, than the
> > gain value will be also written to the chip, which causes the amp to be
> > enabled.
> So it's shared power and volume in a single bitfield.


> > > If it's supposed to be holding the controls at a mute value while the
> > > PGA is powered down then this is something that ASoC could benefit from
> > > in general - it'd be much better if we could keep amplifiers muted
> > > while not in active use and sequence the unmute into the power
> > > management at the end since this is good for pop/click management in
> > > general.  I'd started to look at this but not yet got enough time to
> > > finish off implementing it.
> > 
> > Yes, I have been also thinking about that, but I really don't know how it
> > can be done:
> > 
> > For the DAPM part it is kind of easy, since we can decide in the core
> > when to write to the chip, and when only to the reg_cache.
> > But since I have the gain in the same register, when the user changing
> > the volume, than that control don't have information about the
> > associated DAPM widget's state.
> That's why I'm saying you'll need a new control type - it'd need to know
> how to look at the state of a DAPM widget and decide if it should update
> the hardware based on that.  The PGA handling code that's in current
> mainline (not for-2.6.35, it got removed) is an example of this.
> > Well, I think the core could have some basic support for similar cases,
> > but I'm not sure if it is possible to cover all cases in the core.
> I don't see any fundamental problem here - mostly this just maps on to
> "if the widget is powered on write this value, otherwise write the
> value configured by the control.".

Hmm, I suppose it could be possible to pass the name of the DAPM widget, a 
bitmask to a control...
Than in the handler in the core we could walk through the DAPM widgets, and find 
the one, check the status, and if it is on, we allow the write, otherwise we 
could use the mask to write only the things, that it is needed.

But, in TWL case I'd like to filter out also the writes which is done by the 
DAPM widgets (which is visible from the user space, the mixers).
As it is now, if user changes the mixer, which is associated with DAPM widget 
(and it is different than the PGA, they are DAPM_MIXER), than that write goes 
directly to the register, and this write takes the cached value, makes the 
changes and than writes it to register. This also enables the gain (which 
enables the amp, which takes power).

Even if we can filter out the volume control writes, we still have the problem 
with the DAPM_MIXER writes to the same register.

> > I do think, that at least the TWL codec has to be handled in a custom
> > way. For now at least.
> > 
> > Should I add more explanation to the commit message to make the intention
> > more clear?
> Well, I was rather hoping I could convince you to make this more
> generic.  But if that's not possible then yes, please do make the commit
> message clearer.

I need to study other codes as well, before I could start doing something more 
generic, which I totally agree would be beneficial for others as well.
But for now, I would like to update the commit message, and come back later, and 
revisit the possibility of similar, and more generic ways of doing this.


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