[alsa-devel] [PATCH v8 2/2] ASoC: fsl: Add S/PDIF machine driver

Stephen Warren swarren at wwwdotorg.org
Tue Aug 20 17:48:46 CEST 2013

On 08/19/2013 06:18 PM, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 03:39:26PM -0600, Stephen Warren wrote:
>> On 08/19/2013 06:08 AM, Nicolin Chen wrote:
>>> This patch implements a device-tree-only machine driver for
>>> Freescale i.MX series Soc. It works with
>>> spdif_transmitter/spdif_receiver and fsl_spdif.c drivers.
>>> diff --git
>>> a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/sound/imx-audio-spdif.txt
>>> b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/sound/imx-audio-spdif.txt
>>> +Optional properties:
>>> +  - spdif-transmitter : The phandle of the spdif-transmitter
>>> dummy codec +  - spdif-receiver : The phandle of the
>>> spdif-receiver dummy codec
>>> +* Note: At least one of these two properties should be set in
>>> the DT binding.
>> Those object truly don't exist in HW and only exist due to
>> internal details of Linux's ASoC subsystem.
> They will physically exist if they're usefully present on the board
> (in the sense that they're there and can be pointed at) - there
> will be either a TOSLINK optical connector or (less commonly) an
> electrical connector breaking the signal out to go elsewhere though
> they don't have any interaction with software usually which is more
> what you mean here.

Sure, the S/PDIF signal is connected to something, but it is not a
"dummy CODEC"; a "dummy CODEC" is purely something internal to ASoC
and absolutely nothing to do with HW.

>> Or, to map the properties more directly to HW, perhaps name the
>> property "spdif-tx-jack-exists", or even "spdif-tx-jack" and make
>> it a phandle to a node that represents the actual S/PDIF
>> connector?
> S/PDIF is also sometimes used as an interconnect between devices -
> some CODECs have S/PDIF I/O (more normally used as an external
> connector on the box).  This is most frequently seen as a way to
> plumb HDMI in since some HDMI devices seem to provide this as a
> legacy interconnect, though it can get used just for regular CODECs
> as well.  Using this machine driver would probably be a bit of an
> abuse for some applications, though with things like the HDMI one
> the goal of the hardware is to be dropped into a driver like this
> so perhaps it makes sense and is useful anyway.
> Equally well it'd be good to get this stuff actually merged, it
> seems to have been surprisingly time consuming thus far...

That's not a good argument for an incorrect binding.

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