[alsa-devel] Generic clock divider indices

Daniel Mack zonque at gmail.com
Thu Jun 6 16:31:59 CEST 2013

On 06.06.2013 16:24, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 06, 2013 at 04:09:52PM +0200, Daniel Mack wrote:
>> On 06.06.2013 15:56, Mark Brown wrote:
>>> I don't think this is a terribly sensible idea; as soon as you start
>>> relying on these dividers in machine code you're going to run into
>>> drivers that just don't implement them either due to hardware or due to
>>> them being able to figure things out by themselves and...
>> I do see that we have a way to propagate the sysclk, but how would you
>> determine the bit clock rate from a codec driver?
> Usually you just set the bit clock to be whatever the minimim clock
> needed for the data is - there's helpers in soc-utils.c to get the
> number - or the next highest sensible rate if there's a division
> problem.

Hmm, but in case the codec is slave to all clocks, it must have a way to
determine what the bit clock rate (or the ratio to MCLK, respectively)
is. It can't just _set_ it. Which detail am I missing?

>> Also, the same problem with freely definable indices is true for
>> .set_sysclk() as well. Not all drivers expect the actual MCLK rate here.
> Yes, and thus you start to see the problems doing this sort of stuff
> generically.  There's often also a whole bunch of different ways the
> clocking can be set up

But there's always a MCLK, a BCLK and a LRCLK. And thus, there are
always ratios between them. It might even make sense to let the core
inform the codec drivers, instead of relying on the machine code.

> which can make a material difference to the
> quality of the output and may require some system specific taste to
> choose.

I see your point, but no solution yet :)


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