[alsa-devel] Query on Audio DMA using DMAEngine

Lars-Peter Clausen lars at metafoo.de
Sun Jun 30 14:06:09 CEST 2013

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On 06/28/2013 05:27 AM, Fernandes, Joel wrote:
> Hi Lars,
> Hope you are doing well.
> I am implementing Cyclic DMA support in the EDMA driver that is used by Davinci and now newer TI SoCs.
> I am thinking once I am done I can plug it into the snd_dmaengine framework.
> Currently however, the davinci-pcm code directly programs the EDMA. That is what I am working to replace with a single driver and adapt to the snd dmaengine framework. However, once the current code in davinci-pcm uses internal RAM as an intermediate step in the whole DMA process (First data is TX to IRAM from DRAM and then from DRAM to the audio device).
> Do you have any ideas on how we can adapt to the framework, such that we can till use the IRAM? Are there any existing implementations out there that do something similar?

Hm, I guess using the snd_dmaengine_pcm helper functions here shouldn't be too
hard. Using the generic snd_dmaengine_pcm driver will require some extensions
to it though. The mmp platform (pxa/mmp-pcm.c) is also using some kind of
on-chip memory, so having support for this in the generic driver certainly
makes sense. For the chaining you'd probably have to extend the dmaengine
framework, since this kind of interleaved mem-to-mem and mem-to-dev cyclic
transfer is currently not possible.

I'm wondering though why do you need to copy the data to RAM first, is it not
possible to map the IRAM to userspace?

- Lars

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