[alsa-devel] [PATCH RFC v3 0/8] Beaglebone-Black HDMI audio

Lars-Peter Clausen lars at metafoo.de
Mon Jan 27 20:47:23 CET 2014

On 01/27/2014 08:40 PM, Jyri Sarha wrote:
> On 01/27/2014 06:32 PM, Lars-Peter Clausen wrote:
>> On 01/27/2014 05:17 PM, Jyri Sarha wrote:
>>> On 01/27/2014 05:51 PM, Lars-Peter Clausen wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I think you should try to get this in sync with the work Jean-Francois is
>>>> currently doing[1]. Having the HDMI transmitter register a CODEC device is
>>>> definitely the right approach, compared to the rather 'interesting'
>>>> constraints stuff you do in patch 4.
>>> Oh, Jean-Francois's patches are now out. I'll take those into use, but I am
>>> afraid it still does not save me from the constraint stuff.
>>> The most complex piece of code comes from limited sample-rate availability,
>>> which is coming Beaglebone-Black desing (available i2s master clock), not
>>> from the HDMI encoder itself. It does not help with the stereo only
>>> limitation either, because it comes from the one wire only audio data
>>> connection on BBB.
>>> Support for S16_LE could maybe be added if the tda998x specific codec would
>>> fiddle with CTS_N predivider-setting (K select) according to the used sample
>>> width. But it appears Cobox plays all the sample formats fine without this
>>> change, so the question is if playing around with CTS_N predivider would
>>> break already working support there (something to be tested).
>> The ASoC core will set the constraints for the audio format/rate to the
>> intersection of what is supported by the CODEC and the CPU DAI. So if the
>> limitation comes from the CPU DAI the constraints should be applied there
>> and not in the machine driver. Similar if the tda998x only supports 32 bit
>> samples it should advertise this and the compound card will only support 32
>> bit samples.
> Yes. I know. But these limitations come from the run time setup of the audio
> serial bus and those details are not available to the cpu dai at the register
> time.
> If more of the McASP configuration data would be moved to DT, instead of giving
> it in set_sysclk, set_fmt, etc. calls it would be possible for the driver code
> produce more accurate constraints at register time. However that would change
> McASP driver a lot and would possibly break some of the legacy support.

There is nothing wrong with setting the constraints based on the parameters 
passed to set_sysclk or set_fmt, etc. In fact this is something that is often 
done by drivers.

- Lars

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