ARM clock API to PowerPC

Mark Brown broonie at
Thu Aug 13 09:00:23 EST 2009

On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 08:32:53AM +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-08-12 at 23:20 +0100, Mark Brown wrote:

> > There was a recent thread on linux-kernel (last week) about the tmio_mmc
> > drivers - it's a MMC controller which is present in both some SH CPUs
> > and some MFD chips.  I can probably dig up a more exact reference if
> > required.

> Or maybe just explain quickly how it needs to "register new clocks" in
> ways that can be problematic. I'm not trying to be dense, I'm really not
> sure what the problem you are trying to highlight is :-)

The problem is that you've got a chip which has a clock tree of its own
which could benefit from using the clock API internally (in this case
because it helps generalisation to the case where it's on the CPU for
the MMC block to be able to just use the clock API for its clocks).

Ideally the MFD core for the tmio would be able to extend the clock tree
so that the MMC driver can work without knowing what sort of device it's
part of.  Having the platform know about the clocks in the MFD means
teaching each platform that might use the chip about the clocking
structure of the chip in some way.  However, there's a concern about
making the clock API too heavyweight for the on-SoC clocks that are the
major application.  Things like per-clock memory consumption are an
issue on bigger chips.

> Having more "generic" clock providers for off-SoC clock chips is an idea
> that went through my mind but you may be right that it's not necessarily
> something we need to cater for initially, it can be handled by platform
> for now easily enough.

So long as that's clear to device tree users that should be fine.

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