[PATCH 1/2] ASoC: dt-bindings: fsl_rpmsg: List DAPM endpoints ignoring suspend

Chancel Liu chancel.liu at nxp.com
Mon Sep 25 18:20:22 AEST 2023

> > Add a property to list DAPM endpoints which mark paths between these
> > endpoints ignoring suspend. These DAPM paths can still be power on
> > when system enters into suspend.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Chancel Liu <chancel.liu at nxp.com>
> > ---
> >  Documentation/devicetree/bindings/sound/fsl,rpmsg.yaml | 6 ++++++
> >  1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)
> >
> > diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/sound/fsl,rpmsg.yaml
> > b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/sound/fsl,rpmsg.yaml
> > index 188f38baddec..ec6e09eab427 100644
> > --- a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/sound/fsl,rpmsg.yaml
> > +++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/sound/fsl,rpmsg.yaml
> > @@ -91,6 +91,12 @@ properties:
> >        - rpmsg-audio-channel
> >        - rpmsg-micfil-channel
> >
> > +  fsl,lpa-widgets:
> What is LPA? It's not explained in property description.

On asymmetric multiprocessor, there are Cortex-A core and Cortex-M core, Linux
is running on Cortex-A core, RTOS or other OS is running on Cortex-M core. The
audio hardware devices can be controlled by Cortex-M. LPA means low power audio
case. The mechanism can be explained that Cortex-A allocates a large buffer and
fill audio data, then Cortex-A can enter into suspend for the purpose of power
saving. Cortex-M continues to play the sound during suspend phase of Cortex-A.
When the data in buffer is consumed, Cortex-M will trigger the Cortex-A to
wakeup to fill data.

I can add above explanation to LPA in patch v2.

> > +    $ref: /schemas/types.yaml#/definitions/non-unique-string-array
> > +    description: |
> > +      A list of DAPM endpoints which mark paths between these endpoints
> > +      ignoring suspend.
> And how does it differ from audio-routing? Also, you need to explain what is
> "suspend" in this context. Bindings are independent of Linux.

Normally audio paths will be disabled by ASoC dynamic audio power management if
Linux enters into suspend. LPA requires some audio paths enabled when Cortex-A
enters into suspend. We can read DAPM endpoints from the "fsl,lpa-widgets"
property and keep the paths between these endpoints enabled during suspend
phase of Cortex-A. Property "audio-routing" just declares the connection
between widgets and doesn't have such feature.

I will modify the description as following:
"A list of DAPM endpoints which mark paths between these endpoints still enabled
when system enters into suspend."

> Best regards,
> Krzysztof

Chancel Liu

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