MPC8240 EPIC Driver (Attached)

Andrew Johnson anj at
Tue Aug 14 01:56:09 EST 2001

Dan Malek wrote:
> James F Dougherty wrote:
> >
> > A while ago, I posted some questions on getting the OpenPIC driver working
> > correctly for the EPIC (Embedded Programmable Interrupt Controller) internal
> > to the MPC8240. After several attempts on open_pic.*, I gave up, and ported a
> > an existing driver.
> Ummm, I'm confused.  The existing PowerPC OpenPIC works just fine with
> the 8240/8245/MPC107 EPICs, at least on the Sandpoint.

Not quite - the Sandpoint has an i8259 as well, and the OpenPic code as
shipped with HHL-2.0 assumes that there is one present (at least you have
to link in the i8259 code, although you can arrange that it is never
called).  Not all 8240 systems have an 8259 such as the MVME2100, and I
had to #if out some stuff from OpenPic.c to be able to omit the i8259.

Then there's the problem of accessing the 8240's interrupts for I2C, 2 DMA
channels and Message Unit, which are highly dis-contiguous with the other
interrupts; these would appear at IRQs 129, 130, 131 and 134 in the
current scheme (needing a rather large and sparse interrupt senses
table).  Oh, and the 4 Global timer interrupts would have to appear at
negative IRQ numbers, so it's a good thing Linux doesn't need to use

I haven't looked at James' code, but the OpenPIC stuff certainly does need
some changes to be truly universal.

- Andrew
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