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Date:	Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:15:37 +0800
From:	Flora Fu <flora.fu@...iatek.com>
To:	Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>,
	Matthias Brugger <matthias.bgg@...il.com>
CC:	<linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>,
	Rob Herring <robh+dt@...nel.org>,
	Samuel Ortiz <sameo@...ux.intel.com>,
	Lee Jones <lee.jones@...aro.org>,
	Liam Girdwood <lgirdwood@...il.com>,
	Mark Brown <broonie@...nel.org>, <arm@...nel.org>,
	Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@....com>,
	<devicetree@...r.kernel.org>,
	Russell King <linux@....linux.org.uk>,
	<srv_heupstream@...iatek.com>, Pawel Moll <pawel.moll@....com>,
	Ian Campbell <ijc+devicetree@...lion.org.uk>,
	<linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	HenryC Chen <henryc.chen@...iatek.com>,
	Menghui Lin <menghui.lin@...iatek.com>,
	Olof Johansson <olof@...om.net>,
	Sascha Hauer <kernel@...gutronix.de>,
	Kumar Gala <galak@...eaurora.org>,
	Grant Likely <grant.likely@...aro.org>,
	Yingjoe Chen <yingjoe.chen@...iatek.com>,
	Eddie Huang <eddie.huang@...iatek.com>,
	Dongdong Cheng <dongdong.cheng@...iatek.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 1/8] soc: mediatek: Add PMIC wrapper for MT8135 and
 MT6397 SoC

Hi, Arnd,

On Fri, 2014-12-05 at 11:13 +0100, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Friday 05 December 2014 12:07:52 Flora Fu wrote:
> > Add PMIC wrapper of MT8135 to access MT6397 MFD.
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Flora Fu <flora.fu@...iatek.com>
> > 
> 
> Please explain what a PMIC wrapper is and why you need one for MT8135.
> I don't understand the purpose of this code at all. Is this just another
> way of accessing the MT6397 when not using i2c or spi like other
> PMIC drivers do?
> 

Yes, MT8135 uses a proprietary hardware to communicate with MT6397. 
The hardware is called PMIC Wrapper or PWRAP.
Since it is not standard i2c or spi protocols, a soc related software
driver is implemented to handle access protocols in AP side.

+-----------------+           +---------------+
|                 |           |               |
| Mediatek AP SoC |           |               |
| (ex. MT8135)    |           |    MT6397     |
|                 |           |               |
|      +--------+ | (SPI bus) | +--------+    |
|      |        | |-----------| |        |    |
|      |  PMIC  | |-----------| |  PMIC  |    |
|      | Wrapper| |-----------| | Wrapper|    |
|      |        | |-----------| |        |    |
|      +--------+ |           | +--------+    |
|                 |           |               |
+-----------------+           +---------------+

Thanks,
Flora


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