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Date:   Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:59:17 -0500
From:   Rob Herring <robh@...nel.org>
To:     Maciej Purski <m.purski@...sung.com>
Cc:     "linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        "devicetree@...r.kernel.org" <devicetree@...r.kernel.org>,
        Mark Brown <broonie@...nel.org>,
        Liam Girdwood <lgirdwood@...il.com>,
        Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@....com>,
        Marek Szyprowski <m.szyprowski@...sung.com>,
        Bartlomiej Zolnierkiewicz <b.zolnierkie@...sung.com>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v2 1/3] regulator: bindings: Add properties for
 coupled regulators

On Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 2:31 AM, Maciej Purski <m.purski@...sung.com> wrote:
>
>
> On 10/24/2017 08:58 PM, Rob Herring wrote:
>>
>> On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 02:47:00PM +0200, Maciej Purski wrote:
>>>
>>> Some regulators require keeping their voltage spread below defined
>>> max_spread.
>>>
>>> Add properties to provide information on regulators' coupling.
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Maciej Purski <m.purski@...sung.com>
>>> ---
>>>   Documentation/devicetree/bindings/regulator/regulator.txt | 4 ++++
>>>   1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)
>>>
>>> diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/regulator/regulator.txt
>>> b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/regulator/regulator.txt
>>> index 378f6dc..6769565 100644
>>> --- a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/regulator/regulator.txt
>>> +++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/regulator/regulator.txt
>>> @@ -60,6 +60,10 @@ Optional properties:
>>>         0: Disable active discharge.
>>>         1: Enable active discharge.
>>>         Absence of this property will leave configuration to default.
>>> +- regulator-coupled-with: Phandle to regulators with which the regulator
>>> +  should be coupled. Allow up to 9 phandles.
>>
>>
>> 9? Sounds like a driver detail and pretty arbitrary.
>>
> It's just a constant number that I defined as MAX_COUPLED, because in fact
> there isn't any use-case yet for even more than two regulators so
> MAX_COUPLED equal to 9 is a really high number. If you find it cleaner, I
> can make this value variable.

Just drop the statement. The OS simply needs to support however many
there are for the h/w it supports.

>
>> Is this linkage 2-way meaning 2 coupled regulators both have links to
>> the other one? If so, then what happens when you have a high number? If
>> not, how does one decide which regulator has this property?
>
>
> Yes, it is 2-way. When you have a high number, then each regulator should
> have phandles to every other. So, if you have 3 regulators coupled, then
> each one should have 2 phandles.

Please add this to the description. That doesn't really seem ideal if
you have a lot, but I somewhat doubt we'll see more than 2-3.

Rob

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