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Date:   Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:13:29 +0100
From:   Mark Brown <>
To:     Doug Anderson <>
Cc:     Dilip Kota <>,
        Stephen Boyd <>,
        LKML <>,
        linux-spi <>,
        Sagar Dharia <>,
        Karthikeyan Ramasubramanian <>,
        linux-arm-msm <>,
        "Mahadevan, Girish" <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] spi: spi-geni-qcom: Add SPI driver support for GENI
 based QUP

On Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 08:40:17AM -0700, Doug Anderson wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 10, 2018 at 3:52 AM, Mark Brown <> wrote:

> > This is more about matching the data rate between the two drivers - the
> > clock framework could (and possibly should) reasonably return an error
> > here, we're trying to ensure that drivers and controllers work well
> > together here.

> The clock framework should be able to accomplish what you want.  If
> you just request the rate it will do its best to make the rate
> requested.  If we want to see what clock would be set before setting

The request could be massively off the deliverable rate - 50% or more.

> is "close enough" in this case?  I haven't gone and dug, but I've
> always seen people only specify a max rate for SPI. as long as
> the clock framework gives us something <= the clock we requested then
> we should be OK, right?  If / when this becomes a problem then we
> should add a min/max to "struct spi_transfer", no?

On the other hand if I ask for my audio to be played at 44.1kHz and the
clock framework says "yes, sure" and gives me 8kHz then the user
experience will be poor.

> Note that there are also clk_set_rate_range(), clk_set_min_rate(), and
> clk_set_max_rate() though I'm told those might be a bit quirky.

They're certainly not widely used at any rate.

> ...but maybe we don't need to argue about this anyway since IMHO we
> should just use the clk framework to figure out our maximum speed.

It looks like that's true in this case.

> >> 3. If you really truly need code in the SPI driver then make sure you
> >> include a compatible string for the SoC and have a table in the driver
> >> that's found with of_device_get_match_data().  AKA:

> >>   compatible = "qcom,geni-spi-sdm845", "qcom,geni-spi";

> > A controller driver really shouldn't need to be open coding anything.

> It wouldn't be open-coding, it would be a different way of specifying
> things.  In my understanding it's always a judgement call about how

If you're saying we need clock rate selection logic (which is what it
sounds like) rather than data then that seems like a problem.

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