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Date:   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:42:28 +0100
From:   Hans de Goede <>
To:     Yauhen Kharuzhy <>
        MyungJoo Ham <>,
        Andy Shevchenko <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] extcon intel-cht-wc: Enable external charger


On 2/19/19 9:20 PM, Yauhen Kharuzhy wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 02:39:55PM +0100, Hans de Goede wrote:
>>>> I also wonder if you've considered just disabling the extcon driver
>>>> for the PMIC leaving it in automatic mode. Unlike the GPD win / pocket
>>>> with their Type-C connector, your device seems to actually be using
>>>> the PMIC as it was designed, so the automatic mode might just work
>>>> and not touching the PMIC at all might be best.
>>> Hm. We need to detect charger type (which can be kind of ACA) and set charging
>>> limit properly, control OTG boost converter of the charger, request
>>> hi-voltage charging etc.
>>> I am not sure that this is possible without of software intervention.
>>> Mixing of software
>>> events handling with hardware charging control will be a source of
>>> errors and instability.
>>> So, no, I didn't think about HW-controlled charging when Linux is
>>> running. But this may
>>> be subject of future investigation.
>> Ok, I was hoping that the CCSM hardware would automatically do charger-type
>> detection and set the input-current-limit accordingly.
> I have checked this. UEFI firmware configures PMIC to SW-controlled
> mode if no OTG cable connected at start. If change PMIC mode to
> HW-controlled, charging works but no IINLIM control by PMIC is observed
> (ILIM pin is disabled and 0x00 register value is not changed). When OTG
> cable is connected, bq25892 registers are not changed also (OTG boost
> converter is disabled).
> So, I consider that this machine is designed for software charging and
> OTG mode control.

Ok, that is similar to my experience with the GPD devices with
TypeC connector.

>>>>> Q: In theory, enabling of 'charge enable' output without of properly
>>>>> configuration of external charger can cause some problems (USB overload,
>>>>> battery overcurrent etc.). I think that there are no such stupidly
>>>>> designed devices exist but we cannot be sure. What should we do with this?
>>>> This should not be a problem, the input-current-limit of the charger
>>>> will already be setup by the firmware at boot and if a charger gets
>>>> plugged in later then the input-current-limit will reset to 500mA.
>>>> Likewise the max charging current for the battery should already
>>>> be configured properly by the firmware (this must be the case since
>>>> the device will also charge while off) and we don't even know what
>>>> the max charging current for the battery is, so we just have to rely
>>>> on the firmware/BIOS here.
>>> In the Lenovo Yoga Book the firmware seems to set safe input current limit
>>> only (500 mA). Fast charging can be enabled by software and exactly value
>>> of limits for this are known from Lenovo's sources only...
>> The input-current-limit only specifies how much current the charger may
>> draw from the micro-usb for both supplying the laptop as well as for
>> charging the battery combined. You can safely set this as high as
>> the charger can handle (2A for a dedicated charger).
>> The BQ25892 should have a *separate* setting for the max current to
>> use while charging the battery (assuming that the input current allows
>> drawing enough current in the first place). I would hope that those bits
>> have some sane value set from the firmware...
> Yes, the charger has separate battery current limit but firmware doesn't
> change its default value (2048 mA) while Lenovo's software driver does.
> It set battery charging limit to 4 A and input limit to 2 A (it makes
> sense because Lenovo adapter and BQ25892 both support voltage increasing
> upto 12V).

Hmm, I guess your device uses a separate power-barrel charging conector
then? 12v over micro-usb requires special negotiation which the Whiskey Cove
PMIC does not support AFAIK.

In either case if you want to increase the max battery current to 4A
in the kernel, then this will have to be guarded by a DMI check.

I beieve the way to do this wuld be throuh a device-property on the
charger which gets set from drivers/i2c/busses/i2c-cht-wc.c, but as
said this needs to be behind a DMI check, e cannot just g and boost
the max charge current to 4A everywhere.



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