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Date:   Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:15:30 +0200
From:   Sascha Hauer <>
To:     Russell King - ARM Linux admin <>
        Thomas Petazzoni <>,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] net: mvneta: Fix Serdes configuration for 2.5Gbps

On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 09:47:10AM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux admin wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 10:38:47AM +0200, Sascha Hauer wrote:
> > The Marvell MVNETA Ethernet controller supports a 2.5Gbps SGMII mode
> > called DRSGMII. Depending on the Port MAC Control Register0 PortType
> > setting this seems to be either an overclocked SGMII mode or 2500BaseX.
> > 
> > This patch adds the necessary Serdes Configuration setting for the
> > 2.5Gbps modes. There is no phy interface mode define for overclocked
> > SGMII, so only 2500BaseX is handled for now.
> > 
> > As phy_interface_mode_is_8023z() returns true for both
> > explicitly test for 1000BaseX instead of using
> > phy_interface_mode_is_8023z() to differentiate the different
> > possibilities.
> > 
> > Fixes: da58a931f248f ("net: mvneta: Add support for 2500Mbps SGMII")
> > Signed-off-by: Sascha Hauer <>
> 2500base-X is used today on Armada 388 and Armada 3720 platforms and
> works - it is known to interoperate with Marvell PP2.2 hardware, as
> well was various SFPs such as the Huawei MA5671A at 2.5Gbps.  The way
> it is handled on these platforms is via the COMPHY, requesting that
> the serdes is upclocked from 1.25Gbps to 3.125Gbps.

Unfortunately the functional specs I have available for the Armada 38x
completely lack the ethernet registers, So I can't tell what has to be
done there. What about the other values that are poked into
MVNETA_SERDES_CFG? Are these documented in the Armada 388 functional
spec or are they just ignored by this hardware? I'm talking about

        if (phy_mode == PHY_INTERFACE_MODE_QSGMII)
                mvreg_write(pp, MVNETA_SERDES_CFG, MVNETA_QSGMII_SERDES_PROTO);
        else if (phy_mode == PHY_INTERFACE_MODE_SGMII ||
                 phy_mode == PHY_INTERFACE_MODE_1000BASEX)
                mvreg_write(pp, MVNETA_SERDES_CFG, MVNETA_SGMII_SERDES_PROTO);
        else if (!phy_interface_mode_is_rgmii(phy_mode))
                return -EINVAL;

In the Armada 38x functional specs we have this to configure the SGMII

PIN_PHY_GEN Setting:

SGMII SGMII (1.25 Gbps) 0x6
  HS-SGMII (3.125 Gbps) 0x8

The Armada XP doesn't have Comphy, so I guess what is being done in
mvneta_port_power_up() is just the old way for configuring the Serdes
lanes for different bitrates. Also they seem to have renamed DRSGMII

> This "DRSGMII" mode is not mentioned in the functional specs for either
> the Armada 388 or Armada 3720, the value you poke into the register is
> not mentioned either.  As I've already requested, some information on
> exactly what this "DRSGMII" is would be very useful, it can't be
> "double-rate SGMII" because that would give you 2Gbps instead of 1Gbps.

As said, despite the fact that two times 1Gbps is not 2.5Gbps DRSGMII
still stands for "Double Rated-SGMII", as found in the MV78260 Hardware
specifications. Another place in the same document talks about "DRSGMII
(SGMII at 2.5Gbps)". Otherwise documentation is sparse, to my
information it is really only a higher bitrate.


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