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Date:   Sat, 21 Dec 2019 11:08:18 +0000
From:   Milind Parab <mparab@...ence.com>
To:     Russell King - ARM Linux admin <linux@...linux.org.uk>
CC:     "andrew@...n.ch" <andrew@...n.ch>,
        "antoine.tenart@...tlin.com" <antoine.tenart@...tlin.com>,
        "f.fainelli@...il.com" <f.fainelli@...il.com>,
        "davem@...emloft.net" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        "netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        "hkallweit1@...il.com" <hkallweit1@...il.com>,
        "linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Dhananjay Vilasrao Kangude <dkangude@...ence.com>,
        "a.fatoum@...gutronix.de" <a.fatoum@...gutronix.de>,
        "brad.mouring@...com" <brad.mouring@...com>,
        Parshuram Raju Thombare <pthombar@...ence.com>,
        "Nicolas.Ferre@...rochip.com" <Nicolas.Ferre@...rochip.com>
Subject: RE: [PATCH v2 3/3] net: macb: add support for high speed interface

>>
>> Additional 3rd party I2C IP required (not part of GEM) for module
>> interrogation (MDIO to I2C handled by SW
>>  +--------------+                                  +-----------+
>>  |              |       |        |                 |  SFP+     |
>>  | GEM MAC/DMA  | <---> | SerDes | <---- SFI-----> | Optical   |
>>  |   USX PCS|   |       | (PMA)  |                 | Module    |
>>  +--------------+                                  +-----------+
>>                                                          ^
>>         +--------+                                       |
>>         | I2C    |                                       |
>>         | Master | <-------------------------------------|
>>         +--------+
>The kernel supports this through the sfp and phylink support. SFI is
>more commonly known as 10GBASE-R. Note that this is *not* USXGMII.
>Link status needs to come from the MAC side, so macb_mac_pcs_get_state()
>is required.
>
>> Rate determined by 10GBASE-T PHY capability through auto-negotiation.
>> I2C IP required
>>  +--------------+                                  +-----------+
>>  |              |       |        |                 |  SFP+ to  |
>>  | GEM MAC/DMA  | <---> | SerDes | <---- SFI-----> | 10GBASE-T |
>>  |   USX PCS|   |       | (PMA)  |                 |           |
>>  +--------------+                                  +-----------+
>>                                                          ^
>>         +--------+                                       |
>>         | I2C    |                                       |
>>         | Master | <-------------------------------------|
>>         +--------+
>
>The 10G copper module I have uses 10GBASE-R, 5000BASE-X, 2500BASE-X,
>and SGMII (without in-band status), dynamically switching between
>these depending on the results of the copper side negotiation.
>
>> USXGMII PHY. Uses MDIO or equivalent for status xfer
>>  +-------------+                                    +--------+
>>  |             |       |        |                   |        |
>>  | GEM MAC/DMA | <---> | SerDes | <--- USXGMII ---> |  PHY   |
>>  |  USX PCS    |       | (PMA)  |                   |        |
>>  +-------------+                                    +--------+
>>        ^                                                 ^
>>        |_____________________ MDIO ______________________|
>
>Overall, please implement phylink properly for your MAC, rather than
>the current half-hearted approach that *will* break in various
>circumstances.
>

We would need more time to get back on the restructured implementation. 
While we work on that, is it okay to accept patch 1/3 and patch 2/3?

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