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Date:   Thu, 6 Feb 2020 16:13:09 -0600
From:   Dan Murphy <>
To:     Heiner Kallweit <>, <>,
CC:     <>, <>,
        <>, <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v2] net: phy: dp83867: Add speed optimization


On 2/5/20 3:16 PM, Heiner Kallweit wrote:
> On 04.02.2020 19:13, Dan Murphy wrote:
>> Set the speed optimization bit on the DP83867 PHY.
>> This feature can also be strapped on the 64 pin PHY devices
>> but the 48 pin devices do not have the strap pin available to enable
>> this feature in the hardware.  PHY team suggests to have this bit set.
>> With this bit set the PHY will auto negotiate and report the link
>> parameters in the PHYSTS register.  This register provides a single
>> location within the register set for quick access to commonly accessed
>> information.
>> In this case when auto negotiation is on the PHY core reads the bits
>> that have been configured or if auto negotiation is off the PHY core
>> reads the BMCR register and sets the phydev parameters accordingly.
>> This Giga bit PHY can throttle the speed to 100Mbps or 10Mbps to accomodate a
>> 4-wire cable.  If this should occur the PHYSTS register contains the
>> current negotiated speed and duplex mode.
>> In overriding the genphy_read_status the dp83867_read_status will do a
>> genphy_read_status to setup the LP and pause bits.  And then the PHYSTS
>> register is read and the phydev speed and duplex mode settings are
>> updated.
>> Signed-off-by: Dan Murphy <>
>> ---
>> v2 - Updated read status to call genphy_read_status first, added link_change
>> callback to notify of speed change and use phy_set_bits -
> As stated in the first review, it would be appreciated if you implement
> also the downshift tunable. This could be a separate patch in this series.
> Most of the implementation would be boilerplate code.

I looked at this today and there are no registers that allow tuning the 
downshift attempts.  There is only a RO register that tells you how many 
attempts it took to achieve a link.  So at the very least we could put 
in the get_tunable but there will be no set.

So we should probably skip this for this PHY.


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