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Date:   Mon, 07 Sep 2020 20:06:56 +0200
From:   Lukasz Stelmach <l.stelmach@...sung.com>
To:     David Laight <David.Laight@...LAB.COM>
Cc:     Krzysztof Kozlowski <krzk@...nel.org>,
        "David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
        Jakub Kicinski <kuba@...nel.org>,
        Kukjin Kim <kgene@...nel.org>,
        Rob Herring <robh+dt@...nel.org>,
        Russell King <linux@...linux.org.uk>,
        "linux-arm-kernel\@lists.infradead.org" 
        <linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org>,
        "linux-kernel\@vger.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        "linux-samsung-soc\@vger.kernel.org" 
        <linux-samsung-soc@...r.kernel.org>,
        "netdev\@vger.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        "devicetree\@vger.kernel.org" <devicetree@...r.kernel.org>,
        "m.szyprowski\@samsung.com" <m.szyprowski@...sung.com>,
        "b.zolnierkie\@samsung.com" <b.zolnierkie@...sung.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/3] net: ax88796c: ASIX AX88796C SPI Ethernet Adapter
 Driver

It was <2020-08-26 śro 15:06>, when David Laight wrote:
> From: Lukasz Stelmach
>> Sent: 26 August 2020 15:59
>> 
>> It was <2020-08-25 wto 20:44>, when Krzysztof Kozlowski wrote:
>> > On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 07:03:09PM +0200, Łukasz Stelmach wrote:
>> >> ASIX AX88796[1] is a versatile ethernet adapter chip, that can be
>> >> connected to a CPU with a 8/16-bit bus or with an SPI. This driver
>> >> supports SPI connection.
> ...
>> >> +++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/asix/Kconfig
>> >> @@ -0,0 +1,20 @@
>> >> +#
>> >> +# Asix network device configuration
>> >> +#
>> >> +
>> >> +config NET_VENDOR_ASIX
>> >> +	bool "Asix devices"
>> >> +	depends on SPI
>> >> +	help
>> >> +	  If you have a network (Ethernet) interface based on a chip from ASIX, say Y
>> >
>> > Looks like too long, did it pass checkpatch?
>> 
>> Yes? Let me try again. Yes, this one passed, but I missed a few other
>> problems. Thank you.
>> 
>> >> +
>> >> +if NET_VENDOR_ASIX
>> >> +
>> >> +config SPI_AX88796C
>> >> +	tristate "Asix AX88796C-SPI support"
>> >> +	depends on SPI
>> >> +	depends on GPIOLIB
>> >> +	help
>> >> +	  Say Y here if you intend to attach a Asix AX88796C as SPI mode
>> >> +
>> >> +endif # NET_VENDOR_ASIX
>
> There are plenty of other ethernet devices made by ASIX (eg USB ones)
> that have nothing at all to do with this driver.
> So those questions are too broad.
>
> The first one should probable be for ASIX SPI network devices.
>

On the other hand there is only one ASIX SPI network device and there
are four other Non-PCI AX88* chips (and that is all I know about them).

> (I can't imagine SPI being fast enough to be useful for ethernet...)

Not for a file server, sure. It handles clock up to 40MHz and it's meant
for systems that cannot handle more than a few MB/s anyway.

-- 
Łukasz Stelmach
Samsung R&D Institute Poland
Samsung Electronics

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