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Date:   Tue, 29 Mar 2022 10:49:20 +0800
From:   Andy Chiu <>
        Andy Chiu <>,
        Greentime Hu <>
Subject: [PATCH v7 net 3/4] dt-bindings: net: add pcs-handle attribute

Document the new pcs-handle attribute to support connecting to an
external PHY. For Xilinx's AXI Ethernet, this is used when the core
operates in SGMII or 1000Base-X modes and links through the internal

Signed-off-by: Andy Chiu <>
Reviewed-by: Greentime Hu <>
 .../devicetree/bindings/net/ethernet-controller.yaml      | 6 ++++++
 Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/xilinx_axienet.txt  | 8 +++++++-
 2 files changed, 13 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/ethernet-controller.yaml b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/ethernet-controller.yaml
index 817794e56227..4f15463611f8 100644
--- a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/ethernet-controller.yaml
+++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/ethernet-controller.yaml
@@ -106,6 +106,12 @@ properties:
     $ref: "#/properties/phy-connection-type"
+  pcs-handle:
+    $ref: /schemas/types.yaml#/definitions/phandle
+    description:
+      Specifies a reference to a node representing a PCS PHY device on a MDIO
+      bus to link with an external PHY (phy-handle) if exists.
     $ref: /schemas/types.yaml#/definitions/phandle
diff --git a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/xilinx_axienet.txt b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/xilinx_axienet.txt
index b8e4894bc634..1aa4c6006cd0 100644
--- a/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/xilinx_axienet.txt
+++ b/Documentation/devicetree/bindings/net/xilinx_axienet.txt
@@ -26,7 +26,8 @@ Required properties:
 		  specified, the TX/RX DMA interrupts should be on that node
 		  instead, and only the Ethernet core interrupt is optionally
 		  specified here.
-- phy-handle	: Should point to the external phy device.
+- phy-handle	: Should point to the external phy device if exists. Pointing
+		  this to the PCS/PMA PHY is deprecated and should be avoided.
 		  See ethernet.txt file in the same directory.
 - xlnx,rxmem	: Set to allocated memory buffer for Rx/Tx in the hardware
@@ -68,6 +69,11 @@ Optional properties:
 		  required through the core's MDIO interface (i.e. always,
 		  unless the PHY is accessed through a different bus).
+ - pcs-handle: 	  Phandle to the internal PCS/PMA PHY in SGMII or 1000Base-X
+		  modes, where "pcs-handle" should be used to point
+		  to the PCS/PMA PHY, and "phy-handle" should point to an
+		  external PHY if exists.
 	axi_ethernet_eth: ethernet@...00000 {
 		compatible = "xlnx,axi-ethernet-1.00.a";

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