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From: Pavel Machek <pavel@ucw.cz>
To: Chris Packham <Chris.Packham@alliedtelesis.co.nz>
Cc: "x86@kernel.org" <x86@kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: Dealing with custom hardware on x86
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2021 22:40:28 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20211208214028.GA16475@duo.ucw.cz> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <b6924a00-873d-715f-2f00-93ee19032ecd@alliedtelesis.co.nz>

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On Wed 2021-11-24 20:22:38, Chris Packham wrote:
> Hi Pavel,
> 
> Thanks for responding
> 
> On 24/11/21 11:47 pm, Pavel Machek wrote:
> > Hi!
> >
> >> I'm about to start a project involving custom hardware using an x86 CPU.
> >> Complicating things somewhat we will have a CPU board supplied by a 3rd
> >> party vendor using a COM Express type 7 connector which will plug in to
> >> the board we're designing (actually 2 different boards each with some
> >> modular aspects) .
> >>
> >> Coming from an embedded (mostly ARM) background I'm used to describing
> >> the hardware via a devicetree and dealing with plug-in modules by
> >> loading devicetree overlays. How do people achieve this kind of thing on
> >> x86?
> >>
> >> I gather ACPI is involved somewhere but the knowledge that the BIOS has
> >> will go as far as the COM Express header and somehow we'll have to tell
> >> the kernel about the various non-probeable (mostly i2c) devices on our
> >> board which is kind of where I'm stuck. Any pointers would be greatly
> >> appreciated.
> > In x86 land, we usually use PCI/PCIE and have a add-on board expose
> > unique IDs with driver knowing what the IDs are. ACPI should not be
> > involved for add-on boards.
> 
> So if I had a chain of i2c devices (endpoints behind muxes etc) I'd have 
> the PCI add-on board declare that hierarchy with i2c_new_device()?

That sounds reasonable, yes.
									Pavel

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      reply	other threads:[~2021-12-08 21:40 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-11-10  3:02 Chris Packham
2021-11-24 10:47 ` Pavel Machek
2021-11-24 20:22   ` Chris Packham
2021-12-08 21:40     ` Pavel Machek [this message]

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