Commit 6ccb4101 authored by Simon Glass's avatar Simon Glass Committed by Heiko Schocher

dm: Add timeline and guide for porting I2C drivers

Add a README with a brief guide to porting i2c drivers over to use driver

Add a timeline also. All I2C drivers should be converted by the end
of June 2017.
Signed-off-by: 's avatarSimon Glass <>
Acked-by: 's avatarHeiko Schocher <>
parent 28527096
How to port a serial driver to driver model
Over half of the I2C drivers have been converted as at November 2016. These
ones remain:
The deadline for this work is the end of June 2017. If no one steps
forward to convert these, at some point there may come a patch to remove them!
Here is a suggested approach for converting your I2C driver over to driver
model. Please feel free to update this file with your ideas and suggestions.
- #ifdef out all your own I2C driver code (#ifndef CONFIG_DM_I2C)
- Define CONFIG_DM_I2C for your board, vendor or architecture
- If the board does not already use driver model, you need CONFIG_DM also
- Your board should then build, but will not work fully since there will be
no I2C driver
- Add the U_BOOT_DRIVER piece at the end (e.g. copy tegra_i2c.c for example)
- Add a private struct for the driver data - avoid using static variables
- Implement each of the driver methods, perhaps by calling your old methods
- You may need to adjust the function parameters so that the old and new
implementations can share most of the existing code
- If you convert all existing users of the driver, remove the pre-driver-model
In terms of patches a conversion series typically has these patches:
- clean up / prepare the driver for conversion
- add driver model code
- convert at least one existing board to use driver model serial
- (if no boards remain that don't use driver model) remove the old code
This may be a good time to move your board to use device tree also. Mostly
this involves these steps:
- add your device tree files to arch/<arch>/dts
- update the Makefile there
- Add stdout-path to your /chosen device tree node if it is not already there
- build and get u-boot-dtb.bin so you can test it
- Your drivers can now use device tree
- For device tree in SPL, define CONFIG_SPL_OF_CONTROL
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