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From: Christopher Heiny <cheiny <at> synaptics.com>
Subject: [PATCH 0/3] input/touchscreen: Synaptics RMI4 Touchscreen Driver
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.kernel.input
Date: Wednesday 30th March 2011 00:50:46 UTC (over 6 years ago)
This patch implements a driver supporting Synaptics ClearPad and other
touchscreens that use the RMI4 protocol, as defined here:


This patch is against the v2.6.38 tag of Linus' kernel tree, commit
521cb40b0c44418a4fd36dc633f575813d59a43d.  Note that previous patches
were against the synaptics-rmi4 branch of Dmitry Torokhov's input
tree.  At Dmitry's request, we have switched the base for our work
to v2.6.38 - this should make it easier for people to pick up and
test this and future patches.

I2C functionality was previously ACK'ed by Jean Delvare on 2010/05/29.

SPI code is included, but not ready for prime time yet.

This patch completely supersedes the previous patch of 2011/03/01.  In
to benefitting from more thorough review and testing, this version of the
driver includes the following:
    - preliminary implementation of rmi_f11 relative motion support

    - support for RMI4 Function 19 (capacitive buttons)
    - fixes for a kernel panic in rmi_f34.c configuration
    - additional sysfs parameters, particularly for rmi_f11 (2D pointing)
    - major restructuring of platformdata to (hopefully) simplify its
      use while also allowing more operating parameters to be specified
      via the platformdata.
    - deletion of more legacy code and behavior

This patch supports a system having one or more RMI sensors attached to it.
Most devices have just a single touch sensor, but some have more than one.
An example is the Fuse concept phone, which has 4 RMI sensors in it).
Each sensor implements a number of RMI4 functions, which are best
as devices on the bus.

The patch is divide into three parts:

    1/3 - the core of the driver, implementing the logical rmi_bus and 
    	  access to the physical bus (rmi_i2c and rmi_spi).
    2/3 - the sensor and function implementation.
    3/3 - Makefile and Kconfig

The driver core manages the sensors on a device via the rmi bus
handles interfunction communications (mostly IRQ notifications from F01 to
other functions), and proxies register read/write requests to the
physical layer for a given sensor.

Individual sensors are presented on the bus as
/sys/bus/rmi/devices/sensor01/, and so on.
Functions for each sensor are presented as devices next to that sensor, for
example /sys/bus/rmi/devices/sensor00f01, /sys/bus/rmi/devices/sensor00f11,
and so on.
Sensor driver instances are attached to the bus using the kernel device
mechanism.  A future release will do the same for function driver
but for now we use an ad hoc mechanism to match functions to sensors.

We chose this approach because almost all RMI4 functions are independent
of one another.  The sole exception is F01, and its primary interaction
with other functions is to notify them of the need to read or write data
from or to the sensor.  In the long term, this will allow 3rd parties to
implement additional RMI functions in a modular fashion, without having
to modify the core driver implementation or the implementation of unrelated

Comments and other feedback on this driver are welcomed.

Bill Manson
Allie Xiong
Christopher Heiny

Cc: Jean Delvare 
Cc: Linus Walleij 
Cc: Naveen Kumar Gaddipati 
Cc: Joeri de Gram <[email protected]>

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