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authorLinus Torvalds <torvalds@ppc970.osdl.org>2005-04-16 15:20:36 -0700
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+Notes on Universal Interface for Intel High Definition Audio Codec
+Takashi Iwai <tiwai@suse.de>
+[Still a draft version]
+The snd-hda-codec module supports the generic access function for the
+High Definition (HD) audio codecs. It's designed to be independent
+from the controller code like ac97 codec module. The real accessors
+from/to the controller must be implemented in the lowlevel driver.
+The structure of this module is similar with ac97_codec module.
+Each codec chip belongs to a bus class which communicates with the
+Initialization of Bus Instance
+The card driver has to create struct hda_bus at first. The template
+struct should be filled and passed to the constructor:
+struct hda_bus_template {
+ void *private_data;
+ struct pci_dev *pci;
+ const char *modelname;
+ struct hda_bus_ops ops;
+The card driver can set and use the private_data field to retrieve its
+own data in callback functions. The pci field is used when the patch
+needs to check the PCI subsystem IDs, so on. For non-PCI system, it
+doesn't have to be set, of course.
+The modelname field specifies the board's specific configuration. The
+string is passed to the codec parser, and it depends on the parser how
+the string is used.
+These fields, private_data, pci and modelname are all optional.
+The ops field contains the callback functions as the following:
+struct hda_bus_ops {
+ int (*command)(struct hda_codec *codec, hda_nid_t nid, int direct,
+ unsigned int verb, unsigned int parm);
+ unsigned int (*get_response)(struct hda_codec *codec);
+ void (*private_free)(struct hda_bus *);
+The command callback is called when the codec module needs to send a
+VERB to the controller. It's always a single command.
+The get_response callback is called when the codec requires the answer
+for the last command. These two callbacks are mandatory and have to
+be given.
+The last, private_free callback, is optional. It's called in the
+destructor to release any necessary data in the lowlevel driver.
+The bus instance is created via snd_hda_bus_new(). You need to pass
+the card instance, the template, and the pointer to store the
+resultant bus instance.
+int snd_hda_bus_new(snd_card_t *card, const struct hda_bus_template *temp,
+ struct hda_bus **busp);
+It returns zero if successful. A negative return value means any
+error during creation.
+Creation of Codec Instance
+Each codec chip on the board is then created on the BUS instance.
+To create a codec instance, call snd_hda_codec_new().
+int snd_hda_codec_new(struct hda_bus *bus, unsigned int codec_addr,
+ struct hda_codec **codecp);
+The first argument is the BUS instance, the second argument is the
+address of the codec, and the last one is the pointer to store the
+resultant codec instance (can be NULL if not needed).
+The codec is stored in a linked list of bus instance. You can follow
+the codec list like:
+ struct list_head *p;
+ struct hda_codec *codec;
+ list_for_each(p, &bus->codec_list) {
+ codec = list_entry(p, struct hda_codec, list);
+ ...
+ }
+The codec isn't initialized at this stage properly. The
+initialization sequence is called when the controls are built later.
+Codec Access
+To access codec, use snd_codec_read() and snd_codec_write().
+snd_hda_param_read() is for reading parameters.
+For writing a sequence of verbs, use snd_hda_sequence_write().
+To retrieve the number of sub nodes connected to the given node, use
+snd_hda_get_sub_nodes(). The connection list can be obtained via
+snd_hda_get_connections() call.
+When an unsolicited event happens, pass the event via
+snd_hda_queue_unsol_event() so that the codec routines will process it
+(Mixer) Controls
+To create mixer controls of all codecs, call
+snd_hda_build_controls(). It then builds the mixers and does
+initialization stuff on each codec.
+PCM Stuff
+snd_hda_build_pcms() gives the necessary information to create PCM
+streams. When it's called, each codec belonging to the bus stores
+codec->num_pcms and codec->pcm_info fields. The num_pcms indicates
+the number of elements in pcm_info array. The card driver is supposed
+to traverse the codec linked list, read the pcm information in
+pcm_info array, and build pcm instances according to them.
+The pcm_info array contains the following record:
+/* PCM information for each substream */
+struct hda_pcm_stream {
+ unsigned int substreams; /* number of substreams, 0 = not exist */
+ unsigned int channels_min; /* min. number of channels */
+ unsigned int channels_max; /* max. number of channels */
+ hda_nid_t nid; /* default NID to query rates/formats/bps, or set up */
+ u32 rates; /* supported rates */
+ u64 formats; /* supported formats (SNDRV_PCM_FMTBIT_) */
+ unsigned int maxbps; /* supported max. bit per sample */
+ struct hda_pcm_ops ops;
+/* for PCM creation */
+struct hda_pcm {
+ char *name;
+ struct hda_pcm_stream stream[2];
+The name can be passed to snd_pcm_new(). The stream field contains
+the information for playback (SNDRV_PCM_STREAM_PLAYBACK = 0) and
+capture (SNDRV_PCM_STREAM_CAPTURE = 1) directions. The card driver
+should pass substreams to snd_pcm_new() for the number of substreams
+to create.
+The channels_min, channels_max, rates and formats should be copied to
+runtime->hw record. They and maxbps fields are used also to compute
+the format value for the HDA codec and controller. Call
+snd_hda_calc_stream_format() to get the format value.
+The ops field contains the following callback functions:
+struct hda_pcm_ops {
+ int (*open)(struct hda_pcm_stream *info, struct hda_codec *codec,
+ snd_pcm_substream_t *substream);
+ int (*close)(struct hda_pcm_stream *info, struct hda_codec *codec,
+ snd_pcm_substream_t *substream);
+ int (*prepare)(struct hda_pcm_stream *info, struct hda_codec *codec,
+ unsigned int stream_tag, unsigned int format,
+ snd_pcm_substream_t *substream);
+ int (*cleanup)(struct hda_pcm_stream *info, struct hda_codec *codec,
+ snd_pcm_substream_t *substream);
+All are non-NULL, so you can call them safely without NULL check.
+The open callback should be called in PCM open after runtime->hw is
+set up. It may override some setting and constraints additionally.
+Similarly, the close callback should be called in the PCM close.
+The prepare callback should be called in PCM prepare. This will set
+up the codec chip properly for the operation. The cleanup should be
+called in hw_free to clean up the configuration.
+The caller should check the return value, at least for open and
+prepare callbacks. When a negative value is returned, some error
+Proc Files
+Each codec dumps the widget node information in
+/proc/asound/card*/codec#* file. This information would be really
+helpful for debugging. Please provide its contents together with the
+bug report.
+Power Management
+It's simple:
+Call snd_hda_suspend() in the PM suspend callback.
+Call snd_hda_resume() in the PM resume callback.
+Codec Preset (Patch)
+To set up and handle the codec functionality fully, each codec may
+have a codec preset (patch). It's defined in struct hda_codec_preset:
+ struct hda_codec_preset {
+ unsigned int id;
+ unsigned int mask;
+ unsigned int subs;
+ unsigned int subs_mask;
+ unsigned int rev;
+ const char *name;
+ int (*patch)(struct hda_codec *codec);
+ };
+When the codec id and codec subsystem id match with the given id and
+subs fields bitwise (with bitmask mask and subs_mask), the callback
+patch is called. The patch callback should initialize the codec and
+set the codec->patch_ops field. This is defined as below:
+ struct hda_codec_ops {
+ int (*build_controls)(struct hda_codec *codec);
+ int (*build_pcms)(struct hda_codec *codec);
+ int (*init)(struct hda_codec *codec);
+ void (*free)(struct hda_codec *codec);
+ void (*unsol_event)(struct hda_codec *codec, unsigned int res);
+ #ifdef CONFIG_PM
+ int (*suspend)(struct hda_codec *codec, pm_message_t state);
+ int (*resume)(struct hda_codec *codec);
+ #endif
+ };
+The build_controls callback is called from snd_hda_build_controls().
+Similarly, the build_pcms callback is called from
+snd_hda_build_pcms(). The init callback is called after
+build_controls to initialize the hardware.
+The free callback is called as a destructor.
+The unsol_event callback is called when an unsolicited event is
+The suspend and resume callbacks are for power management.
+Each entry can be NULL if not necessary to be called.
+Generic Parser
+When the device doesn't match with any given presets, the widgets are
+parsed via th generic parser (hda_generic.c). Its support is
+limited: no multi-channel support, for example.
+Digital I/O
+Call snd_hda_create_spdif_out_ctls() from the patch to create controls
+related with SPDIF out. In the patch resume callback, call
+Helper Functions
+snd_hda_get_codec_name() stores the codec name on the given string.
+snd_hda_check_board_config() can be used to obtain the configuration
+information matching with the device. Define the table with struct
+hda_board_config entries (zero-terminated), and pass it to the
+function. The function checks the modelname given as a module
+parameter, and PCI subsystem IDs. If the matching entry is found, it
+returns the config field value.
+snd_hda_add_new_ctls() can be used to create and add control entries.
+Pass the zero-terminated array of snd_kcontrol_new_t. The same array
+can be passed to snd_hda_resume_ctls() for resume.
+Note that this will call control->put callback of these entries. So,
+put callback should check codec->in_resume and force to restore the
+given value if it's non-zero even if the value is identical with the
+cached value.
+Macros HDA_CODEC_VOLUME(), HDA_CODEC_MUTE() and their variables can be
+used for the entry of snd_kcontrol_new_t.
+The input MUX helper callbacks for such a control are provided, too:
+snd_hda_input_mux_info() and snd_hda_input_mux_put(). See
+patch_realtek.c for example.