Monday, September 15, 2008

Adding Low Power modes in PXA - P1

For the windows ce project that we were working on had a lot of power states. As it was a PXA based board, with Mainstone III as the reference platform, we had to map these states to that of PXA.

The low power mode mappings were chosen as below:

  • POWER_STATE_SUSPEND - Sleep mode of PXA
  • POWER_STATE_OFF - Deep Sleep mode PXA
As you may have noticed in the Mainstone BSP's OAL code (the common soc code for pxa, i.e., WINCE600\PLATFORM\COMMON\SRC\SOC\PXA27X_MS_V1\OAL\POWER\off.c), the OemPowerOff Function uses the Deep Sleep mode of PXA. This function will be invoked from kernel when power manager issues a power off system.

Now with the new requirement for our software, we had to modify the existing OAL code and the power manager to add and map the new states to that of the PXA.

In this post I will walk you through on steps involved in adding a wakeup source in OAL.

We can splits the process in to two parts
  1. Mapping a SYSINTR value to the wakeup
  2. Adding the wakeup configuration specific to the processor
The detailed steps, I will explain in next post...