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== Introduction ==
Hardware modules that control pin multiplexing or configuration parameters
such as pull-up/down, tri-state, drive-strength etc are designated as pin
controllers. Each pin controller must be represented as a node in device tree,
just like any other hardware module.
Hardware modules whose signals are affected by pin configuration are
designated client devices. Again, each client device must be represented as a
node in device tree, just like any other hardware module.
For a client device to operate correctly, certain pin controllers must
set up certain specific pin configurations. Some client devices need a
single static pin configuration, e.g. set up during initialization. Others
need to reconfigure pins at run-time, for example to tri-state pins when the
device is inactive. Hence, each client device can define a set of named
states. The number and names of those states is defined by the client device's
own binding.
The common pinctrl bindings defined in this file provide an infrastructure
for client device device tree nodes to map those state names to the pin
configuration used by those states.
Note that pin controllers themselves may also be client devices of themselves.
For example, a pin controller may set up its own "active" state when the
driver loads. This would allow representing a board's static pin configuration
in a single place, rather than splitting it across multiple client device
nodes. The decision to do this or not somewhat rests with the author of
individual board device tree files, and any requirements imposed by the
bindings for the individual client devices in use by that board, i.e. whether
they require certain specific named states for dynamic pin configuration.
== Pinctrl client devices ==
For each client device individually, every pin state is assigned an integer
ID. These numbers start at 0, and are contiguous. For each state ID, a unique
property exists to define the pin configuration. Each state may also be
assigned a name. When names are used, another property exists to map from
those names to the integer IDs.
Each client device's own binding determines the set of states that must be
defined in its device tree node, and whether to define the set of state
IDs that must be provided, or whether to define the set of state names that
must be provided.
Required properties:
pinctrl-0: List of phandles, each pointing at a pin configuration
node. These referenced pin configuration nodes must be child
nodes of the pin controller that they configure. Multiple
entries may exist in this list so that multiple pin
controllers may be configured, or so that a state may be built
from multiple nodes for a single pin controller, each
contributing part of the overall configuration. See the next
section of this document for details of the format of these
pin configuration nodes.
In some cases, it may be useful to define a state, but for it
to be empty. This may be required when a common IP block is
used in an SoC either without a pin controller, or where the
pin controller does not affect the HW module in question. If
the binding for that IP block requires certain pin states to
exist, they must still be defined, but may be left empty.
Optional properties:
pinctrl-1: List of phandles, each pointing at a pin configuration
node within a pin controller.
pinctrl-n: List of phandles, each pointing at a pin configuration
node within a pin controller.
pinctrl-names: The list of names to assign states. List entry 0 defines the
name for integer state ID 0, list entry 1 for state ID 1, and
so on.
List of phandles, each pointing at a GPIO which is used by some
board design to steer pins between two peripherals on the board.
It plays like a board level pin multiplexer to choose different
functions for given pins by pulling up/down the GPIOs. See
bindings/gpio/gpio.txt for details of how to specify GPIO.
For example:
/* For a client device requiring named states */
device {
pinctrl-names = "active", "idle";
pinctrl-0 = <&state_0_node_a>;
pinctrl-1 = <&state_1_node_a &state_1_node_b>;
/* For the same device if using state IDs */
device {
pinctrl-0 = <&state_0_node_a>;
pinctrl-1 = <&state_1_node_a &state_1_node_b>;
* For an IP block whose binding supports pin configuration,
* but in use on an SoC that doesn't have any pin control hardware
device {
pinctrl-names = "active", "idle";
pinctrl-0 = <>;
pinctrl-1 = <>;
== Pin controller devices ==
Pin controller devices should contain the pin configuration nodes that client
devices reference.
For example:
pincontroller {
... /* Standard DT properties for the device itself elided */
state_0_node_a {
state_1_node_a {
state_1_node_b {
The contents of each of those pin configuration child nodes is defined
entirely by the binding for the individual pin controller device. There
exists no common standard for this content.
The pin configuration nodes need not be direct children of the pin controller
device; they may be grandchildren, for example. Whether this is legal, and
whether there is any interaction between the child and intermediate parent
nodes, is again defined entirely by the binding for the individual pin
controller device.
== Generic pin multiplexing node content ==
pin multiplexing nodes:
function - the mux function to select
groups - the list of groups to select with this function
(either this or "pins" must be specified)
pins - the list of pins to select with this function (either
this or "groups" must be specified)
state_0_node_a {
uart0 {
function = "uart0";
groups = "u0rxtx", "u0rtscts";
state_1_node_a {
spi0 {
function = "spi0";
groups = "spi0pins";
state_2_node_a {
function = "i2c0";
pins = "mfio29", "mfio30";
== Generic pin configuration node content ==
Many data items that are represented in a pin configuration node are common
and generic. Pin control bindings should use the properties defined below
where they are applicable; not all of these properties are relevant or useful
for all hardware or binding structures. Each individual binding document
should state which of these generic properties, if any, are used, and the
structure of the DT nodes that contain these properties.
Supported generic properties are:
pins - the list of pins that properties in the node
apply to (either this or "group" has to be
group - the group to apply the properties to, if the driver
supports configuration of whole groups rather than
individual pins (either this or "pins" has to be
bias-disable - disable any pin bias
bias-high-impedance - high impedance mode ("third-state", "floating")
bias-bus-hold - latch weakly
bias-pull-up - pull up the pin
bias-pull-down - pull down the pin
bias-pull-pin-default - use pin-default pull state
drive-push-pull - drive actively high and low
drive-open-drain - drive with open drain
drive-open-source - drive with open source
drive-strength - sink or source at most X mA
input-enable - enable input on pin (no effect on output)
input-disable - disable input on pin (no effect on output)
input-schmitt-enable - enable schmitt-trigger mode
input-schmitt-disable - disable schmitt-trigger mode
input-debounce - debounce mode with debound time X
power-source - select between different power supplies
low-power-enable - enable low power mode
low-power-disable - disable low power mode
output-low - set the pin to output mode with low level
output-high - set the pin to output mode with high level
slew-rate - set the slew rate
For example:
state_0_node_a {
cts_rxd {
pins = "GPIO0_AJ5", "GPIO2_AH4"; /* CTS+RXD */
state_1_node_a {
rts_txd {
pins = "GPIO1_AJ3", "GPIO3_AH3"; /* RTS+TXD */
state_2_node_a {
foo {
group = "foo-group";
Some of the generic properties take arguments. For those that do, the
arguments are described below.
- pins takes a list of pin names or IDs as a required argument. The specific
binding for the hardware defines:
- Whether the entries are integers or strings, and their meaning.
- bias-pull-up, -down and -pin-default take as optional argument on hardware
supporting it the pull strength in Ohm. bias-disable will disable the pull.
- drive-strength takes as argument the target strength in mA.
- input-debounce takes the debounce time in usec as argument
or 0 to disable debouncing
More in-depth documentation on these parameters can be found in