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pseudo 32 bit physical addresses and the real 36 bit world

Subject: pseudo 32 bit physical addresses and the real 36 bit world
From: Freddy Spierenburg <>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 17:58:04 +0200
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The AU1100 processor uses internally a 36-bit address bus. The
kernel (32 bits) is only able to work with 32-bit addresses.
Well, there must exist some sort of scheme for the kernel to work
with these 36-bit addresses, but I don't quiet get it yet. Is
anybody willing to give me some insight?

I'm looking at the pcmcia implementation at this moment and I
don't get it. If I look at drivers/pcmcia/au1000_generic.h I see
AU1X_SOCK0_IO defines as 0xF00000000 (note the 36 bit length).
This one is used in drivers/pcmcia/au1000_generic.c
au1x00_pcmcia_socket_probe() where it get cast to phys_t. phys_t
is a typedef from include/asm-mips/types.h as an unsigned long.
Of course the compiler warns us during compilation of

drivers/pcmcia/au1000_generic.c:403: warning: integer constant is too large for 
"long" type
drivers/pcmcia/au1000_generic.c:406: warning: integer constant is too large for 
"long" type
drivers/pcmcia/au1000_generic.c:414: warning: integer constant is too large for 
"long" type

And this is where I'm sort of lost. How can this scheme work? I
must be missing something, but I don't understand it. I expect
from reading the au1100 databook and 'See MIPS Run (chapter 6)
that the TLB is involved, but I'm not yet able to link it

I also expect more is happening with the
not that I can find any clue how this appears to work.

To end this email into a happy end I shall also explain what I
really want to do. We've built our own computer using the AU1100
processor. We've connected two SC16C652 dual UART's, one to RCS2
and one to RCS3. Now I want to map those UARTS at AE000000 and
AE040000. I've configured the mem_stcfg[23], mem_sttime[23] and
mem_staddr[23] registers in yamon:

  #define MEM_STCFG[23]   0x00000001
  #define MEM_STTIME[23]  0x03FFC7C7
  #define MEM_STADDR2     0x1AE03FFF
  #define MEM_STADDR3     0x1AE07FFF

But after that I'm sort of lost in the dark. What should I do
inside the kernel so that when I refer to AE000000 in my driver
the processor triggers chip select 2 (RCS2)?

Any hints would be appreciated.

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