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PCMCIA, pcmcia_function_init, pcmcia_function_enable,
pcmcia_function_disable, pcmcia_io_alloc, pcmcia_io_free, pcmcia_io_map,
pcmcia_io_unmap, pcmcia_mem_alloc, pcmcia_mem_free, pcmcia_mem_map,
pcmcia_mem_unmap, pcmcia_intr_establish, pcmcia_intr_disestablish,
pcmcia_cis_read_1, pcmcia_cis_read_2, pcmcia_cis_read_3,
pcmcia_cis_read_4, pcmcia_cis_read_n, pcmcia_scan_cis -- support for PCM-
CIA PC-Card devices
pcmcia_function_init(struct pcmcia_function *pf,
struct pcmcia_config_entry *cfe);
pcmcia_function_enable(struct pcmcia_function *pf);
pcmcia_function_disable(struct pcmcia_function *pf);
pcmcia_io_alloc(struct pcmcia_function *pf, bus_addr_t start,
bus_size_t size, bus_size_t align, struct pcmcia_io_handle *pciop);
pcmcia_io_free(struct pcmcia_function *pf,
struct pcmcia_io_handle *pcihp);
pcmcia_io_map(struct pcmcia_function *pf, int width,
struct pcmcia_io_handle *pcihp, int *windowp);
pcmcia_io_unmap(struct pcmcia_function *pf, int window);
pcmcia_mem_alloc(struct pcmcia_function *pf, bus_size_t size,
struct pcmcia_mem_handle *pcmhp);
pcmcia_mem_free(struct pcmcia_function *pf,
struct pcmcia_mem_handle *pcmhp);
pcmcia_mem_map(struct pcmcia_function *pf, int width,
bus_addr_t card_addr, bus_size_t size,
struct pcmcia_mem_handle *pcmhp, bus_size_t *offsetp, int *windowp);
pcmcia_mem_unmap(struct pcmcia_function *pf, int window);
pcmcia_intr_establish(struct pcmcia_function *pf, int level,
int (*handler)(void *), void *arg);
pcmcia_intr_disestablish(struct pcmcia_function *pf, void *ih);
pcmcia_cis_read_1(struct pcmcia_tuple *tuple, int index);
pcmcia_cis_read_2(struct pcmcia_tuple *tuple, int index);
pcmcia_cis_read_3(struct pcmcia_tuple *tuple, int index);
pcmcia_cis_read_4(struct pcmcia_tuple *tuple, int index);
pcmcia_cis_read_n(struct pcmcia_tuple *tuple, int number, int index);
pcmcia_scan_cis(struct device *dev,
int (*func)(struct pcmcia_tuple *, void *), void *arg);
The machine-independent PCMCIA subsystem provides support for PC-Card
devices defined by the Personal Computer Memory Card International Asso-
ciation (PCMCIA). The PCMCIA bus supports insertion and removal of cards
while a system is powered-on (ie, dynamic reconfiguration). The socket
must be powered-off when a card is not present. To the user, this
appears as though the socket is "hot" during insertion and removal
A PCMCIA controller interfaces the PCMCIA bus with the ISA or PCI busses
on the host system. The controller is responsible for detecting and
enabling devices and for allocating and mapping resources such as memory
and interrupts to devices on the PCMCIA bus.
Each device has a table called the Card Information Structure (CIS) which
contains configuration information. The tuples in the CIS are used by
the controller to uniquely identify the device. Additional information
may be present in the CIS, such as the ethernet MAC address, that can be
accessed and used within a device driver.
Devices on the PCMCIA bus are uniquely identified by a 32-bit manufac-
turer ID and a 32-bit product ID. Additionally, devices can perform mul-
tiple functions (such as ethernet and modem) and these functions are
identified by a function ID.
PCMCIA devices do not support DMA, however memory on the device can be
mapped into the address space of the host.
Drivers attached to the PCMCIA bus will make use of the following data
Devices (cards) have their identity recorded in this structure.
It contains the following members:
SIMPLEQ_HEAD(, pcmcia_function) pf_head;
Identifies the function of the devices. A device can have mul-
tiple functions. Consider it an opaque type for identifying a
particular function of a device.
Contains information about the resources requested by the
device. It contains the following members:
A handle for identifying an entry in the CIS.
A handle for mapping and allocating I/O address spaces. It con-
tains the tag and handle for accessing the bus-space.
A handle for mapping and allocating memory address spaces. It
contains the tag and handle for accessing the bus-space.
A structure used to inform the driver of the device properties.
It contains the following members:
struct pcmcia_card *card;
struct pcmcia_function *pf;
Initialise the machine-independent PCMCIA state with the config
Provide power to the socket containing the device specified by
device function pf.
Remove power from the socket containing the device specified by
device function pf.
pcmcia_io_alloc(pf, start, size, align, pciop)
Request I/O space for device function pf at address start of
size size. Alignment is specified by align. A handle for the
I/O space is returned in pciop.
Release I/O space with handle pcihp for device function pf.
pcmcia_io_map(pf, width, pcihp, windowp)
Map device I/O for device function pf to the I/O space with han-
dle pcihp. The width of data access is specified by width.
Valid values for the width are:
PCMCIA_WIDTH_AUTO Use the largest I/O width reported by the
PCMCIA_WIDTH_IO8 Force 8-bit I/O width.
PCMCIA_WIDTH_IO16 Force 16-bit I/O width.
A handle for the mapped I/O window is returned in windowp.
Unmap the I/O window window for device function pf.
pcmcia_mem_alloc(pf, size, pcmhp)
Request memory space for device function pf of size size. A
handle for the memory space is returned in pcmhp.
Release memory space with handle pcmhp for device function pf.
pcmcia_mem_map(pf, width, card_addr, size, pcmhp, offsetp, windowp)
Map device memory for device function pf to the memory space
with handle pcmhp. The address of the device memory starts at
card_addr and is size size. The width of data access is speci-
fied by width. Valid values for the width are:
PCMCIA_WIDTH_MEM8 Force 8-bit memory width.
PCMCIA_WIDTH_MEM16 Force 16-bit memory width.
A handle for the mapped memory window is returned in windowp and
a bus-space offset into the memory window is returned in
Unmap the memory window window for device function pf.
pcmcia_intr_establish(pf, level, handler, arg)
Establish an interrupt handler for device function pf. The pri-
ority of the interrupt is specified by level. When the inter-
rupt occurs the function handler is called with argument arg.
The return value is a handle for the interrupt handler.
pcmcia_intr_establish() returns an opaque handle to an event
descriptor if it succeeds, and returns NULL on failure.
Dis-establish the interrupt handler for device function pf with
handle ih. The handle was returned from
Read one byte from tuple tuple at index index in the CIS.
Read two bytes from tuple tuple at index index in the CIS.
Read three bytes from tuple tuple at index index in the CIS.
Read four bytes from tuple tuple at index index in the CIS.
pcmcia_cis_read_n(tuple, number, index)
Read n bytes from tuple tuple at index index in the CIS.
pcmcia_scan_cis(dev, func, arg)
Scan the CIS for device dev. For each tuple in the CIS, func-
tion func is called with the tuple and the argument arg. func
should return 0 if the tuple it was called with is the one it
was looking for, or 1 otherwise.
During autoconfiguration, a PCMCIA driver will receive a pointer to
struct pcmcia_attach_args describing the device attached to the PCMCIA
bus. Drivers match the device using the manufacturer and product mem-
During the driver attach step, drivers will use the pcmcia function pf.
The driver should traverse the list of config entries searching for a
useful configuration. This config entry is passed to
pcmcia_function_init() to initialise the machine-independent interface.
I/O and memory resources should be initialised using pcmcia_io_alloc()
and pcmcia_mem_alloc() using the specified resources in the config entry.
These resources can then be mapped into processor bus space using
pcmcia_io_map() and pcmcia_mem_map() respectively. Upon successful allo-
cation of resources, power can be applied to the device with
pcmcia_function_enable() so that device-specific interrogation can be
performed. Finally, power should be removed from the device using
Since PCMCIA devices support dynamic configuration, drivers should make
use of pmf(9) framework. Power can be applied and the interrupt handler
should be established through this interface.
PCMCIA devices do not support DMA.
The PCMCIA subsystem itself is implemented within the file
sys/dev/pcmcia/pcmcia.c. The database of known devices exists within the
file sys/dev/pcmcia/pcmciadevs_data.h and is generated automatically from
the file sys/dev/pcmcia/pcmciadevs. New manufacturer and product identi-
fiers should be added to this file. The database can be regenerated
using the Makefile sys/dev/pcmcia/Makefile.pcmciadevs.
pcic(4), pcmcia(4), tcic(4), autoconf(9), bus_dma(9), bus_space(9),
Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA), PC Card
95 Standard, 1995.
The machine-independent PCMCIA subsystem appeared in NetBSD 1.3.
NetBSD 9.0 April 15, 2010 NetBSD 9.0