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AHC(4)			 BSD Kernel Interfaces Manual			AHC(4)

     ahc -- Adaptec VL/EISA/PCI	SCSI host adapter driver

     To	compile	this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your
     kernel configuration file:

	   device scbus
	   device ahc

	   For one or more VL/EISA cards:
	   device eisa

	   For one or more PCI cards:
	   device pci

	   To allow PCI	adapters to use	memory mapped I/O if enabled:
	   options AHC_ALLOW_MEMIO

	   To configure	one or more controllers	to assume the target role:
	   options AHC_TMODE_ENABLE <bitmask of	units>

     Alternatively, to load the	driver as a module at boot time, place the
     following lines in	loader.conf(5):


     This driver provides access to the	SCSI bus(es) connected to the Adaptec
     AIC77xx and AIC78xx host adapter chips.

     Driver features include support for twin and wide busses, fast, ultra or
     ultra2 synchronous	transfers depending on controller type,	tagged queue-
     ing, SCB paging, and target mode.

     Memory mapped I/O can be enabled for PCI devices with the
     "AHC_ALLOW_MEMIO" configuration option.  Memory mapped I/O	is more	effi-
     cient than	the alternative, programmed I/O.  Most PCI BIOSes will map de-
     vices so that either technique for	communicating with the card is avail-
     able.  In some cases, usually when	the PCI	device is sitting behind a
     PCI->PCI bridge, the BIOS may fail	to properly initialize the chip	for
     memory mapped I/O.	 The typical symptom of	this problem is	a system hang
     if	memory mapped I/O is attempted.	 Most modern motherboards perform the
     initialization correctly and work fine with this option enabled.

     Individual	controllers may	be configured to operate in the	target role
     through the "AHC_TMODE_ENABLE" configuration option.  The value assigned
     to	this option should be a	bitmap of all units where target mode is de-
     sired.  For example, a value of 0x25, would enable	target mode on units
     0,	2, and 5.  A value of 0x8a enables it for units	1, 3, and 7.

     Per target	configuration performed	in the SCSI-Select menu, accessible at
     boot in non-EISA models, or through an EISA configuration utility for
     EISA models, is honored by	this driver.  This includes synchronous/asyn-
     chronous transfers, maximum synchronous negotiation rate, wide transfers,
     disconnection, the	host adapter's SCSI ID,	and, in	the case of EISA Twin
     Channel controllers, the primary channel selection.  For systems that
     store non-volatile	settings in a system specific manner rather than a se-
     rial eeprom directly connected to the aic7xxx controller, the BIOS	must
     be	enabled	for the	driver to access this information.  This restriction
     applies to	all EISA and many motherboard configurations.

     Note that I/O addresses are determined automatically by the probe rou-
     tines, but	care should be taken when using	a 284x (VESA local bus
     controller) in an EISA system.  The jumpers setting the I/O area for the
     284x should match the EISA	slot into which	the card is inserted to	pre-
     vent conflicts with other EISA cards.

     Performance and feature sets vary throughout the aic7xxx product line.
     The following table provides a comparison of the different	chips sup-
     ported by the ahc driver.	Note that wide and twin	channel	features, al-
     though always supported by	a particular chip, may be disabled in a	par-
     ticular motherboard or card design.

	   Chip	      MIPS    Bus      MaxSync	 MaxWidth  SCBs	 Features
	   aic7770     10    EISA/VL	10MHz	  16Bit	    4	 1
	   aic7850     10    PCI/32	10MHz	   8Bit	    3
	   aic7860     10    PCI/32	20MHz	   8Bit	    3
	   aic7870     10    PCI/32	10MHz	  16Bit	   16
	   aic7880     10    PCI/32	20MHz	  16Bit	   16
	   aic7890     20    PCI/32	40MHz	  16Bit	   16	     3 4 5 6 7 8
	   aic7891     20    PCI/64	40MHz	  16Bit	   16	     3 4 5 6 7 8
	   aic7892     20    PCI/64	80MHz	  16Bit	   16	     3 4 5 6 7 8
	   aic7895     15    PCI/32	20MHz	  16Bit	   16	   2 3 4 5
	   aic7895C    15    PCI/32	20MHz	  16Bit	   16	   2 3 4 5     8
	   aic7896     20    PCI/32	40MHz	  16Bit	   16	   2 3 4 5 6 7 8
	   aic7897     20    PCI/64	40MHz	  16Bit	   16	   2 3 4 5 6 7 8
	   aic7899     20    PCI/64	80MHz	  16Bit	   16	   2 3 4 5 6 7 8

	   1.	Multiplexed Twin Channel Device	- One controller servicing two
	   2.	Multi-function Twin Channel Device - Two controllers on	one
	   3.	Command	Channel	Secondary DMA Engine - Allows scatter gather
		list and SCB prefetch.
	   4.	64 Byte	SCB Support - SCSI CDB is embedded in the SCB to elim-
		inate an extra DMA.
	   5.	Block Move Instruction Support - Doubles the speed of certain
		sequencer operations.
	   6.	`Bayonet' style	Scatter	Gather Engine -	Improves S/G prefetch
	   7.	Queuing	Registers - Allows queueing of new transactions	with-
		out pausing the	sequencer.
	   8.	Multiple Target	IDs - Allows the controller to respond to se-
		lection	as a target on multiple	SCSI IDs.

     The ahc driver supports the following SCSI	host adapter chips and SCSI
     controller	cards:

     o	 Adaptec AIC7770 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec AIC7850 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec AIC7860 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec AIC7870 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec AIC7880 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec AIC7890 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec AIC7891 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec AIC7892 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec AIC7895 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec AIC7896 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec AIC7897 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec AIC7899 host adapter chip
     o	 Adaptec 274X(W)
     o	 Adaptec 274X(T)
     o	 Adaptec 284X
     o	 Adaptec 2910
     o	 Adaptec 2915
     o	 Adaptec 2920C
     o	 Adaptec 2930C
     o	 Adaptec 2930U2
     o	 Adaptec 2940
     o	 Adaptec 2940J
     o	 Adaptec 2940N
     o	 Adaptec 2940U
     o	 Adaptec 2940AU
     o	 Adaptec 2940UW
     o	 Adaptec 2940UW	Dual
     o	 Adaptec 2940UW	Pro
     o	 Adaptec 2940U2W
     o	 Adaptec 2940U2B
     o	 Adaptec 2950U2W
     o	 Adaptec 2950U2B
     o	 Adaptec 19160B
     o	 Adaptec 29160B
     o	 Adaptec 29160N
     o	 Adaptec 3940
     o	 Adaptec 3940U
     o	 Adaptec 3940AU
     o	 Adaptec 3940UW
     o	 Adaptec 3940AUW
     o	 Adaptec 3940U2W
     o	 Adaptec 3950U2
     o	 Adaptec 3960
     o	 Adaptec 39160
     o	 Adaptec 3985
     o	 Adaptec 4944UW
     o	 NEC PC-9821Xt13 (PC-98)
     o	 NEC RvII26 (PC-98)
     o	 NEC PC-9821X-B02L/B09 (PC-98)
     o	 NEC SV-98/2-B03 (PC-98)
     o	 Many motherboards with	on-board SCSI support

     Every transaction sent to a device	on the SCSI bus	is assigned a `SCSI
     Control Block' (SCB).  The	SCB contains all of the	information required
     by	the controller to process a transaction.  The chip feature table lists
     the number	of SCBs	that can be stored in on-chip memory.  All chips with
     model numbers greater than	or equal to 7870 allow for the on chip SCB
     space to be augmented with	external SRAM up to a maximum of 255 SCBs.
     Very few Adaptec controller configurations	have external SRAM.

     If	external SRAM is not available,	SCBs are a limited resource.  Using
     the SCBs in a straight forward manner would only allow the	driver to han-
     dle as many concurrent transactions as there are physical SCBs.  To fully
     utilize the SCSI bus and the devices on it, requires much more concur-
     rency.  The solution to this problem is SCB Paging, a concept similar to
     memory paging.  SCB paging	takes advantage	of the fact that devices usu-
     ally disconnect from the SCSI bus for long	periods	of time	without	talk-
     ing to the	controller.  The SCBs for disconnected transactions are	only
     of	use to the controller when the transfer	is resumed.  When the host
     queues another transaction	for the	controller to execute, the controller
     firmware will use a free SCB if one is available.	Otherwise, the state
     of	the most recently disconnected (and therefore most likely to stay dis-
     connected)	SCB is saved, via dma, to host memory, and the local SCB
     reused to start the new transaction.  This	allows the controller to queue
     up	to 255 transactions regardless of the amount of	SCB space.  Since the
     local SCB space serves as a cache for disconnected	transactions, the more
     SCB space available, the less host	bus traffic consumed saving and
     restoring SCB data.

     aha(4), ahb(4), cd(4), da(4), sa(4), scsi(4)

     The ahc driver appeared in	FreeBSD	2.0.

     The ahc driver, the AIC7xxx sequencer-code	assembler, and the firmware
     running on	the aic7xxx chips was written by Justin	T. Gibbs.

     Some Quantum drives (at least the Empire 2100 and 1080s) will not run on
     an	AIC7870	Rev B in synchronous mode at 10MHz.  Controllers with this
     problem have a 42 MHz clock crystal on them and run slightly above	10MHz.
     This confuses the drive and hangs the bus.	 Setting a maximum synchronous
     negotiation rate of 8MHz in the SCSI-Select utility will allow normal op-

     Although the Ultra2 and Ultra160 products have sufficient instruction ram
     space to support both the initiator and target roles concurrently,	this
     configuration is disabled in favor	of allowing the	target role to respond
     on	multiple target	ids.  A	method for configuring dual role mode should
     be	provided.

     Tagged Queuing is not supported in	target mode.

     Reselection in target mode	fails to function correctly on all high	volt-
     age differential boards as	shipped	by Adaptec.  Information on how	to
     modify HVD	board to work correctly	in target mode is available from

BSD				 July 13, 2008				   BSD


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