A component adds audio signal processing to a pipeline that’s running on the DSP. An instance of the component, called a component device (components are implemented in the driver-device model), is chained with other component devices and builds an audio processing path organized as a pipeline.

Component driver

Every component must implement a driver (see the comp_driver) which creates instances by handling new component requests coming from the command handlers.

The driver must be registered on the system component driver list by calling comp_register(comp_driver *) and providing a unique component id in order to receive the requests.

Each component driver declares its unique type that is later used by the uAPI to create a component of that type. It also provides an entry point to the component ops implementation.

UUIDs (Universally Unique Identifiers) provide a more scalable and collision-free way of component identification. UUIDs are currently used as the standard interface by all users of the SOF firmware, including the tracing subsystem, the topology .m4 files, and the Linux topology driver. Using the type to define topology and create components is still supported today; however, the type will be moved out of the IPC struct in the future. Therefore, be sure to allocate UUIDs for all newly-added component drivers.

The UUID entry declared in the FW code contains the identifier value as well as the object which is the component name in this case. Both are provided as the arguments to the DECLARE_SOF_RT_UUID() macro. For example, the volume component provides the following declaration:

/* b77e677e-5ff4-4188-af14-fba8bdbf8682 */
DECLARE_SOF_RT_UUID("volume", volume_uuid, 0xb77e677e, 0x5ff4, 0x4188,
                 0xaf, 0x14, 0xfb, 0xa8, 0xbd, 0xbf, 0x86, 0x82);

Note how the af14 16bit segment is split into two bytes at the beginning of the second line.

volume is the component name used by the sof-logger while printing the trace source name. volume_uuid is the symbol used later to associate the declared UUID with the volume of the component driver:

static const struct comp_driver comp_volume = {
        .type = SOF_COMP_VOLUME,
        .uid  = SOF_RT_UUID(volume_uuid),

See the UUID API for more details on UUID generation and declaration.

package component {

   class comp_driver {
   	type : uint32_t
	uid : uint32_t
   	module_id : uint32_t
   	ops : comp_ops
   hide comp_driver methods

   class comp_ops
   hide comp_ops methods
   hide comp_ops attributes

   class comp_dev {
   	drv : comp_driver*

   	<i>more params goes here ...</i>

   	params : sof_ipc_stream_params

   	private: void*
   	comp : sof_ipc_comp
   hide comp_dev methods

   comp_driver --> "ops" comp_ops : provides

   comp_driver -> comp_dev : creates in comp_new()

Figure 40 Component Driver

Create a component device

When a new component device is requested, the system comp_new() function finds the driver that’s registered with the requested unique component type and calls the new() function pointed by the registered driver’s data in order to instantiate the device.

Following is the entry called to create a new component device:

struct comp_dev* comp_new(sof_ipc_comp *comp);

actor "ipc/ipc_comp_new()" as c
participant "audio/component" as comp
participant "comp_driver" as drv
participant "lib/heap" as heap

c -> comp : comp_new(comp : sof_ipc_comp)
	activate comp
	comp -> comp : get_drv(comp->type) : drv
	comp -> drv : drv->ops.new(comp)
  		activate drv
  		drv -> heap : rzalloc(Runtime)
  		drv <-- heap
	comp <-- drv : comp_dev*
	deactivate drv

	comp -> comp : init component
c <-- comp : comp_dev*
deactivate comp

Handle the component device state

hide empty description
[*] -right-> COMP_STATE_READY : <b>comp_ops.new()</b>







Figure 41 Component Device States

Refer to comp_set_state() in Component API for details.

Implement the component API (comp_ops)

Every component driver implements the comp_ops API.


Some API functions are mandatory for specific component types since the infrastructure code calls them selectively based on the target component type. For instance, dai_config() is only called for SOF_COMP_DAI and SOF_COMP_SG_DAI and cannot be called for other component types.

See struct comp_ops documentation in Component API for details.