9.1 Driver Binding Protocol Implementations

The implementation of the Driver Binding Protocol for a specific driver is typically found in the file <<DriverName>>.c. Appendix A contains a template for a <<DriverName>>.c file for a UEFI Driver. This file typically performs and contains the following:
  • Adds a global variable for the EFI_DRIVER_BINDING_PROTOCOL instance to <<DriverName>>.c.
  • An implementation of the Supported() service
  • An implementation of the Start() service
  • An implementation of the Stop() service
  • Installs all the Driver Binding Protocols in the driver entry point
  • If the UEFI Driver supports the unload feature, it then uninstalls all the Driver Binding Protocols in the Unload() function.
The example below shows the protocol interface structure for the Driver Binding Protocol for reference. It is composed of the three services called Supported(), Start(), and Stop(), along with the three data fields called Version, ImageHandle, and DriverBindingHandle.

Example 122-Driver Binding Protocol

/// This protocol provides the services required to determine if a driver
/// supports a given controller. If a controller is supported, then it
/// also provides routines to start and stop the controller.
/// The version number of the UEFI driver that produced the
/// EFI_DRIVER_BINDING_PROTOCOL. This field is used by
/// the EFI boot service ConnectController() to determine
/// the order that driver's Supported() service will be used when
/// a controller needs to be started. EFI Driver Binding Protocol
/// instances with higher Version values will be used before ones
/// with lower Version values. The Version values of 0x0-
/// 0x0f and 0xfffffff0-0xffffffff are reserved for
/// platform/OEM specific drivers. The Version values of 0x10-
/// 0xffffffef are reserved for IHV-developed drivers.
UINT32 Version;
/// The image handle of the UEFI driver that produced this instance
EFI_HANDLE ImageHandle;
/// The handle on which this instance of the
/// EFI_DRIVER_BINDING_PROTOCOL is installed. In most
/// cases, this is the same handle as ImageHandle. However, for
/// UEFI drivers that produce more than one instance of the
/// EFI_DRIVER_BINDING_PROTOCOL, this value may not be
/// the same as ImageHandle.
EFI_HANDLE DriverBindingHandle;
UEFI Drivers declare a global variables for the Driver Binding Protocol instances produced. The ImageHandle and DriverBindingHandle fields are pre-initialized to NULL. A UEFI Driver can initialize the ImageHandle and DriverBindingHandle fields in the driver entry point, or use the EDK II library UefiLib functions to help initialize UEFI Drivers that fill and initialize the ImageHandle and DriverBindingHandle fields automatically. The Version field must be initialized by the UEFI Driver. Higher Version values signify a newer driver. This field is a 32-bit value, but the values 0x0-0x0F and 0xFFFFFFF0- 0xFFFFFFFF are reserved for UEFI drivers written by OEMs. IHVs may use the values 0x10-0xFFFFFFEF. Each time a new version of a UEFI driver is released, the Version field must be increased. The following example shows how a Driver Binding Protocol is typically declared in a driver.

Example 123-Driver Binding Protocol declaration

#include <Uefi.h>
#include <Protocol/DriverBinding.h>
AbcSupported, // Supported()
AbcStart, // Start()
AbcStop, // Stop()
0x10, // Version
NULL, // ImageHandle
NULL // DriverBindingHandle };
The implementations of the Driver Binding Protocol change in complexity depending on the driver type. A device driver is the simplest to implement. A bus driver or a hybrid driver may be more complex because it has to manage both the bus controller and child controllers.
The EFI_DRIVER_BINDING_PROTOCOL is installed onto the driver's image handle. It is possible for a driver to produce more than one instance of the Driver Binding Protocol. All additional instances of the Driver Binding Protocol must be installed onto new handles.
The Driver Binding Protocol can be installed directly using the UEFI Boot Service InstallMultipleProtocolInterfaces(). However, the EDK II library UefiLib also provides a number of helper functions to install the Driver Binding Protocol and the optional UEFI Driver Model related protocols. The following helper functions are covered in more detail in Chapter 7:
  • EfiLibInstallDriverBinding()
  • EfiLibInstallAllDriverProtocols()
  • EfiLibInstallDriverBindingComponentName2()
  • EfiLibInstallAllDriverProtocols2()
If an error is generated when installing any of the Driver Binding Protocol instances, the entire driver should fail and return a error status such as EFI_ABORTED. If a UEFI Driver implements the Unload() feature, any Driver Binding Protocol instances installed in the driver entry point must be uninstalled in the Unload() function.