Currently bhyve implements a ns16550-compatible UART in uart_emul.c.
This file also contains generic code to manage RX FIFOs and to handle
reading from and writing to a TTY. bhyve instantiates UARTs to
implement COM devices (via pci_lpc.c) and PCI UART devices.
The arm64 port will bring with it a PL011 device model which is used as
the default console (i.e., no COM ports). To simplify its integration,
add a UART "backend" layer which lets UART device models allocate an RX
FIFO and interact with TTYs without duplicating code. In particular,
code in uart_backend.* is to be shared among device models, and the
namespace for uart_emul.* is changed to uart_ns16550_*.
This is based on andrew@'s work in
https://github.com/zxombie/freebsd/tree/bhyvearm64 but I've made quite a
few small changes, particularly with respect to naming and source code
No functional change intended.