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Are nFIQOUT/nIRQOUT active during L2 STANDBYWFI state ?

Applies to: Cortex-A15


When you are in L2 standby mode (STANDBYWFIL2=1) and clock is active (CLKEN=1), then the GIC 
clock is active (along with timers and other L2 logic). Interrupts arriving will be sent to CPUs. 
If CPUs are powered down, the nIRQOUT/nFIQOUT output to the power controller notifies that there 
is a pending interrupt to that CPU and the CPU needs to be powered up to service the interrupt. 
Note that the nIRQOUT/nFIQOUT outputs are never disabled.

When you are in L2 standby mode (STANDBYWFIL2=1) and clock is inactive (CLKEN=0), then this 
forces ALL clocks to be gated at the top-level, so the GIC has no clock and the wake-up logic has 
no clock. nIRQOUT/nFIQOUT/STANDBYWFIL2 cannot change. In this state, the SOC controller needs to 
decide when to restore CLKEN and may need to look at all the interrupt sources to decide.

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