Add an entry to Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-iio for
the new device label sysfs-attribute support.
And document the standardized labels which may be used with proximity
sensors to hint userspace about the intended use of the sensor.
Using labels to differentiate between the multiple proximity sensors
which a modern laptop/tablet may have was discussed in this thread:
As mentioned there the "proximity-wifi*" labels are already being used
in this manner on some chromebooks, see e.g.:
And the "proximity-palmrest" and "proximity-lap" labels are intended
to be used with the lap and palmrest sensors found in recent Lenovo
Cc: Dmitry Torokhov <[email protected]>
Cc: Mark Pearson <[email protected]>
Cc: Bastien Nocera <[email protected]>
Signed-off-by: Hans de Goede <[email protected]>
Changes in v2:
- Drop the too generic:
lines from the newly added documentation, if/when we start
using channel-labels with proximity sensors then those should
get a separate in_proximityX_label documentation.
Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-iio | 39 +++++++++++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 39 insertions(+)
diff --git a/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-iio b/Documentation/ABI/testing/sysfs-bus-iio
index d957f5da5c04..7379e40d862d 100644
@@ -33,6 +33,45 @@ Description:
Description of the physical chip / device for device X.
Typically a part number.
+Contact: [email protected]
+ Optional symbolic label for a device.
+ This is useful for userspace to be able to better identify an
+ individual device.
+ The contents of the label are free-form, but there are some
+ standardized uses:
+ For proximity sensors which give the proximity (of a person) to
+ a certain wlan or wwan antenna the following standardized labels
+ are used:
+ * "proximity-wifi"
+ * "proximity-lte"
+ * "proximity-wifi-lte"
+ * "proximity-wifi-left"
+ * "proximity-wifi-right"
+ These are used to indicate to userspace that these proximity
+ sensors may be used to tune transmit power to ensure that
+ Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) limits are honored.
+ The "-left" and "-right" labels are for devices with multiple
+ In some laptops/tablets the standardized proximity sensor labels
+ instead indicate proximity to a specific part of the device:
+ * "proximity-palmrest" indicates proximity to the keyboard's palmrest
+ * "proximity-palmrest-left" indicates proximity to the left part of the palmrest
+ * "proximity-palmrest-right" indicates proximity to the right part of the palmrest
+ * "proximity-lap" indicates the device is being used on someone's lap
+ Note "proximity-lap" is special in that its value may be
+ calculated by firmware from other sensor readings, rather then
+ being a raw sensor reading.
Contact: [email protected]