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Ambient Light Sensors

The Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) products from ams provide measurements of ambient light intensity which match the human eye’s response to light under a variety of lighting conditions. Each device has a specific operating range of performance, from very low light up to bright sunlight. High sensitivity coupled with wide dynamic range make these ALS products ideal for operation behind dark inked glass. They enable consumer electronics device manufacturers to implement display dimming and brightness control functions, helping to reduce power consumption and extend battery run-time.

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TSL2540

The TSL2540 is a very-high sensitivity light-to-digital converter that approximates the human eye response to light intensity under varying lighting conditions and transforms this light intensity to a digital signal output capable through a 1.8V I²C interface. The ALS sensor features 2 output channels, a visible channel and an IR channel. The visible channel has a photodiode with a photopic Interferometric UV and IR blocking filter and the IR channel has a photodiode with an IR pass filter. Each channel has a dedicated integrating data converter which converts photodiode current into a 16-bit digital output. This digital output can be interfaced with a microprocessor where illuminance in lux is derived to accurately measure ambient light to control a displays baklight.

TSL25711

The TSL2571 family of devices provides ambient light sensing (ALS) that approximates human eye response to light intensity under a variety of lighting conditions and through a variety of attenuation materials. While useful for general purpose light sensing, the device is particularly useful for display management with the purpose of extending battery life and providing optimum viewing in diverse lighting conditions. Display panel and keyboard backlighting can account for up to 30 to 40 percent of total platform power. The ALS features are ideal for use in notebook PCs, LCD monitors, flat-panel televisions, and cell phones.

TSL2584TSV

The TSL2584TSV is a very high sensitivity light-to-digital converter that transforms light intensity into a digital signal output with a fast mode I²C interface. The device combines one broadband photodiode (visible plus infrared), one infrared-responding photodiode, and a photopic infrared-blocking filter on a single CMOS integrated circuit. Two integrating analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) convert the photodiode currents into a digital output that represents the irradiance measured on each channel. This digital output can be input to a microprocessor where illuminance (ambient light level) in lux is derived using an empirical formula to approximate the human eye response. The TSL2584TSV supports a traditional level style interrupt that remains asserted until the firmware clears it.

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Color Sensor

The color sensor product family includes both RGB (Red, Green, Blue) and high-accuracy XYZ light sensors for precise color measurement, determination, and discrimination. XYZ sensors are capable of providing xy chromaticity co-ordinates in accordance with the CIE 1931 color map. The ams color sensors include filters to block unwanted IR light in the visible spectral range, enabling highly accurate color measurement. Their high sensitivity coupled with their wide dynamic range make them well suited to continuous color temperature measurement of ambient light in display management systems, and automatic-white-balance assistance in camera applications. Some products have additional IR channels to assist with IR light source identification.

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TCS3400

The TCS3400 device family provides color and IR (red, green, blue, clear and IR) ambient light sensing. The improved accuracy lux and color temperature measurement from color sensing is typically used to adjust the backlight intensity and correct the display color gamut. Additionally it can be used for light source type detection as it reports the IR content of the light.

TCS3430

The device features advanced digital ambient light sensing (ALS) and CIE 1931 tristimulus color sensing (XYZ). Each of the channels has a filter to control its optical response, which allows the device to accurately measure ambient light and sense color. These measurements are used to calculate chromaticity, illuminance and color temperature, all of which are used to support various potential applications. The TCS3430 is ideally suited for use in smartphone applications to improve color measurement and intensity of ambient light conditions. The sensor can also be used to assist the smartphone camera sensor with color sensing of ambient light to enhance and improve picture white balance to deliver more realistic and vibrant images.

TCS34725

The TCS3472 device provides a digital return of red, green, blue (RGB), and clear light sensing values. An IR blocking filter, integrated on-chip and localized to the color sensing photodiodes, minimizes the IR spectral component of the incoming light and allows color measurements to be made accurately. The high sensitivity, wide dynamic range, and IR blocking filter make the TCS3472 an ideal color sensor solution for use under varying lighting conditions and through attenuating materials. This data is transferred via an I2C to the host.

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Gesture, Color Sensors & Proximity Detection

The gesture product family performs advanced gesture detection, proximity detection, digital Ambient Light Sensing (ALS) and color sensing (red, green, blue and clear). It also implements optical pattern generation for barcode transmission and remote controls. The gesture sensor modules provide a highly integrated solution offering five essential functions to enable a touchless interface and to optimize the end user experience of communications and consumer electronics equipment. Gesture detection uses four directional photodiodes to sense IR energy emitted from the integrated LED, converting the measurements of reflected IR light into information about physical motion.

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TMG39923

The TMG3992 device family features a slim modular package, 2.0mm x 3.95mm x 1.36mm incorporating an IR LED and factory calibrated LED driver. The device exhibits advanced gesture detection, proximity detection, digital ambient light sense (ALS), color sense (RGBC), and optical pattern generation/transmission for broadcast.

TMG39933

The TMG3993 device family features a slim modular package, 2.36mm x 3.95mm x 1.36mm, incorporates an IR LED and factory calibrated LED driver. The device exhibits advanced gesture detection, proximity detection, digital ambient light sense (ALS), color sense (RGBC), and optical pattern generation/transmission for broadcast.

TMG4903

The TMG4903 device family features a slim modular package, 2.0mm x 5.0mm x 1.0mm and incorporates an IR LED and factory calibrated LED driver along with a separate GPIO to support universal remote control. The device exhibits advanced 3D gesture detection, proximity detection, digital ambient light sense (ALS), color sense (RGBC), mobeam™ optical pattern generation/transmission for broadcast.

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Light-to-Voltage

Light-to-Voltage (LTV) sensors combine a photodiode and transimpedance amplifier on a single monolithic IC to provide a linear analog voltage output that is proportional to light intensity. The voltage output can be connected directly to an ADC for digital processing, a comparator for threshold detection, or other analog circuitry for filtering or further processing. The devices cover a wide range of speed and responsivity options across various spectral responses. This makes them suitable for a variety of applications in which they may measure ambient light, light absorption or reflection, or operate as an infrared data receiver in light controls, printers, light curtains or remote controllers.

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TSL250R

The TSL250R, TSL251R, and TSL252R are light-to-voltage optical sensors, each combining a photodiode and a transimpedance amplifier (feedback resistor = 16 MΩ, 8 MΩ, and 2.8 MΩ respectively) on a single monolithic IC. Output voltage is directly proportional to the light intensity (irradiance) on the photodiode. These devices have improved amplifier offset-voltage stability and low power consumption and are supplied in a 3-lead clear plastic sidelooker package with an integral lens. When supplied in the lead (Pb) free package, the device is RoHS compliant.

TSL251R

The TSL250R, TSL251R, and TSL252R are light-to-voltage optical sensors, each combining a photodiode and a transimpedance amplifier (feedback resistor = 16 MΩ, 8 MΩ, and 2.8 MΩ respectively) on a single monolithic IC. Output voltage is directly proportional to the light intensity (irradiance) on the photodiode. These devices have improved amplifier offset-voltage stability and low power consumption and are supplied in a 3-lead clear plastic sidelooker package with an integral lens. When supplied in the lead (Pb) free package, the device is RoHS compliant.

TSL252R

The TSL250R, TSL251R, and TSL252R are light-to-voltage optical sensors, each combining a photodiode and a transimpedance amplifier (feedback resistor = 16 MΩ, 8 MΩ, and 2.8 MΩ respectively) on a single monolithic IC. Output voltage is directly proportional to the light intensity (irradiance) on the photodiode. These devices have improved amplifier offset-voltage stability and low power consumption and are supplied in a 3-lead clear plastic sidelooker package with an integral lens. When supplied in the lead (Pb) free package, the device is RoHS compliant.

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Proximity

Proximity detection sensors measure reflected infrared (IR) energy to detect the presence of an object or person. The devices include an integrated LED driver and, in some devices, an integrated LED. The proximity detection devices provide four programmable LED drive currents and IR pulse repetitions. The proximity detection circuitry compensates for ambient light, allowing it to operate in environments ranging from bright sunlight to dark rooms. The wide dynamic range allows operation in short-distance detection applications behind dark glass, such as mobile phones. Proximity detection sensors can be used to replace a mechanical switch or to sense human gestures.

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TSL26711

The TSL2671 family of devices provides a complete proximity detection system and digital interface logic in a single 6-pin package. The device includes a digital proximity sensor with integrated LED driver for the required external IR LED. The proximity function offers a wide range of performance, with four programmable LED drive currents and a pulse repetition range of 1 to 32 pulses. The proximity detection circuitry compensates for ambient light, allowing it to operate in environments ranging from bright sunlight to dark rooms. This wide dynamic range also allows operation in short distance detection applications behind dark glass, such as cell phones. An internal state machine provides the ability to put the device into a low power mode for very low average power consumption.

TSL26713

The TSL2671 family of devices provides a complete proximity detection system and digital interface logic in a single 6-pin package. The device includes a digital proximity sensor with integrated LED driver for the required external IR LED. The proximity function offers a wide range of performance, with four programmable LED drive currents and a pulse repetition range of 1 to 32 pulses. The proximity detection circuitry compensates for ambient light, allowing it to operate in environments ranging from bright sunlight to dark rooms. This wide dynamic range also allows operation in short distance detection applications behind dark glass, such as cell phones. An internal state machine provides the ability to put the device into a low power mode for very low average power consumption.

TSL26721

The TSL2672 family of devices provides proximity detection when coupled with an external IR LED. The devices incorporate a constant-current LED sink driver to pulse the external IR LED and achieve very low average power consumption using the low power wait state with programmable wait time between proximity measurements. In addition, the devices are register-set and pin-compatible with the TSL2671 series and include a number of new and improved features, such as improved signal-to-noise and measurement accuracy. A proximity offset register allows compensation for optical system crosstalk between the IR LED and the sensor. To prevent false measurements, a proximity saturation bit indicates that the internal analog circuitry saturated. Interrupts have been enhanced with the addition of a sleep-after-interrupt feature that also allows for single-cycle operation.

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Ambient Light Sensors & Proximity Detection

ams supplies a family of products which combine an Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) and proximity detection in a single device. The ALS provides measurements of ambient light intensity which match the human eye’s response to light under a variety of lighting conditions, and through a variety of attenuation materials. The proximity detection feature allows a large dynamic range of operation for use over short distances and behind dark glass. These devices are intended for use in mobile phones, and over longer distances for presence detection in computer displays and monitors.

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TSL27711

The TSL2771 family of devices provides both ambient light sensing (ALS) and proximity detection (when coupled with an external IR LED). The ALS approximates human eye response to light intensity under a variety of lighting conditions and through a variety of attenuation materials. The proximity detection feature allows a large dynamic range of operation for use in short distance detection behind dark glass such as in a cell phone or for longer distance measurements for applications such as presence detection for monitors or laptops. The programmable proximity detection enables continuous measurements across the entire range. In addition, an internal state machine provides the ability to put the device into a low power mode in between ALS and proximity measurements providing very low average power consumption.

TSL27721

The TSL2772 device family provides both ambient light sensing (ALS) and, when coupled with an external IR LED, proximity detection. The device family is based on the TAOS patented dual-diode technology that enables accurate ALS results and approximates human eye response to light intensity under a variety of lighting conditions.

TMD2725

The device features advanced proximity measurement and digital ambient light sensing (ALS). The package has been designed to accommodate a single small aperture approach. The module incorporates an IR LED and factory calibrated LED driver. The proximity detection feature provides object detection (e.g. mobile device screen to user’s ear) by photodiode detection of reflected IR energy (sourced by the integrated LED). Detect/Release events are interrupt driven, and occur when proximity result crosses upper and/or lower threshold settings. The proximity engine features offset adjustment registers to compensate for unwanted IR energy reflection at the sensor. Proximity results are further improved by automatic ambient light subtraction. The ALS detection feature provides photopic light intensity data. The ALS photodiode has UV and IR blocking filters and a dedicated data converter producing 16-bit data. This architecture allows applications to ccurately measure ambient light which enables devices to calculate illuminance to control display backlight.

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Color Sensor & Proximity Detection

The ams family of color and Ambient Light Sensing (ALS) sensors combined with proximity detection provides red, green, blue, and clear (RGBC) or green and clear (ALS) light sensing and proximity detection. These modules also contain an IR LED for the proximity function. Both the light and proximity sensing functions feature high sensitivity and a wide dynamic range, so these devices may be placed behind the dark bezels of smartphones, monitors, laptops and TVs.




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TCS37727

The TCS3772 device family provides red, green, blue, and clear (RGBC) light sensing and, when coupled with an external IR LED, proximity detection. These devices detect light intensity under a variety of lighting conditions and through a variety of attenuation materials, including dark glass. The proximity detection feature allows a large dynamic range of operation for accurate short distance detection, such as in a cell phone, for detecting when the user positions the phone close to their ear. An internal state machine provides the ability to put the device into a low power state in between proximity and RGBC measurements providing very low average power consumption. This data is transferred via an I2C to the host.

TMD3725

The TMD3725 features advanced proximity measurement, color sense (RGBC+IR), and digital ambient light sensing (ALS). The package has been designed to accommodate a “single hole” aperture approach. The slim module incorporates an IR LED and factory calibrated LED driver. The proximity detection feature provides object detection (e.g. mobile device screen to user’s ear) by photodiode detection of reflected IR energy (sourced by the integrated LED). Detect/release events are interrupt driven, and occur when proximity result crosses upper and/or lower threshold settings. The proximity engine features offset adjustment registers to compensate for unwanted IR energy reflection at the sensor. Proximity results are further improved by automatic ambient light subtraction. The ALS detection feature provides photopic light intensity data. The color photodiodes have UV and IR blocking filters and converts photodiode current into dedicated integrating data converters producing 16-bit data. This digital output can be interfaced with a microprocessor where illuminance and color temperature can be calculated to control a displays backlight and chromaticity.

TMD4903

The TMD4903 features include color sensing (RGB), ALS, proximity detection and an IRBeam optical pattern generator capable of mobeam™ barcode emulation and universal remote control. In addition, it includes an integrated LED and advanced LED driver in a low profile and small footprint 2.0mm x 5.0mm x 1.0mm optical module.

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Light-to-Frequency

Light-to-Frequency (LTF) sensors convert measurements of light intensity to a digital form for direct interfacing to a microcontroller. The output of the device is a square wave or pulse stream the frequency of which is linearly proportional to the light intensity. LTF converters are designed for applications such as ambient light measurement, light absorption/reflection in products such as white goods, photographic equipment, colorimetry, chemical analyzers and display contrast controls. They may be used in any system that requires a wide dynamic range, and/or high resolution digital measurement of light intensity.

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TSL235R

The TSL235R light-to-frequency converter combines a silicon photodiode and a current-to-frequency converter on a single monolithic CMOS integrated circuit. Output is a square wave (50% duty cycle) with frequency directly proportional to light intensity (irradiance) on the photodiode. The digital output allows direct interface to a microcontroller or other logic circuitry. The device has been temperature compensated for the ultraviolet-to-visible light range of 320 nm to 700 nm and responds over the light range of 320 nm to 1050 nm. The TSL235R is characterized for operation over the temperature range of −25°C to 70°C and is supplied in a 3-lead clear plastic sidelooker package with an integral lens. When supplied in the lead (Pb) free package, the device is RoHS compliant.

TSL237

The TSL237 light-to-frequency converter combines a silicon photodiode and a current-to-frequency converter on a single monolithic CMOS integrated circuit. Output is a square wave (50% duty cycle) with frequency directly proportional to light intensity (irradiance) on the photodiode. The digital output allows direct interface to a microcontroller or other logic circuitry. Output enable (OE) places the output in a high-impedance state for multiple-unit sharing of a microcontroller input line. The device has been temperature compensated for the ultraviolet-to-visible light range of 320 nm to 700 nm and responds over the light range of 320 nm to 1050 nm. The TSL237 is characterized for operation over the temperature range of −40°C to 85°C and is supplied in a 4-lead ChipLED package (CL) and a compact 4-lead surface-mount package (T).

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Linear Array

Linear array sensors consist of a linear array of integrating photosensing pixels which measure incident light over a user-defined exposure time and generate a voltage or digital output which represents the light exposure at each pixel. The sensors are available in a variety of lengths and pixel resolutions. The analog output may be directly interfaced to an ADC for digital processing or for comparing black/white thresholds. Applications include contact image sensing, optical character recognition, edge detection, and object measurement in products such as copiers, document scanners and spectroscopy.

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TSL1401CCS

The TSL1401CCS linear sensor array consists of an 128 × 1 array of photodiodes, associated charge amplifier circuitry, and a pixel data-hold function that provides simultaneous integration start and stop times for all pixels. The pixels measure 63.5μm (H) by 55.5μm (W) with 63.5μm center-to-center spacing and 8μm spacing between pixels. Operation is simplified by internal control logic that requires only a serial-input (SI) signal and a clock.

TSL1401CL

The TSL1401CL linear sensor array consists of an 128 × 1 array of photodiodes, associated charge amplifier circuitry, and an internal pixel data-hold function that provides simultaneous integration start and stop times for all pixels. The array is made up of 128 pixels, each of which has a photo-sensitive area of 3524.3 square micrometers. There is 8-μm spacing between pixels. Operation is simplified by internal control logic that require only a serial-input (SI) signal and a clock.

TSL3301

The TSL3301−CL is a high-sensitivity 300-dpi, linear optical sensor array with integrated 8-bit analog-to-digital converters. The array consists of 102 pixels, each measuring 85 μm (H) by 77 μm (W) and spaced on 85 μm centers. Associated with each pixel is a charge integrator/amplifier and sample-hold circuit. All pixels have concurrent integration periods and sampling times. The array is split into three 34-pixel zones, with each zone having programmable gain and offset levels. Data communication is accomplished through a three-wire serial interface.

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Spectral Sensing

The ams multi-spectral sensing family includes a broad array of spectral sensing devices providing between 6 and 18 channels in the visible and near-infrared spectrum. All products feature CMOS interference filters and benefit from innovative factory calibration to deliver precise spectral characteristics over their lifetime. Most include direct LED drivers to synchronize and control light sources for efficient digital shutter operations.



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AS7261N

The AS7261N provides direct XYZ sensor data which conforms to the tri-stimulus standard observer color response of the human eye. A near-IR channel enables additional application flexibility. LED drivers with programmable currents are provided for electronic shutter applications. The AS7261N integrates Gaussian filters into standard CMOS silicon via nano-optic deposited interference filter technology and is packaged in an LGA package that provides a built in aperture to control the light entering the sensor array. Control and spectral data access is implemented through an I²C register set.

AS7264N

The AS7264N provides direct XYZ sensor data which conforms to the tri-stimulus standard observer color response of the human eye. In addition, two channels added for measurement of blue spectrum light, plus a near-IR channel enables additional application flexibility. LED drivers with programmable currents are provided for electronic shutter applications. The AS7264N integrates Gaussian filters into standard CMOS silicon via nano-optic deposited interference filter technology and is packaged in an LGA package that provides a built in aperture to control the light entering the sensor array. Control and spectral data access is implemented through an I²C register set.

AS7265x

The AS7265x family incorporates 3 chips to deliver an 18-channel multi-spectral sensing array covering wavelengths from 410nm to 940nm. The AS72651 covers NIR wavelengths from 600nm to 870nm and serves as the master controller for the set. When combined with the AS72652 (spectral response from 560nm to 940nm) and the AS72653 (spectral response from 410nm to 535nm) the full set delivers 18-channels with FWHM of 20nm. The device family integrates Gaussian filters into standard CMOS silicon via nano-optic deposited interference filter technology in LGA packages, and each AS7265x device has two integrated LED drivers with programmable current and which can be timed for electronic shutter applications.