Avago Introduces APDS-9800 Ambient Light, Proximity Sensor Module

Avago Technologies (Nasdaq:AVGO), a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications, announced a new ambient light and proximity sensor that has been integrated into an ultra-thin module for use in mobile phones. Avago’s compact APDS-9800 integrated sensor module is designed to help conserve power and extend battery life in mobile phones and is easy to install. This new sensor module can also be used in other mobile electronic applications such as PDAs, handheld games and personal computers.

Built in a surface mountable package that is 1.45 mm thick by 4.95 mm in length by 3.0 mm wide, the APDS-9800 offers many technical features that are required by mobile phone manufacturers such as an extended detection range, and signal conditioning circuitry which offers superior performance in bright sunlight conditions. The APDS-9800 is composed of four chips: an ambient light sensor IC; proximity sensor and signal conditioning IC; LED emitter; and detector. The ambient light sensor, which has a spectral response that is close to that of the human eye, is used to control display backlighting brightness. The proximity sensor signal conditioning IC consists of an LED driver and receiver circuit with excellent ambient light cancellation capability. The built-in LED and detector allow the sensor to detect the proximity of an object to the device.

Avago’s APDS-9800 includes a shutdown mode to conserve power consumption and extend battery life. Additionally, the pulse width, burst rate, duty cycle and frequency can be controlled to further minimize power consumption.

Key Features

  • Small form factor: L 4.95 by W 3.0 by H 1.45 mm
  • Spectral responsivity close to that of the human eye
  • Built-in LED and detector for proximity detection
  • Low sensitivity variation across various light sources
  • Output linearity across a wide illumination range
  • Operational under strong sunlight and artificial light environments
  • Adjustable LED driving current, pulse and burst parameters
  • Controllable gain and integration time through external resistor and capacitor
  • LED stuck high protection to extend LED life
  • Both analog and digital output available
  • Shutdown mode with low current consumption
  • Supply voltage range: 2.4 to 3.6V
  • RoHS compliant

Pricing and Availability
Pricing for Avago’s APDS-9800 optical proximity sensor starts at $2.10 in minimum quantities of 2,500. Samples and production quantities are available now through Avago’s direct sales channel and worldwide distribution partners. More information is available at www.avagotech.com/sensors.

About Avago Technologies
Avago Technologies is a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications. By leveraging its core competencies in III-V compound and silicon semiconductor design and processing, the company provides an extensive range of analog, mixed signal and optoelectronics components and subsystems to approximately 40,000 end customers. Backed by strong customer service support, the company’s products serve four diverse end markets: wireless communications, wired infrastructure, industrial and automotive electronics, and consumer and computing peripherals. Avago has a global employee presence and heritage of technical innovation dating back 40 years to its Hewlett-Packard roots.

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