STMicroelectronics – Combined range and ambient light sensor VL6180X – in a module

Combining an IR emitter, a range sensor and an ambient light sensor in a three-in-one ready-to-use reflowable package, the VL6180X from STMicroelectronics is easy to integrate and saves the end-product maker long and costly optical and mechanical design optimisations.

Based on ST’s patented FlightSense™ technology, the VL6180X module allows absolute distance to be measured independent of target reflectance. The VL6180X precisely measures the time that light takes to travel to the nearest object and to be reflected back to the sensor.

Ranging and ambient light measurements can be automatically performed at user-defined intervals. Multiple threshold and interrupt schemes are supported to minimise host operations.

• Measures absolute range up to 10cm
• Ambient light rejection
• Calibrated ambient light measurement output in lux


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