Vishay – AEC-Q101-Qualified VCNL4020X01 Proximity and Ambient Light Optical Sensor

The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) announces a new AEC-Q101-qualified, fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor with an industry-high operating temperature range to +105 ºC. The VCNL4020X01 combines an IR emitter, a photo-pin-diode for proximity, an ambient light detector, a signal processing IC, and a 16-bit ADC in one small 4.9 mm x 2.3 mm x 0.8 mm rectangular lead-less (LLP) package. The 3-in-1 sensor features an interrupt function, supports I2C bus communication interface, and greatly simplifies window and sensor placement in a wide variety of automotive, consumer, and industrial applications.

Product Benefits:

  • AEC-Q101 qualified
  • High operating temperature range to +105 ºC
  • Combines an IR emitter, proximity PIN photodiode, and an ambient light sensor
  • Signal processing IC
  • 16-bit ADC compensates for signal loss through the sensor window
  • Small 4.9 mm x 2.3 mm rectangular LLP package with an ultra-low 0.8 mm profile
  • Interrupt function lowers power consumption
  • Supports I2C bus communication interface
  • Proximity function:
    • 16-bit resolution for proximity detection ensures excellent cross talk immunity
    • Programmable LED drive current from 10 mA to 200 mA (in 10 mA steps) allows object detection up to 200 mm
    • Drives external emitter for longer range
    • Offers excellent ambient light suppression by signal modulation
  • Ambient light function:
    • 16 bit dynamic range for ambient light detection from 0.25 lux to 16 klux
    • Offers 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker noise rejection
  • Low stand-by current consumption of 1.5 μA
  • Supply voltage range of 2.5 V to 3.6 V
  • I2C bus voltage range from 1.7 V to 5 V
  • RoHS-compliant
  • Halogen-free sensor
  • Provides a Moisture Sensitivity Level (MSL) of 3 for 168 hours of shelf life
  • Compatible with lead (Pb)-free soldering

The Key Specifications:

  • Part number: VCNL4020X01
  • Type: Proximity / ALS sensor
  • Package: LLP
  • Proximity range: Up to 200 mm
  • ALS range: 0.25 lx to 16 klx
  • Interrupt function: Yes
  • Proximity / ALS ADC resolution: 16 bit
  • Max. stand-by current: 1.5 μA
  • Programmable LED current: 10 mA to 200 mA
  • Digital output: I2C
  • I2C bus voltage range: 1.7 V to 5 V
  • Supply voltage range: 2.5 V to 3.6 V
  • Operating temp. range: -40 °C to +105 °C

Market Applications:

  • Proximity sensor for:
    • Mobile devices (e.g. smart phones, touch phones, PDAs, GPS) for touch screen locking, power saving, etc.
    • Automotive for presence detection
  • Integrated ambient light function for display / keypad contrast control and dimming of mobile devices
  • Rear view mirror dimming in automotive
  • Proximity / optical switch for consumer, computing, automotive and industrial devices, and displays (such as notebooks, tablet PCs, and automotive touch panels)
  • Dimming control for consumer, computing, industrial, and automotive displays
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