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ST offers dev kit for time-of-flight, ambient light sensors

Posted: 16 Oct 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:STMicroelectronics? light sensor? gesture recognition? module? LG?

STMicroelectronics' VL6180X infrared time-of-flight optical range finding module is now commercially available. The device provides infrared 850nm wavelength optical range finding up to 10cm, which can be useful for enhancing autofocus and gesture recognition as well as an ambient light sensor, stated the company.

The module was first launched by ST in February 2013. Since then, ST has been supplying the part to LG for its G3 smartphone to assist with autofocus. According to the company, the VL6180x is generally used in mobile phones, consumer white goods and industrial applications.


The range sensor and ambient light sensor use single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) technology.

The VL6180X module is offered in a compact 4.8mm x 2.8mm x 1mm optical LGA12 package. The module provides an I2C interface for host control and reading ranging or ambient light level results, as well as two programmable GPIO pins that can be configured to implement threshold applications.

The VL6180X is priced at $2.50 while the development kit can be bought at $19.69 per unit.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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