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VL6180X Proximity, Gesture and Ambient Light Sensing (ALS) Module from STMicroelectronics

The VL6180X sensing module is the latest product based on ST’s patented FlightSenseTM technology. This ground-breaking technology allows absolute distance to be measured independent of target reflectance. Instead of estimating the distance by measuring the amount of light reflected back from the object which is significantly influenced by the target colour and surface finish, the VL6180X precisely measures the time the light takes to travel to the nearest object and reflect back to the sensor (Time-of-Flight).

The VL6180X sensing module combines an IR emitter, a range sensor and an ambient light sensor in a three-in-one ready-to-use surface mount 8 pin QFN package measuring just 4.8 x 2.8 x 1mm. The package is compatible with reflow solder processes making the VL6180X very easy to integrate into a design and saves the product designer long and costly optical and mechanical design optimizations.

The VL6180X sensing module is designed for ultra-low power operation with standby mode consuming <1uA, making the module suitable for use in battery powered applications such as remote sensing.


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