The new device is offered in one of the market’s smallest surface-mount packages, at only 4x2x1.1mm. The three-in-one sensor features an interrupt function and supports an I²C bus communications interface, which significantly simplifies window and sensor placement. Suitable applications for the VCNL4040 include home automation, consumer devices, industrial applications, handheld devices, notebooks and tablets. The highly accurate ambient light sensor (ALS) offers 16-bit high resolution with sufficient selections to suit the demands of most applications, whether dark or high transparency lens design. The proximity function offers immunity to red glow (940nm IRED) and has an intelligent cancellation scheme that effectively reduces crosstalk and a smart persistence scheme to reduce response time. Both the ALS and proximity sensor (PS) operate in parallel, and can be programmed for high and low interrupt thresholds, so only using minimal amount of microprocessor resource.
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