Products, Materials + Tools | Jul 23, 2010

Avago Technologies Adds New Miniature Digital Ambient Light Photo Sensor

Avago Technologies today announced a new miniature programmable digital ambient light photo sensor for use in consumer, industrial and automotive applications that provide precise illuminance measurement over a wide range of lighting conditions.

Avago’s APDS-9300 low-voltage ambient light sensor, which is designed to approximate the spectral response curve of the human eye, incorporates a digital I2C interface to simplify the implementation into customer designs.  Avago is a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications.

The APDS-9300 ALS converts light intensity to digital signal output via a direct I2C interface.  Moreover, it incorporates a user programmable interrupt function that enables seamless integration with most customer digital platforms to simplify integration.  A miniature chipLED package makes the APDS-9300 ideal for controlling display backlighting in mobile and consumer devices such as cell phones, notebooks, LCD monitors, and digital cameras.  Other targeted applications include residential and commercial lighting management systems, automotive instrumentation clusters and electronic sign and signal applications.

Key Features:
Precise illumance measurement under diverse lighting conditions
Programmable interrupt function with user-defined upper and lower threshold settings
16-bit digital output with I2C fast-mode at 400 Khz
Programmable analog gain and integration time
Miniature chipLED package: 0.55 mm (H) by 2.60mm (L) by 2.20 (W)
50/60-Hz lighting ripple rejection
Low 2.5-V input voltage and 1.8V digital output
Low active power (0.6 mW Typical) with power down mode
RoHS  compliant

Pricing and Availability
Pricing for Avago’s APDS-9300 sensor starts at $1.20 in minimum quantities of 2,500.  Samples and production quantities are available now through Avago’s direct sales channel and worldwide distribution partners.

Avago’s Sensor Products:
Avago Technologies offers industry-leading cost effective sensor solutions, which help ensure customers achieve maximum application performance and realize the benefits of faster time-to-market and a reduction in system cost.  Catering to both current and emerging applications, Avago’s diverse range of precision sensors (proximity and ambient light sensors) help to significantly improve the user interface in office, industrial, home, financial and entertainment-based systems, as well as provide the best on-time delivery in the industry. More information is available at

About Avago Technologies:
Avago Technologies is a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications. By leveraging its core competencies in III-V compound and silicon semiconductor design and processing, the company provides an extensive range of analog, mixed signal and optoelectronics components and subsystems to more than 40,000 customers. Backed by strong customer service support, the company's products serve four diverse end markets: industrial and automotive, wired infrastructure, wireless communications, and computer peripherals. Avago has a global employee presence and heritage of technical innovation dating back 40 years to its Hewlett-Packard roots. Information about Avago is available on the Web at