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Avago Technologies Adds Ambient Light Photo Sensor

July 1, 2008

For use in portable electronic devices, the low-cost sensor controls display backlighting in mobile phones, PDAs, and other portable devices to help extend battery life.


SAN JOSE, CA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Avago Technologies announced a new low cost miniature surface mount ambient light photo sensor for controlling display backlighting in a wide range of portable electronic applications. Avago's APDS-9008, which is designed to approximate the spectral response curve of the human eye, helps to significantly reduce power consumption to extend battery life in mobile phones, PDAs, notebook computers, TVs, video and digital still cameras. Avago is a leading supplier of analog interface components for communications, industrial and consumer applications.

The APDS-9008 is an analog-output ambient light photo sensor that comes in a lead-free miniature chipLED surface mount package. This new sensor from Avago offers a wide voltage range from as low as 1.6 V up to a maximum of 5.5 V and incorporates a spectrally suited photo sensor, which provides excellent responsivity. It targets designers of applications that require the measurement of ambient light to control display backlighting power consumption. Moreover, applications such as mobile phones and PDAs that draw heavy current for backlit LCD displays will benefit from incorporating this surface mount ambient light sensor into their designs.

The APDS-9008 is a pin-to-pin compatible alternative to Avago's APDS-9005 and provides designers with a miniature low-cost ambient light sensor that can work at a much lower Vcc of 1.6V.

Key Features

  • Superior responsivity
  • Miniature chipLED surface mount package: 0.55 mm (H) by 1.60 mm (W) by 1.50 mm (D)
  • Low sensitivity variation across a variety of light sources
  • Operating temperature: –40°C to 85°C
  • Vcc supply: from 1.6 V up to 5.5 V
  • Output linearity across a wide illumination range
  • High output saturation voltage
  • Pb-free and RoHS compliant

Pricing and Availability
Pricing for Avago's APDS-9008 sensor starts at $0.60 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.

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.


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