Proximity and ambient light sensor expansion board based on VL6180X for STM32 Nucleo

The X-NUCLEO-6180XA1 expansion board features the VL6180X proximity, gesture and ALS sensor, based on ST’s FlightSense™, Time-of-Flight technology. It is an evaluation board that provides an introduction to the proximity, ranging and light sensing capabilities of the VL6180X module.It is compatible with the STM32 Nucleo board family, and with the Arduino UNO R3 connector layout.Several ST expansion boards can be superposed through the Arduino connectors, which allows for example to develop VL6180X applications with Bluetooth or WiFi interface.

Key Features

  • VL6180X proximity, gesture and ambient light sensing (ALS) module.
  • Slider switch controlling 2 functions:
    • Ranging measurement, beyond 400mm.
    • Ambient light sensing, up to 100 kLux1.
  • 4-digit display, displaying either the distance of a target from the proximity sensor, or the lux value from the ambient light sensing (ALS).
  • Excellent ranging accuracy, independent of the reflectance of the target.
  • In order to easily integrate multiple VL6180X’s into customer devices, up to 3 external satellite VL6180X boards can be connected to the expansion board.
  • Satellite boards can be ordered on under the reference VL6180X-SATEL.
  • Basic gesture recognition application can be developed with one or multiple VL6180X modules.
  • Compatible with STM32 Nucleo board family.
  • Equipped with ArduinoTM UNO R3 connector.
  • RoHS compliant.
  • Full system SW supplied, download from




Technical Documentation

Product Specifications
Description Version Size
DB2473 DB2473: Proximity and ambient light sensor expansion board based on VL6180X for STM32 Nucleo 4.0 112 KB
Application Notes
Description Version Size
AN4663 AN4663: VL6180X expansion boards - Description of version 1 and version 2 1.0 253 KB
User Manuals
Description Version Size
UM1852 UM1852: X-NUCLEO-6180XA1 proximity and ambient light sensor expansion board based on VL6180X for STM32 Nucleo 3.0 436 KB

Presentations & Training Material

Description Version Size
X-NUCLEO-6180XA1 Quick start guide 3.0.0 1 MB

Hardware Resources

Board Manufacturing Specifications
Description Version Size
pcb-gerber-6180XA1 1 MB

Publications and Collaterals

Description Version Size
STM32 Open Development Environment Brochure 15.10 4 MB

Tools and Software

Development Tools
Software Development Tools
Embedded Software
MCUs Embedded Software
Proximity Sensors Software

Sample & Buy

Part Number Marketing Status Board production status Unit Price (US$) * Quantity ECCN (EU) ECCN (US) Country of Origin More info Order from ST Order from Distributors
X-NUCLEO-6180XA1 Active Stock available 20.83 1 NEC EAR99 FRANCE MORE INFO Buy Direct Add to cart DISTRIBUTOR AVAILABILITY

(*) Suggested Resale Price per unit (USD) for BUDGETARY USE ONLY. For quotes, prices in local currency, please contact your local ST Sales Office  or our Distributors

Quality & Reliability

Part Number Marketing Status RoHS Compliance Grade Material Declaration**
X-NUCLEO-6180XA1 ActiveEcopack1

(**) The Material Declaration forms available on may be generic documents based on the most commonly used package within a package family. For this reason, they may not be 100% accurate for a specific device. Please contact our sales support for information on specific devices.