Proximity sensor, gesture and ambient light sensing (ALS) module

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  • The VL6180X is the latest product based on ST’s patented FlightSensetechnology. This is a ground-breaking technology allowing 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 color and surface), the VL6180X precisely measures the time the light takes to travel to the nearest object and reflect back to the sensor (Time-of-Flight).

    Combining an IR emitter, a range sensor and an ambient light sensor in a three-in-one ready-to-use reflowable package, the VL6180X is easy to integrate and saves the end-product maker long and costly optical and mechanical design optimizations.
    The module is designed for low power operation. Ranging and ALS measurements can be automatically performed at user defined intervals. Multiple threshold and interrupt schemes are supported to minimize host operations.
    Host control and result reading is performed using an I2C interface. Optional additional functions, such as measurement ready and threshold interrupts, are provided by two programmable GPIO pins.

    Key Features

    • Three-in-one smart optical module
      • Proximity sensor
      • Ambient Light Sensor
      • VCSEL light source
    • Fast, accurate distance ranging
      • Measures absolute range from 0 to above 10 cm (ranging beyond 10cm is dependent on conditions)
      • Independent of object reflectance
      • Ambient light rejection
      • Cross-talk compensation for cover glass
    • Gesture recognition
      • Distance and signal level can be used by host system to implement gesture recognition
      • Demo system available: P-NUCLEO-6180X1 evaluation board
    • Ambient light sensor
      • High dynamic range
      • Accurate/sensitive in ultra-low light
      • Calibrated output value in lux
    • Easy integration
      • Single reflowable component
      • No additional optics
      • Single power supply
      • I2C interface for device control and data
      • Provided with a documented C portable API (Application Programming Interface)
    • Two programmable GPIO
      • Window and thresholding functions for both ranging and ALS

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VL6180XV0NR/1 0.1 Optical 4.8 x 2.8 x 1 Tape And Reel
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2.26 5000 EAR99
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VL6180XV0NR/1

Operating Range Distance (m) (max)

0.1

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Optical

Unit Price (US$)

2.26*

Distributor availability ofVL6180XV0NR/1

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DIGIKEY WORLDWIDE 12428 1 Order Now
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DIGIKEY

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12428

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1

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WORLDWIDE Order Now

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Stock

738

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2

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EUROPE Order Now

FUTURE

Stock

217

Min.Order

1

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WORLDWIDE Order Now

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5000

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0

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EUROPE Order Now

MOUSER

Stock

13059

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1

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WORLDWIDE Order Now

Farnell Element14

Stock

6242

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1

Region

EUROPE Order Now

Distributor reported inventory date: 2019-09-18

Package size (mm)

4.8 x 2.8 x 1

Packing Type

Tape And Reel

Marketing Status

Active

Unit Price (US$)

2.26

Quantity

5000

ECCN (US)

EAR99

Country of Origin

CHINA

(*) 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

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Ecosystems

    • Part Number

      VL6180X Nucleo pack - NEW - Includes VL6180X Expansion board and STM32F401RE Nucleo

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

Embedded Software

    • Part Number

      VL6180X API (Application Programming Interface and Documentation)

      Windows Graphical User Interface (GUI) for VL6180X Evaluation Kits.Works with P-NUCLEO-6180X1, P-NUCLEO-6180X2 and EVALKIT-VL6180X

Evaluation Tools

    • Part Number

      Satellite: mini-PCB with VL6180X for easy integration (compatible with VL6180X expansion boards)

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Technical Documentation

    • Description Version Size Action
      DS10285
      Proximity and ambient light sensing (ALS) module
      7.0
      1.52 MB
      PDF
      DB2315
      Proximity and ambient light sensing (ALS) module
      1.0
      83.14 KB
      PDF
      DS10285

      Proximity and ambient light sensing (ALS) module

      DB2315

      Proximity and ambient light sensing (ALS) module

    • Description Version Size Action
      AN4478
      Using multiple VL6180X's in a single design
      2.0
      257.32 KB
      PDF
      AN4545
      VL6180X basic ranging application note
      2.0
      900.98 KB
      PDF
      AN4626
      VL6180X distance measurements versus -30 / +85°C extended temperature range
      1.0
      145.4 KB
      PDF
      AN4478

      Using multiple VL6180X's in a single design

      AN4545

      VL6180X basic ranging application note

      AN4626

      VL6180X distance measurements versus -30 / +85°C extended temperature range

    • Description Version Size Action
      UM1983
      VL6180X proximity, gesture and ambient light sensing (ALS) module
      1.0
      1.18 MB
      PDF
      UM1983

      VL6180X proximity, gesture and ambient light sensing (ALS) module

    • Description Version Size Action
      DT0030
      VL6180X ambient light sensing
      1.0
      296.67 KB
      PDF
      DT0032
      VL6180X cross talk compensation implementation
      1.0
      421.37 KB
      PDF
      DT0034
      VL6180X early convergence estimate implementation
      1.0
      294.45 KB
      PDF
      DT0017
      VL6180X interleaved mode explanation
      1.0
      377.07 KB
      PDF
      DT0035
      VL6180X low power features
      1.0
      328.4 KB
      PDF
      DT0037
      VL6180X range and ambient light sensor quick setup guide
      1.0
      376.67 KB
      PDF
      DT0020
      VL6180X range status error codes explanation
      1.0
      354.21 KB
      PDF
      DT0031
      VL6180X understanding the premium EVK
      1.0
      912.51 KB
      PDF
      DT0038
      VL6180X – Automatic VHV repeat rate implementation
      1.0
      254.99 KB
      PDF
      DT0030

      VL6180X ambient light sensing

      DT0032

      VL6180X cross talk compensation implementation

      DT0034

      VL6180X early convergence estimate implementation

      DT0017

      VL6180X interleaved mode explanation

      DT0035

      VL6180X low power features

      DT0037

      VL6180X range and ambient light sensor quick setup guide

      DT0020

      VL6180X range status error codes explanation

      DT0031

      VL6180X understanding the premium EVK

      DT0038

      VL6180X – Automatic VHV repeat rate implementation

    • Description Version Size Action
      AN4663
      VL6180X expansion boards - Description of version 1 and version 2
      1.0
      253.04 KB
      PDF
      AN4663

      VL6180X expansion boards - Description of version 1 and version 2

HW Model, CAD Libraries & SVD

    • Description Version Size Action
      Step model to manufacture Cover Glass Lens Holder with Light Blocker, as described in “VL6180X Cover Glass Calibration Free" video 1.3
      33.71 KB
      ZIP

      Step model to manufacture Cover Glass Lens Holder with Light Blocker, as described in “VL6180X Cover Glass Calibration Free" video

Presentations & Training Material

    • Description Version Size Action
      Optical Sensing: 1D to 3D using Time-of-Flight Technology 1.0
      3 MB
      PDF
      VL6180X API Integration Guide
      1.28 MB
      PDF
      X-NUCLEO-6180XA1 Quick start guide 3.0.0
      1.3 MB
      PDF

      Optical Sensing: 1D to 3D using Time-of-Flight Technology

      VL6180X API Integration Guide

      X-NUCLEO-6180XA1 Quick start guide

Publications and Collaterals

    • Description Version Size Action
      VL6180X: 3-in 1 time-of-flight module - proximity sensor, ALS and gesture
      835.9 KB
      PDF

      VL6180X: 3-in 1 time-of-flight module - proximity sensor, ALS and gesture

Part Number Marketing Status Package Grade RoHS Compliance Grade Material Declaration**
VL6180XV0NR/1
Active
Optical Industrial Ecopack2

VL6180XV0NR/1

Package:

Optical

Material Declaration**:

Marketing Status

Active

Package

Optical

Grade

Industrial

RoHS Compliance Grade

Ecopack2

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