VL6180

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Time-of-Flight proximity sensor

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Description

The VL6180 is the latest product based on ST’s patented FlightSense™ technology. 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 VL6180 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 and a range sensor in a two-in-one ready-to-use reflowable package, the VL6180 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 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.A complete API is also associated with the device which consists of a set of C functions controlling the VL6180 to enable fast development of end-user applications. This API is structured in a way that it can be compiled on any kind of platform through a well isolated platform layer (mainly for low level I2C access).
  • All features

    • Two-in-one smart optical module
      • VCSEL light source
      • Proximity sensor
    • Fast, accurate distance ranging
      • Measures absolute range from 0 to 62 cm max (depending 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 systems (implemented on Android smartphone platform) available.
    • 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 ranging

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      STSW-IMG011

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      VL6180V1 Application Programming Interace API

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      STSW-IMG011

      Description:

      VL6180V1 Application Programming Interace API

      STSW-IMG012

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      P-NUCLEO-6180A1 pack PC graphical user interface (GUI)

      Imaging Software ST
      STSW-IMG012

      Description:

      P-NUCLEO-6180A1 pack PC graphical user interface (GUI)

      STSW-IMG014

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      Gesture and Touchless Example Code for VL6180

      Imaging Software ST
      STSW-IMG014

      Description:

      Gesture and Touchless Example Code for VL6180
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      Type
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      P-NUCLEO-6180A1

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      VL6180V1 Nucleo pack. Includes VL6180V1 Expansion board and STM32F401RE Nucleo

      Imaging Evaluation Boards ST
      P-NUCLEO-6180A1

      Description:

      VL6180V1 Nucleo pack. Includes VL6180V1 Expansion board and STM32F401RE Nucleo

      VL6180-SATEL

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      VL6180V1 Breakout Board

      Imaging Evaluation Boards ST
      VL6180-SATEL

      Description:

      VL6180V1 Breakout Board

      X-NUCLEO-6180A1

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      Proximity ToF sensor expansion board based on VL6180V1 for STM32 Nucleo

      Imaging Evaluation Boards ST
      X-NUCLEO-6180A1

      Description:

      Proximity ToF sensor expansion board based on VL6180V1 for STM32 Nucleo
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      Description
      Type
      Supplier

      X-CUBE-6180A1

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      Proximity ToF sensor software expansion for STM32Cube

      STM32 ODE Sense SW ST
      X-CUBE-6180A1

      Description:

      Proximity ToF sensor software expansion for STM32Cube

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Quality and Reliability

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VL6180V1NR/1
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Optical Industrial Ecopack2

VL6180V1NR/1

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Active

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Optical

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Industrial

RoHS Compliance Grade

Ecopack2

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VL6180V1NR/1 Available at 4 distributors

Distributor availability ofVL6180V1NR/1

Distributor Name
Region Stock Min. Order Third party link
DIGIKEY WORLDWIDE 539 1 Buy from Distributor
MOUSER WORLDWIDE 16704 1 Buy from Distributor
Farnell Element14 EUROPE 364 1 Buy from Distributor
ANGLIA Live EUROPE 20 5000 Buy from Distributor

Distributor reported inventory date: 2021-11-25

Distributor Name

DIGIKEY

Stock

539

Min.Order

1

Region

WORLDWIDE Buy from Distributor

MOUSER

Stock

16704

Min.Order

1

Region

WORLDWIDE Buy from Distributor

Farnell Element14

Stock

364

Min.Order

1

ANGLIA Live

Stock

20

Min.Order

5000

Distributor reported inventory date: 2021-11-25

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EAR99 NEC Tape And Reel Optical -20 70 0.6 2.0 / 5k
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Package size (mm):

4.8 x 2.8 x 1.0

Unit Price (US$):

2

Country of Origin:

CHINA

VL6180V1NR/1

Marketing Status

Active

ECCN (US)

EAR99

Budgetary Price (US$)*/Qty

2.0 / 5k

Distributor availability ofVL6180V1NR/1

Distributor Name
Region Stock Min. Order Third party link
DIGIKEY WORLDWIDE 539 1 Buy from Distributor
MOUSER WORLDWIDE 16704 1 Buy from Distributor
Farnell Element14 EUROPE 364 1 Buy from Distributor
ANGLIA Live EUROPE 20 5000 Buy from Distributor

Distributor reported inventory date: 2021-11-25

Distributor Name

DIGIKEY

Stock

539

Min.Order

1

Region

WORLDWIDE Buy from Distributor

MOUSER

Stock

16704

Min.Order

1

Region

WORLDWIDE Buy from Distributor

Farnell Element14

Stock

364

Min.Order

1

ANGLIA Live

Stock

20

Min.Order

5000

Distributor reported inventory date: 2021-11-25

ECCN (EU)

NEC

Packing Type

Tape And Reel

Package

Optical

Operating Temperature (°C)

(min)

-20

(max)

70

Operating Range Distance (m) (max)

0.6

Package size (mm)

4.8 x 2.8 x 1.0

Budgetary Price (US$)* / Qty

2.0 / 5k

Country of Origin

CHINA

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