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Time-of-Flight proximity sensor and IR emitter two-in-one module

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  • 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).

    Key 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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    • Part Number

      VL6180V1 Nucleo pack - NEW - Includes VL6180V1 Expansion board and STM32F401RE Nucleo

      Proximity ToF sensor expansion board based on VL6180V1 for STM32 Nucleo

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      VL6180V1 Application Programming Interace API

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      VL6180V1 Breakout Board

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      DS9818
      Proximity sensing module
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      DB1904
      Time-of-Flight proximity sensor and IR emitter two-in-one module
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      771.48 KB
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      DS9818

      Proximity sensing module

      DB1904

      Time-of-Flight proximity sensor and IR emitter two-in-one module

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      UM2657
      How to use the VL6180 proximity sensor X-NUCLEO-6180A1 expansion board with the STM32 Nucleo board
      1.1
      1.5 MB
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      UM2657

      How to use the VL6180 proximity sensor X-NUCLEO-6180A1 expansion board with the STM32 Nucleo board

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0.6

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2.0 / 5k

Distributor availability ofVL6180V1NR/1

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AVNET AMERICA 10000 0 Order Now
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MOUSER WORLDWIDE 4745 1 Order Now

Distributor reported inventory date: 2020-06-24

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4716

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WORLDWIDE Order Now

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10000

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50

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4745

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1

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WORLDWIDE Order Now

Distributor reported inventory date: 2020-06-24

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4.8 x 2.8 x 1.0

Packing Type

Tape And Reel

Marketing Status

Active

Budgetary Price (US$)* / Qty

2.0 / 5k

ECCN (US)

EAR99

Country of Origin

CHINA

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