RGB Color, Infrared, and Temperature Sensors

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Reliable True Color Digitization with Six Sensors in a Small Package

Part Details
  • Optical Sensor Fusion for True Color Sensing
    • Seven Parallel ADCs
    • R, G, B, IR, ALS Sensing
  • Superior Sensitivity
    • 0.001 Lux
  • Optimized for Overall System Power Consumption
    • 10µA (MAX44006)/10µA (MAX44008) in Ambient Mode
    • 15µA (MAX44006)/16µA (MAX44008) in RGBC + IR Mode
    • 0.01µA (MAX44006)/0.5µA (MAX44008) in Shutdown Mode
  • Digital Functionalities
    • Programmable Channel Gains
    • Adjustable Interrupt Thresholds
  • High-Level Integration
    • Six Sensors in a 2mm x 2mm x 0.6mm Package
Additional Details
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The MAX44006/MAX44008 integrate six sensors in two products: red, green, blue (RGB) sensors; an ambient light (clear) sensor; a temperature sensor; and an ambient infrared sensor with an I²C interface. These highly integrated optical sensors include a temperature sensor to improve reliability and performance.

The devices compute the light information with six parallel data converters allowing simultaneous light measurement in a very short time. The devices consume only 15µA (MAX44006) and 16µA (MAX44008) separately in RGBC + TEMP + IR mode, and also have the ability to operate at 1.7V to 2.0V (MAX44006) and 2.7V to 5.5V supply voltage (MAX44008).

The devices' RGB sensing capability improves the performance of end products by providing robust and precise information for ambient color-sensing and color-temperature measurement.

The devices' superior infrared and 50Hz/60Hz rejection provide robust readings. The wide dynamic range light measurement makes these products perfect candidates for many color measurement applications.

The on-chip ambient sensor has the ability to make wide dynamic range (0.002~8388.61µW/cm²) lux measurements. The devices' digital computation power provides programmability and flexibility for end-product design. A programmable interrupt pin minimizes the need to poll the devices for data, freeing up microcontroller resources, reducing system software overhead, and ultimately reducing power consumption. All these features are included in a tiny 2mm x 2mm x 0.6mm optical package.


  • Color Correction
  • Digital Light Management
  • Industrial Sensors
  • LED and Laser Projectors
  • Printers
  • Tablet PCs/Notebooks/E-Readers
  • Tablets
  • TVs/Display Systems

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Santa Cruz MAXREFDES23

IO-Link Light Sensor

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IO-Link Light Sensor

IO-Link Light Sensor

Features and Benefits

  • World's smallest IO-Link light sensor: 6.5mm x 25mm
  • Low cost
  • IEC 61131-9
  • IO-Link version 1.1 and 1.0 compliant
  • Field bus agnostic
  • Transient voltage suppressor (TVS) diodes that meet
  • IEC 61000-4-2 (ESD)
  • IEC 61000-4-4 (EFT)
  • Automatic sensor replacement
  • Low power
  • Reverse polarity and short-circuit protected
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