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New Yorker Unveils High Resolution Digital Proximity Sensor

New Yorker Electronics has released two new High-Resolution Digital Proximity Sensors with I2C Interface from Vishay. Vishay Optoelectronics has designed two new fully integrated Automotive Grade proximity sensors with high resolution up to 20┬Ám for force sensing applications.

new yorkerWith selectable 12-bit and 16-bit outputs, they are ideal for force sensing applications in steering wheel controls, laptop smart power buttons and multi-force track pads, and touch pads for IoT devices and kitchen appliances. They each combine a photodiode, amplifier and ADC circuitry in a 4mm by 2.36mm surface-mount package with a low 0.75mm profile. The VCNL3030X01 features an on-board infrared emitter (IRED) while the VCNL3036X01 is designed to be used with up to three external IREDs, for which an onboard driver with internal logic is provided. A smart persistence scheme ensures accurate sensing and faster response time.

The Vishay VCNL3030X01 integrates a proximity sensor (PS) and a high power IRED into one small package. The Vishay VCNL3036X01 integrates a proximity sensor (PS), a mux and a driver for up to three external IREDs, also into a small package. Both types incorporate photodiodes, amplifiers and analog-to-digital converting circuits into a single chip by CMOS process. The PS offers a programmable interrupt with individual high and low thresholds with the power savings on the microcontroller.

The VCNL3030X01 and VCNL3036X01 both prevent false triggers while providing higher resolution compared to previous-generation sensors. A programmable interrupt function allows designers to specify high and low thresholds to reduce the continuous communication with the microcontroller, while its intelligent cancellation eliminates cross-talk. For force sensing applications, the sensors offer the flexibility to fine-tune the current for short displacements. They operate normally even when the user is wearing gloves.

Features & Benefits:

  • Package type: surface-mount
  • Dimensions (L x W x H in mm): 4.0 x 2.36 x 0.75
  • AEC-Q101 qualified
  • Operation voltage: 2.5 V to 3.6 V
  • Floor life: 168 h, MSL 3, according to J-STD-020


  • Force feedback applications
  • Proximity / optical switch for consumer, computing, automotive and industrial devices


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