Fast IR proximity sensor eliminates DACs to lower costs in robotics and more

22-02-2016 | Vishay | Test & Measurement

Vishay has introduced a new infrared (IR) sensor designed to provide fast, low-cost proximity sensing in a variety of systems. The TSSP4056 is the industry's first fixed-gain sensor containing a band-pass filter tuned to 56kHz to feature a monotonic sensitivity vs. frequency response curve from 30kHz to 54kHz. The device detects modulated pulses from a separate IR emitter with a high sensitivity of 0.4 mW/m², while fast readings in under 5ms are possible using successive approximation techniques, as demonstrated in the company's Fast Proximity Sensor software. Typically, proximity sensors determine an object's distance by varying the emitter's drive current to find the threshold emitter power at which the object is just detected, a technique that requires an expensive DAC to drive the emitter. The TSSP4056, however, determines distance by varying the carrier frequency used to drive the emitter between 30kHz and 54kHz, thereby finding the threshold frequency at which the sensor just detects the object. This approach doesn't require the microcontroller to contain a DAC, thus lowering overall solution costs. The device released today offers proximity sensing from 10cm up to 2m and a > 4x dynamic range from its lowest to highest sensitivity. Used as a proximity sensor, the TSSP4056 is ideal for sensing the distance to objects for toys, drones, autonomous robots, and intelligent vicinity switches. The device may also be used as a simple reflective sensor for hand dryers, towel or soap dispensers, water faucets, and toilets; vending machine fall detection; and security and pet gates. To simplify designs, the TSSP4056 features a PIN photodiode and sensor IC in a compact moulded package measuring 6mm x 6.95mm x 5.6 mm. The IR sensor module operates at a supply voltage range from 2.5V to 5.5V and a typical supply current of 0.7 mA. The sensor is designed to receive IR pulses from an emitter with a peak wavelength of 940nm. The device is insensitive to supply voltage and ripple noise and provides shielding against EMI, while an IR filter suppresses visible light. The TSSP4056 is RoHS-compliant and halogen-free, says the company.


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