Ambient-Light Photo Sensors control display backlighting.

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Housed in miniature chipLED package, Models APDS-9005 and APDS-9006 minimize power consumption and save battery life. With peak spectral response of 500 nm, visual intelligence provided by sensors mimics human eye response by excluding UV and IR regions. Model APDS-9005 supports 1.8-5.5 V, while Model APDS-9006 supports 2.4-5.5 V, and both sustain temperature ranges of -40 to 85°C. Sensors are suited for handheld devices, notebook PCs, lighting management, and automobile interiors.

Original Press Release:

Avago Technologies' New Sensors Provide Visual Intelligence to Reduce Power Consumption In Mobile and Commercial Applications

Measures Ambient Light to Control Display Backlighting

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 29, 2007 -- Avago Technologies today announced two new ambient-light photo sensors in miniature chipLED packages. The company is a leading supplier of innovative semiconductor solutions for advanced communications, industrial and commercial applications. Designed to closely follow the human-eye spectral response curve, Avago's APDS-9005 and APDS-9006 ambient-light photo sensors significantly reduce power consumption and save battery life. The new sensors are ideal for mobile and commercial applications, such as handheld devices, notebooks PCs, lighting management, and automobile interiors that draw heavy current from display backlighting.

Avago's APDS-9005 (6-pin) and APDS-9006 (reverse mount 4-pin) are analog-current output ambient light photo sensors (ALPS) in a miniature chipLED lead-free package. With a peak spectral response of 500nm, the visual intelligence provided by the ALPSs effectively mimic the human-eye response range by excluding UV (ultra violet) and IR (infrared) regions. The new APDS-9005 supports 1.8-5.5V and the APDS-9006 supports 2.4-5.5V; both can sustain temperature ranges of -40 to 85 degrees C. Additionally, the tighter binning in the device results in a consistent level of reliability and high-performance.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the APDS-9005 and APDS-9006 begin at less than US$0.40 in moderate volumes. These products are available now through Avago's direct sales channel and worldwide distribution partners.

Avago's Infrared and Sensor Products
Avago Technologies offers the industry's broadest portfolio of IrDA transceivers, Interface ICs and discrete emitters and detectors. It is the only company to provide state-of-the-art transceivers and sensor solutions with fully integrated and complete IrDA hardware and software solutions, which help ensure customers achieve maximum application performance and realize the benefits of faster time-to-market and a reduction in system cost.

With its advanced infrared and sensing technology, the company continues to lead the industry to provide faster connectivity and integrated remote control ability while decreasing the overall system power. Catering to both current and emerging applications, Avago's diverse range of infrared solution and precision sensors (Proximity and Ambient Light sensors) are able to significantly improve the user interface in office, industrial, home, financial and entertainment-based systems.

Reputed to provide the best on-time delivery in the industry, Avago Technologies is the world's largest supplier of infrared transceivers, shipping more than 500 million units since releasing its first IrDA-compliant transceiver in 1994.

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About Avago Technologies
Avago Technologies is a leading supplier of innovative semiconductor solutions for advanced communications, industrial and commercial applications. With a global employee presence, Avago provides an extensive range of analog, mixed-signal and optoelectronic components and subsystems to more than 40,000 customers. The company's products serve four end markets: industrial and automotive, wired infrastructure, wireless communications, and computer peripherals. It is recognized for providing high-quality products along with strong customer service and the industry's best on-time delivery. Avago's heritage of technical innovation dates back 40 years to its Agilent/Hewlett-Packard roots. Information about Avago is available on the Web at

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