ROHM Semiconductor launches infrared LEDs for proximity sensing

Jan. 28, 2011
San Diego, CA--A new series of high-performance infrared LEDs ideally suited for proximity sensor applications is now available from ROHM Semiconductor.

San Diego, CA--A new series of high-performance infrared LEDs ideally suited for proximity sensor applications is now available from ROHM Semiconductor. ROHM says the SIM-030/031ST and SIM-040/041ST surface-mount IR LEDs feature breakthrough IR wavelength technology providing peak output of 850/870 nm, compared to 950 nm for comparable devices. The 850/870 nm level is much closer to the peak wave sensitivity of phototransistors (sensors), thus achieving higher efficiency proximity sensing and energy savings of up to 66%. In addition, the small package footprint and low-profile further enhance their application in cell phones and other portable devices.

The SIM-030/031ST, the smaller of the two devices, has a 2.3 mm x 1.95 mm footprint and a height of just 0.9 mm. With a forward current (IF) of 100 mA, the device delivers typical emission strength of 30 mW/sr (milliwatts per steradian). The slightly larger SIM-040/041ST (3.1 mm x 2.25 mm x 1.6 mm) provides 40 mW/sr, typical emission strength.

Field application engineer for ROHM Semiconductor, Avi Elmaleh, said, "The combination of ROHM’s advanced process technology and packaging has resulted in a superior product for space-constrained proximity sensing. The SIM-030/031ST is the perfect choice for power saving in cell phones, turning off the display when the device is closer to the ear."

The IR LEDs complement ROHM’s series of receivers, photointerrupters, tilt sensors, and remote control modules. Small OEM quantity pricing is $0.75 with samples available now and delivery 14 weeks ARO.

SOURCE: ROHM Semiconductor; www.rohm.com/news/110126.html

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