Maxim Integrated Products (San Jose, CA) has announced 4 new digital optical sensors that advance analog integration with sensor fusion. The MAX44004/05/06/08 sensors measure red/green/ blue (RGB) light levels, ambient visible light (ALS), proximity to the sensor, ambient infrared (IR) levels, and temperature. As many as seven sensors are integrated into the compact optical package. The MAX44005, MAX44006, and MAX44008 each consume 20μA each. The MAX44004 is a low-power ALS that consumes only 5μA.

The MAX44006 and MAX44008 integrate RGB color sensors plus an ALS (clear), an ambient IR, and temperature sensors. The MAX44005, MAX44006, and MAX44008 are guaranteed over the -40°C to +85°C temperature range, and the MAX44004 is guaranteed over the -40°C to +105°C temperature range. All sensors are available in a 2 × 2 × 0.6 mm optical package.

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