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Sneak Peak ~ Sensors EXPO 2017

  Sensors EXPO 2017 June 28-29 McEnery Convention Center San Jose, California Booth 1410

June 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video – VCNL4035X01 Optical Sensor

Integrated proximity and ambient light sensor for gesture applications Watch Video Product Details

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Optoelectronics for IoV and VR Applications

    VCNL4020X01 Short-Range Proximity Sensor Distance up to 20 cm Integrated proximity sensor and ambient light sensor, including infrared emitter Programmable drive current to control range 16-bit proximity resolution … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Optical filters for CMOS integrated photodetectors

FILTRONTM Technology Optical filters on CMOS integrated photodetectors make optoelectronic sensors possible for wavelengths from the ultraviolet to the near-infrared range. The compact, surface-mount technology components have 16-bit resolution and high … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

SSRs, a Solid Alternative to an Age Old Challenge

Electrical relays have been around since the civil war. It is safe to say that they are not “leading edge” technology.  Yet, they are ubiquitous.  It is doubtful that you … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Round or Square? Vote for your favorite…

We are designing some OPTO coasters and need your expert eye (and subjective opinion). Round or Square?  vote below  

October 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Remote Control Window Sizing Tool

A new online tool from the Optoelectronics group is speeding up a time-consuming task for designers of home entertainment systems. Anything that uses a remote control needs a window with precise … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Robot Battles (or… this is what happens when German engineers have spare time in the lab)

In the Vishay, Heilbronn Germany, Opto lab they decided to have a bit of fun with Vishay components.  These little guys have LEDS and IREDs as weapons (and one has a IREDs nose).  … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Adafruit creates nifty 3rd-party board for VEML6070

Adafruit creates small PCB board using Vishay’s VEML6070 for a quick and simple way to add UV light sensing to any microcontroller project.  They also provide a nice library of design documents; pinouts, … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hockey Player-Tracking Technology

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August 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Accurate Control of Indoor White LED Light Scenarios

While the brightness and color effect must be specified and implemented at the time of installation of conventional light sources, the arrival of white LEDs for indoor use presents the … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Because who doesn’t like kittens!

We recently posted an article about a “magic” cat doorbell.  This doorbell was created for Leonie the cat.  Turns out that Leonie, who is 3 years old, had kittens 3 … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Science Behind Activity Trackers

Today, being physically fit has become a way of life for many. Eating healthy foods, sleeping seven to eight hours a night, and exercising daily are the basic building blocks. … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Magic” Cat Doorbell

Creating a “Magic” Cat Doorbell with the TSSP4P38 Proximity Sensor By Andreas Freiherr Leonie and her family live in a building with seven other families. Like many cats, Leonie loves … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 3 Comments

Hairy Tarantulas and Display Technology

Poecilotheria metallica-Wikipedia February 2016 Here is something fascinating, or perhaps fascinatingly terrifying — depending on your level of arachnophobia. We ran across this article on tarantulas and how their unique … Continue reading

March 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Optical Sensors Application Notes

Sure, we’ve released some very cool optical sensor products over the past several months but I hear you asking yourself…  how and where do I use these bad-boys?  And no, we … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Make Dumb Appliances Smart with Opto-Isolation

    Even the humble coffee maker now has sophisticated microprocessor-based power control features. This requires the control of AC power using sensitive digital devices on the same board. Vishay’s … Continue reading

March 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

We won what???? Sweet…

You were probably busy with holiday fun when this came out in December.  So here is a re-cap. YAY!!!!  VLD.1235.. series of super red, red, amber, and yellow ultra-bright LEDs in … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Part 4, the Final Episode of “A Brief History and Evolution of Automotive Transmissive Sensors”

The Fully Evolved TCUT1800X01 The TCUT1800X01 is a 4-channel transmissive sensor designed for incremental and absolute encoder applications. The sensor combines two infrared emitters with four detector channels in a … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Part 3 of “A Brief History and Evolution of Automotive Transmissive Sensors”

The TCPT- and TCUT1600X01 Period Imagine the lowly knob on your dashboard which controls the radio volume or the menu of your control display. It is an appendage that commands … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Part 2 of “A Brief History and Evolution of Automotive Transmissive Sensors”

The TCPT- and TCUT1300X01 Period Automotive customers needed a transmissive sensor that could operate at higher temperatures and was qualified to AEC-Q101 standards. The molding compound of the emitter and … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Part 1 of “A Brief History and Evolution of Automotive Transmissive Sensors”

The Pre-Triassic Period At the dawn of the present era, transmissive sensors in automotive systems took the form of an emitter-detector pair in through-hole packaging that was wave-soldered to a … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dark Side of the Moon

Hopefully you had the time, and clear skies, to watch the lunar eclipse that occurred this past Sunday night. The moon was at its perigee, the point in the orbit … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Pulse Oximetry – Near Infrared Spectroscopy

Pulse Oximetry – Near Infrared Spectroscopy I recently received an e-mail from Owlet Baby Care saying that they were introducing a pulse oximeter for the infant market.  The device will … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

The One Thing Burglars Hate

Who isn’t fed up with the grainy images of burglars shown on the nightly news?  Photos that are so poor that even the thief’s own mother couldn’t recognize him. Uniview, … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · Leave a comment
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