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Vishay's OPTO blog site for the latest in all things OPTO ~ articles, videos, and products

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

Miniature Minimold Through-Hole IR Receivers

New Miniature Minimold Through-Hole IR Receivers Offer Improved Optical Performance and RF Noise Rejection, Wave or Reflow Soldering Options Introducing two new series of miniature infrared (IR) receiver modules for … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

VEML6075 UVA, UVB Light Sensor Video

Industry’s First UVA and UVB Light Sensor one of Vishay’s 2016 Super12 product picks.  Watch this quick introduction video to find out why. click here to view the video Learn more … Continue reading

September 28, 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

Evaluation Board Demo: VOW137 Optocoupler

Product Demo: Evaluation Board Demo: VOW137 Optocoupler Switching test on VOW137 10 MBd high-speed optocoupler – run time 03:00 click here to view the video  

September 16, 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

Benefits of Solid-State Relays Over Electromechanical Relays Video

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July 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Designing the VCNL4100 into an Application

INTRODUCTION AND BASIC OPERATION The VCNL4100 is a fully integrated proximity and ambient light sensor. It combines an infrared emitter and photodiode for proximity measurement, ambient light sensor (ALS), and … Continue reading

July 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

High Linearity Photodiodes for Small Signal Detection Video

White board demonstration showing increased reliability of high linearity photodiodes versus standard photodiodes.  Vishay high linearity devices deliver fast response times in three low-profile, surface-mount packages for automotive and industrial … Continue reading

July 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

VSMD66694 Dual-Color IR Emitting Diode

A new dual-color IR emitting diode designed to save space in wearable devices and medical patient monitoring systems. Offered in a compact 2 mm by 2 mm by 0.87 mm … Continue reading

June 1, 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

VLMU3510-365-130 Ceramic-Based, High-Power UV LED

Introducing the new LED VLMU35xx series of ceramic-based, high-power UV LEDs with silicone lenses that features a wavelength in the 365 nm range. Designed to provide a reliable, energy-saving replacement … Continue reading

May 18, 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

VEML6075 Integrated UVA and UVB Light Sensor

NEW integrated ultraviolet (UV) light sensor for the detection of UVA and UVB light intensity. Featuring Filtron™ technology for high UV sensitivity and linearity, the Vishay Semiconductors VEML6075 incorporates an … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

TSSP4056 Fast Proximity Sensor

New infrared (IR) sensor designed to provide fast, low-cost proximity sensing in a variety of systems. The Vishay Semiconductors TSSP4056 is the industry’s first fixed-gain sensor containing a band-pass filter … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Sensors for Automotive and Industrial Applications

Links: View the video Datasheets: TCUT1600X01, TCPT1600X01

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Light-to-Digital: VEML6030 Ambient Light Sensor

New Ambient Light Sensor Enables Spectral Sensitivity Similar to Human Eye for Consumer Applications Links: View the video Read the NPI Download the datasheet Development boards and software

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

TCPT1600X01 and TCUT1600X01 Sensors for Automotive and Industrial Applications

Introducing two new AEC-Q101-qualified surface-mount transmissive optical sensors for automotive and industrial applications. Offered in a compact 5.5 mm by 4 mm by 5.7 mm package, the Vishay Semiconductors single-channel … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

What Color Is IT! Demo Video

Demo video showing how the VEML6040 RGBW can see your color! click here to view the video

March 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

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
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