Accurately Detect Clear, Red, Green, Blue and Infrared Light with Industry's Smallest IO-Link Ambient Light Sensor

 Accurately Detect Clear, Red, Green, Blue and Infrared Light with Industry's
                    Smallest IO-Link Ambient Light Sensor

Maxim Integrated's Santa Cruz ambient light sensor integrates the IO-Link
protocol to simplify high-accuracy industrial sensing

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Using the Santa Cruz
(MAXREFDES23#) ambient light sensor (ALS) from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.
(NASDAQ: MXIM), factories can quickly configure and monitor multiple red,
green, blue (RGB) and infrared (IR) ambient light sensors with the high
accuracy required in industrial applications.


To stay competitive and maintain high quality, modern factories must be agile,
maximizing "uptime" while reducing costs. The Santa Cruz ALS solution enables
connected factories. This reference system provides a wide, dynamic range of
clear, RGB, and IR light, and temperature data. Santa Cruz is tuned to the
response of the human eye for accurate system function relative to visible
light. In addition, it is unsurpassed for light sensitivity and low latency.
The integrated IO-Link® software and device stack automatically configure the
sensor without additional programming, saving valuable time and resources.
Additionally, Santa Cruz fits on a tiny 6.5mm x 25mm printed circuit board
(PCB), making it the industry's smallest ALS system.

Key Advantages

  oSmall size: Industry's smallest ambient light sensing system.
  oHigh integration: Integrates six highly accurate clear light, RGB and IR
    sensors; a temperature sensor; an economical and ultra-low-power
    microcontroller; dual integrated 3.3V and 5V linear regulators;
    programmable flash memory; and IO-Link software.
  oHigh sensitivity: Sensitive over a range of 57,542 lux to 0.001 lux, at
    low power.
  oEase of configuration: IO-Link enabled, which allows simple identification
    and connection to existing industrial systems.


  o"The Santa Cruz system is a result of Maxim's successful partnership with
    Renesas Electronics Europe and TMG Technologie und Engineering," said
    David Andeen, Reference Design Manager at Maxim Integrated. "The Renesas®
    RL78 ultra-low-power microcontroller and TMG's IO-Link software provide
    the ideal complement to Maxim's accurate light sensor and IO-Link modem.
    The combination of these products with our IO-Link modem creates a
    platform for a variety of IO-Link sensor solutions."
  o"The industrial sensors market is trending toward higher accuracy and
    chip-level integration and miniaturization," said Dr. Rajender Thusu, Lead
    Sensors and Instruments Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "The Santa Cruz
    reference design furthers these trends to enable the factory of the

Availability and Pricing

  oThe Santa Cruz system is available on a 6.5mm x 25mm printed circuit board
    with M12 connector for immediate IO-Link connectivity.
  oPricing starts at $99 (FOB USA).
  oFor information on other reference designs, please visit Maxim's Reference
    Design Center.

Hi-res images for the Santa Cruz reference design and the Santa Cruz schematic
are available.

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