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Time-of-flight sensor evaluation kit in stock at Mouser

10th September 2020
Mick Elliott

An evaluation kit that allows engineers to evaluate the operation of the ams TMF8801 1D time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for applications such as smartphones, industrial robotics, and autonomous appliances is available at Mouser Electronics.

The ams TMF8801-EVM includes a ToF sensor enclosure and sample glass, USB type A to micro-USB cable, USB flash drive with EVM GUI software, and EVM documentation.

The onboard ToF sensor offers accurate depth accuracy detection through a sub-nanosecond light pulse and an anti-aliasing "stop-watch" method to measure round-trip time of the pulse. The TMF8801 provides single-zone detection of an object irrespective of the colour, reflectivity, and texture.

This single module with VCSEL emitter offers high dynamic range and detection sensing measurements with a 20 mm to 2500 mm distance range.

This device utilises highly sensitive single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) detection with fast compact time-to-digital converters to make highly accurate distance measurements within ±5 percent and is capable of operation in both dark environments and in the presence of sunlight.

At just 2.2 mm × 3.6 mm × 1.0 mm, the TMF8801 is more than 30 % smaller than other ToF sensors on the market.

It suits compact, space-constrained designs in applications such as laser detect auto-focus (LDAF), presence detection, industrial ranging, object and collision avoidance, fast ranging navigation detection, and inventory control.

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