Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the VL53L1X time-of-flight (ToF) proximity sensor from STMicroelectronics (ST). Part of ST’s FlightSense product family, the VL53L1X is the fastest miniature ToF sensor on the market, boasting accurate distance measurement up to 4 meters and fast-ranging frequency up to 50 Hz.
The ST VL53L1X ToF proximity sensor, available from Mouser Electronics, is an all-in-one miniature module that contains a 940 nm laser driver and emitter, as well as a single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) photodetector array for exceptional ranging speed and reliability. The VL53L1X offers a typical field of view (FoV) of 27 degrees with a programmable region-of-interest (ROI) size on the SPAD array, which enables a reduced FoV and multizone operation control from the host.
The VL53L1X proximity sensor utilizes a single power supply and I2C interface, and is pin-to-pin compatible with ST’s previous-generation VL53L0X sensor, allowing for easy replacement in existing products. The versatile sensor supports laser-assisted autofocus and video focus tracking assistance, making it suitable for a variety of applications, including user detection in personal computers, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smart vending machines, smart lighting, service robots, and drones.
The VL53L1X sensor is supported by the X-NUCLEO-53L1A1 expansion board and the P-NUCLEO-53L1A1 evaluation kit. The X-NUCLEO-53L1A1 expansion board for ST Nucleo STM32 development boards includes two VL53L1X breakout boards, as well as a cover glass holder and three spacers of different height to simulate an environment as close as possible to the final application. The P-NUCLEO-53L1A1 evaluation kit includes everything included with the X-NUCLEO-53L1A1 and adds an STM32F401RE Nucleo board, which provides an affordable and flexible way for users to try out new ideas and build prototypes with any STM32 microcontroller.
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