Maxim's Highly Integrated Optical Sensors Measure RGB, Ambient Light, Proximity Motion, Infrared, and Temperature

Jul 10, 2012, 09:00 ET from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxim Integrated Products (NASDAQ: MXIM) announces four, new digital optical sensors that advance analog integration with sensor fusion.


The MAX44004/05/06/08 measure red/green/blue (RGB) light levels, ambient visible light (ALS), proximity to the sensor, ambient infrared (IR) levels, and temperature. As many as seven sensors are integrated into one compact optical package. The sensors provide robust and repeatable measurements and the MAX44005/MAX44006/MAX44008 all consume an industry-low 20uA each. The high integration reduces system cost, eliminates several external components, and greatly simplifies design. These optical sensors can be used in a wide variety of applications such as smartphones, tablets, portable consumer devices, displays, digital light management, security systems, and medical devices.

Optical sensors provide higher levels of integration

  • The MAX44004 is a low-power ALS that consumes only 5uA.
  • The MAX44006/MAX44008 integrate RGB color sensors plus an ALS (clear), an ambient IR, and temperature sensors.
  • The MAX44005 includes an RGB color sensor plus an ALS (clear), ambient IR, IR proximity, and temperature sensors.  

Industry commentary

  • "There is a progression of trends toward a world where everything is connected, where sensors become pervasive and technology virtually disappears," said Chae Lee, Senior Vice President of Maxim's Mobility Group. "Our goal is for these devices to be a natural extension of ourselves."

Temperature range, packaging, and availability

  • The MAX44005/MAX44006/MAX44008 are guaranteed over the -40 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius temperature range.
  • MAX44004 is guaranteed over the -40 degrees Celsius to +105 degrees Celsius temperature range.
  • All sensors are available in a 2mm x 2mm x 0.6mm optical package.
  • Pricing starts at $1.20 (1000-up, FOB USA).

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About Maxim Maxim makes highly integrated analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. Maxim reported revenue of approximately $2.5 billion for fiscal 2011. For more information, go to


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