Farnell strengthens distribution agreement with ams OSRAM

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Farnell has strengthened its distribution agreement with ams OSRAM, a manufacturer of optical solutions, expanding its portfolio of LEDs, infrared emitters, photodiodes and sensors.

Design engineers will now be able to source from ams OSRAM’s extensive portfolio of complete optical solutions with the addition of new proximity, temperature and vital sign monitoring sensors and a comprehensive range of LEDs, photodiodes and infrared emitters.

Commenting on the agreement Simon Meadmore, Vice President of Product and Supplier Management at Farnell said, “We are committed to supporting our global supplier partners to launch new products and enhance our existing portfolio to meet the evolving needs of our customers. ams OSRAM’s robust product line enables design engineers to create highly compact, accurate and efficient low-power solutions that can be used across different industries to meet market demand.”

Pierre Laboisse, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing at ams OSRAM added, “With our cutting-edge products available globally, we can offer complete optical solutions for sensing, visualisation and lighting applications from a single source. Farnell’s complementary portfolio provides best value for our customers in the automotive, consumer, industrial and healthcare sectors.”

The enhanced range of solutions include:

The AS621X Series of Temperature Sensors. These sensors deliver a combination of accuracy and ultra-low power consumption in a tiny wafer-level package. They are suitable for a broad range of consumer electronic devices and wearables, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and health-related monitoring systems. The series consists of three models, including AS6212, AS6214 and AS6218, providing precise measurement with different temperature accuracies and ultra-low power consumption to meet demanding application requirements.

The compact size of each sensor ensures ease of integration and can feature up to eight different I²C addresses, which permits eight AS6221T devices to be used on one bus with no calibration or linearisation needed.

The TMD3725 Light, Colour and Proximity Sensor provides design flexibility for dark room or full sunlight operation. Key features include advanced proximity measurement, colour sense (RGBC+IR) and digital ambient light sensing. The senor also compensates for unwanted IR energy system crosstalk reflection and undesirable ambient light photodiode current. The slim module incorporates an IR LED and factory calibrated LED driver with RGB + IR filters, high sensitivity down to mLux levels, a 1M:1 dynamic range and 0.18µm processing technology with 1.8V I²C.

The MD3725-EVM Evaluation Kit for the TMD3725 sensor provides everything required to evaluate the sensor.

TMD27553M Ambient Light/Proximity Photo Sensor has been optimised for narrow bezel mobile phones but also provides industrial design flexibility with accurate ambient light sensing, enhanced proximity sensing and reduced power consumption. A proximity detection feature includes object recognition using photodiode detection of reflected IR energy (sourced by the integrated VCSEL). Detect and release events are interrupt driven and occur when the proximity result crosses the upper and/or lower threshold settings.

The proximity engine features a wide range offset adjustment to compensate for unwanted IR energy reflection at the sensor. Moreover, the automatic ambient light subtraction with ALS and IR photodiodes features dedicated data converters which have the capacity to produce 16-bit data. The extremely narrow 1.1mm module incorporates an IR VCSEL and factory calibrated VCSEL driver.

The AS7056 Biosignal Analogue Frontend (AFE) Sensor is the next generation of vital sign sensors enabling users to detect biosignals such as photoplethysmogram (PPG) and pulse transit time (PTT) as well as proximity measurements.

The AS7056 is an analogue frontend optimised for size and performance to support space-limited applications, such as in-ear vital sign monitoring, hearables, optical sensor platform, fitness band, smart watch, smart patches and heart rate monitors.

Optical blood pressure measurements and SpO2 are enabled by the two independent working photodiode inputs of the AS7056. The AS7056 also provides two LEDs and one VCSEL driver outputs and samples up to three photodiode inputs.