The TCS3400 device family provides color and IR (red, green, blue, clear and IR) ambient light sensing. The improved accuracy lux and color temperature measurement from color sensing is typically used to adjust the backlight intensity and correct the display color gamut. Additionally it can be used for light source type detection as it reports the IR content of the light.
The TCS3400 Evaluation Kit comes with everything needed to evaluate the TCS3400 color sensor. The evaluation kit comprises of a main controller board with a PIC microcontroller, an industry standard USB 2.0 interface (with an USB cable), a TCS3400 daughter card, "plug-n-play" USB HID class drivers, software documentation, and GUI software allowing users to control the color sensor settings as the PIC takes the TCS3400 I2C digital outputs to calculate illuminance in lux and color temperature.
The device features advanced digital ambient light sensing (ALS) and CIE 1931 tristimulus color sensing (XYZ). Each of the channels has a filter to control its optical response, which allows the device to accurately measure ambient light and sense color. These measurements are used to calculate chromaticity, illuminance and color temperature, all of which are used to support various potential applications. The TCS3430 is ideally suited for use in smartphone applications to improve color measurement and intensity of ambient light conditions. The sensor can also be used to assist the smartphone camera sensor with color sensing of ambient light to enhance and improve picture white balance to deliver more realistic and vibrant images.
The TCS3707 is a very-high sensitivity light-to-digital converter that features ambient light and color (RGB) sensing, proximity and flicker detection. The Ambient light and color sensing function provide five rrent ambient light sensing channels: Red, Green, Blue, Clear, and Wideband. The RGB and Clear channels have a UV/IR blocking filter. This architecture accurately measures ambient light and enables the calculation of illuminance, chromaticity, and color temperature to manage display appearance. The proximity function synchronizes IR emission and detection to sense nearby objects. The IR driver needs to be connected to an external LED or VCSEL emitter. The architecture of the engine features self-maximizing dynamic range, ambient light subtraction, advanced optical crosstalk noise cancellation, data output and interrupt-driven 1.8V I²C communications interface. Sensitivity, power consumption, and noise can be optimized with adjustable IR LED timing and power. The device integrates direct detection of 50Hz or 60Hz ambient light flicker. Flicker detection is executed in parallel with ambient light and color sensing and has independent gain configuration. The flicker detection engine can also buffer data for calculating other flicker frequencies externally.