A new series of high-performance Infrared LEDs ideally suited for proximity sensor applications is now available from ROHM Semiconductor. The ROHM SIM-030/031ST and SIM-040/041ST are the latest additions to the ROHM Optical Sensors Series of infrared light emitters, infrared light receivers, photointerrupters, tilt sensors, IrDA modules and remote control modules.

Infrared LED for Proximity Sensing SystemsThe SIM-030/031ST and SIM-040/041ST surface-mount IR LEDs feature breakthrough IR wavelength technology providing peak output of 850/870 nm, compared to 950 nm for comparable devices. The 850/870 nm level is much closer to the peak wave sensitivity of phototransistors (sensors), thus achieving higher efficiency proximity sensing and energy savings of up to 66%. In addition, the small package footprint and low-profile further enhance their application in cell phones and other portable devices.

The SIM-030/031ST, the smaller of the two devices, has a 2.3 mm x 1.95 mm footprint and a height of just 0.9 mm. With a forward current (IF) of 100 mA, the device delivers typical emission strength of 30 mW/sr (milliwatts per steradian). The slightly larger SIM-040/041ST (3.1 mm x 2.25 mm x 1.6 mm) provides 40 mW/sr, typical emission strength.

Field Application Engineer for ROHM Semiconductor, Avi Elmaleh, said, “The combination of ROHM’s advanced process technology and packaging has resulted in a superior product for space-constrained proximity sensing. The SIM-030/031ST is the perfect choice for power saving in cell phones, turning off the display when the device is closer to the ear.”