Ambient and Infrared Proximity Sensor

Industry's Lowest Power Integrated Ambient Light and Proximity Sensor Provides Reliable Measurements
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MAX44000 Active: In Production. See Ordering Information for details.


MAX44000 combines a wide-dynamic range ambient light sensor with an integrated infrared proximity sensor, making it a perfect solution for touch-screen portable devices.

MAX44000 consumes as little as 11µA (time averaged) in ambient light sensing plus proximity sensing, including external IR LED current.

The on-chip ambient light sensor is capable of wide dynamic range 0.03 lux to 65,535 lux measurements. An on-chip IR proximity detector is matched with an integrated IR LED driver. All readings are available on an I²C communication bus. A programmable interrupt pin minimizes the need to poll the device for data, freeing up microcontroller resources, reducing system software overhead, and ultimately, reducing power consumption.

MAX44000 is designed to drive an external IR LED and can operate from a VDD of 1.7V to 3.6V. It consumes just 5µA operating current when only the ambient light sensor is enabled and 7µA when the proximity receiver and driver are enabled.

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An evaluation board is available: MAX44000EVSYS MAX44000PMB1 MAXPMBAE

Key Features

  • Tiny, 2mm x 2mm x 0.6mm UTDFN-Opto Package
  • VDD = 1.7V to 3.6V
  • Low-Power Operation
    • 5µA in Ambient Mode
    • 7µA in Ambient Plus Proximity Mode
    • 70µA in Ambient Plus Proximity Mode, Including 100mA LED Current
  • Excellent Light-Source Matching
    • Programmable Green and IR Channel Gains
  • Integrated Single-Pulse IR LED Driver
    • 10mA to 110mA Programmable Range
    • Internal Ambient Cancellation
  • -40°C to +105°C Temperature Range


  • Accessories
  • Industrial Sensors
  • Presence Detection
  • Smartphones

Key Specifications:

Optical Sensors
Part Number Sensor Type ISUPPLY
Output Type Dynamic Range
ADC Conv. Time
ADC Conv. Time
Features Oper. Temp.
typ min max min max See Notes
7 1.7 3.6 I2C 0.03 to 65,535 1.56 100 Interrupt -40 to +105 $1.65 @1k
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Pricing Notes:

This pricing is BUDGETARY, for comparing similar parts. Prices are in U.S. dollars and subject to change. Quantity pricing may vary substantially and international prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees, and exchange rates. For volume-specific and version-specific prices and delivery, please see the price and availability page or contact an authorized distributor.


MAX44000: Typical Applications Circuit
Typical Applications Circuit

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Document Ref.: 19-5859 Rev 0; 2011-11-18
This page last modified: 2012-05-14