Austria-based AMS, a supplier of high-performance sensor solutions, has released a new XYZ “tri-stimulus” color sensor which offers higher sensitivity and a wider choice of conversion times than any other previous device of its type. The AS73211 extends the existing AMS portfolio of TCS3430 and AS7261 true color sensors and addresses the requirements of high-end displays, spotlights and colorimeters.
A member of the AMS JENCOLOR® family of color sensors, the AS73211 provides enhanced optical characteristics because of its filter-on-glass technology. It offers light and color measurements closely matching a typical human eye’s perception of light, as defined by the industry-standard CIE 1931 tri-stimulus model of human eye function.
The new sensor measures color accurately at light levels from 0.4 lux up to 208 kilolux – a wide dynamic range of 250,000,000:1, enabling effective operation in widely varying lighting conditions, from moonlight to bright sunshine.
The high sensitivity of the AS73211 makes it particularly suitable for precise measurements of dark objects and materials, such as black pixels on a display screen, dark skin, black paint or soil, even in low light conditions. The sensor’s 24-bit integrated light-to-digital converter offers the ability to configure the conversion time in a range from 125 µs to 16s, allowing users to adjust operation for optimal balance between speed of measurement and precision.
The AS73211’s low power consumption and an automatic power-down mode support use in low-energy and handheld applications.
Applications which will benefit from the high performance and small size of the AS73211 include:
- medical and high-end professional displays, for white color balancing and display color management
- spotlights, projection systems and video wall modules, for control of power LEDs
- professional hair and skin tone analyzers
- professional and industrial color picking and matching equipment
- aviation display and lighting controls – a single AS73211 can support feedback control over the entire output range from full brightness to deeply dimmed
In these and other applications, the AS73211’s integrated silicon interference filter provides extremely stable performance over time and temperature, and with no further calibration required for the lifetime of the end product.
The very high performance of the device is due in part to the unusually large sensing area on the surface of the chip. Because of the advanced electrical and optical design of the device, however, AMS is able to house it in a compact 16-lead QFN package which is also highly resistant to the effects of exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
The stable thermal characteristics of the filter mean that AMS is able to qualify the AS73211 for operation over a wide temperature range of -40 degrees C to 125 degrees C. Internal compensation based on readings from the AS73211’s integrated temperature sensor ensure that the accuracy of color measurement is maintained over the entire operating temperature range.