Miniature Surface-Mount Ambient Light Photo Sensor

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The APDS-9008 is a low cost  true 1.8V analog-output ambient photo sensor in miniature chipLED lead free surface mount package. It consists of a photo sensor, whose spectral response is close to the CIE standard photopic observer.

The APDS-9008 is ideal for portable electronic devices applications in which the measurement of ambient light is used to control backlighting. Mobile appliances such as the mobile phones and PDAs that draw heavy current from display backlighting will benefit from incorporating these photo sensor products in their design by reducing power consumption significantly.


  • Spectral responsivity close to that of human eye
  • Miniature ChipLED Leadfree surface-mount package
Height – 0.55 mm
Width – 1.60 mm
Depth – 1.50 mm
  • Low sensitivity variation across various light sources
  • Operating temperature : -40°C to 85°C
  • Low Vcc supply of 1.6V to 5.5V,
  • Lead-free package, RoHS compliance
  • Output linearity across wide illumination range


  • Detection of ambient light to control display backlighting :
    • Mobile devices – Mobile phones, PDAs
    • Computing devices – Notebooks, Webpads
    • Consumer devices – TVs, Video Cameras, Digital Still Camera
  • Automatic Residential and Commercial Lighting Management
  • Electronic Signs and Signals

Lifecycle Status


Substance Compliance

  • RoHS6
    Fully Compliant
Specification Value
Lifecycle Active
Distrib. Inventory Yes
Size (mm) 1.60 (W) x 1.50 (D) x 0.55 (H)
Package 6 pin – ChipLED
Supply Voltage (V) 1.6 - 5.5
Typical Output Current @ 100 Lux (uA) 40
Peak Sensitive Wavelength (nm) 565