Toshiba Announces New Photo-IC Ambient Light Sensor for Consumer Electronics and Computer Displays

New Ultra-Compact and Surface Mount Photo-IC Sensor Reduces Power Consumption and Improves Visibility of Display

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)* introduced the TPS859, a new ultra-compact device, to its family of photo-IC ambient light sensors (ALS). Developed by Toshiba Corp. (Toshiba) the new photo-IC sensor incorporates a photodiode, a current amplifier and a luminous-efficiency correction (LEC) function in a single chip that is ideal for use in flat panel displays and various home appliances, and is also suitable for use in cell phones, notebook PCs, PDAs, camcorders, digital cameras, and other equipment requiring luminosity adjustment. The sensor can be used to turn a keypad or LCD backlight on or off, or adjust the brightness according to the ambient light condition.

The TPS859 provides ultra-high sensitivity with light current (IL) of 230microA(1) compared with 40microA(1) in the previous generation TPS852 -- an almost 6x improvement. The device also employs a new optical filtering technology which achieves luminous efficiency near to that of the human eye. The filter is able to reduce the ratio of incandescent to fluorescent light sensitivity (IL) from 1.2 (typ.) in the TPS852 to 1.0 (typ.) for the TPS859. The combination of the 16 percent improvement in the sensitivity ratio and the six-fold increase in sensitivity makes TPS859 the most robust device in the Toshiba ALS product line.

"The ultra-compact surface-mount package expands the potential applications for the TPS859, which could range from large applications such as flat panel displays and various home appliances to small applications including cell phones and digital cameras," explains Roger Shih, business development engineer for the optoelectronics group at TAEC. "In addition, the new filtering technology and the lower operating voltage improve both the sensitivity and the power saving capabilities of the component."

With excellent output linearity across various light sources, Toshiba's RoHS-compatible(2) TPS859 photo-IC ALS features an ultra-compact surface-mount package that measures 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.55 mm. The TPS859 can operate from 1.8V to 5.5V, which makes it ideal for battery-powered applications.

    TPS859 - Absolute Maximum Ratings (Ta = 25 degrees C)

    Characteristics                 Symbol              Rating
    Supply Voltage                  VCC                 -0.5 to 6 V
    Operating Temperature           Topr                -30 to 85 degrees C

    TPS859 - Technical Specifications

    Characteristics                 Value               Condition
    Peak Sensitivity Wavelength     550 nm
     ^P (typ.)
                                                         VCC=3V, EV=100lx
    Light Current IL(1)             Typical: 230 microA (using CIE standard A

                                    Min.: 160 microA     VCC=3V, EV=100lx
    Light Current IL(2)             Typical: 230 microA (using F10 fluorescent
                                    Max: 320 microA      light)

    Light Current Ratio IL(1)/IL(2) 1.0                  VCC=3V, EV=100lx

    Dark Current ILEAK (max)        0.2 microA           VCC=3V, EV = 0lx

    Package                         6-Pin SMD 1.6 mm x
                                    1.6 mm x 0.55mm

Pricing and Availability

Samples of the Toshiba TPS859 Photo-IC ALS are available now, priced at $0.35 each in 10Kp quantities.

Toshiba's Discrete Products

Since 1986, Toshiba Corp. has ranked as the top discrete supplier on a worldwide basis, based on annual revenue from international shipments of total discrete products. According to the most recent annual report from market research firm Gartner Dataquest (San Jose, CA), Toshiba remained the top discrete semiconductor supplier. (Source: "2007 Worldwide Semiconductor Market Share Report," Gartner, released April 2008). More specifically, Toshiba is a leading supplier in a number of discrete product categories, including power transistors, rectifiers and thyristors, LMOS logic, CMOS logic, photocouplers, Toslinks(TM), LEDs, small signal diodes and transistors. The company's discrete devices are designed to meet the growing demand for high-performance and lower voltages in today's wireless telecommunications and consumer electronics applications, while emphasizing its strength in the automotive and industrial markets.

*About TAEC and Toshiba Corp.

Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, distributions and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, discrete devices, displays, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, digital multimedia and imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics and more.

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's third largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, 2007 WW Semiconductor Revenue Ranking, April 2008). For additional company and product information, please visit

Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications. In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's "Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook." This information is available at, or from your TAEC representative.

    (1) Typical value at the following conditions:  VCC = 3V, EV = 100 lx.

    (2) Toshiba Semiconductor Company defines "RoHS-Compatible" semiconductor
        products as products that either (i) contain no more than a maximum
        concentration value of 0.1% by weight in homogeneous materials for
        lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs)
         and  polybrominated  diphenyl  ethers  (PBDEs)  and  no  more  than  0.01%  by
                weight  in  homogenous  materials  for  cadmium;  or  (ii)  fall  within  one  of
                the  stated  exemptions  set  forth  in  the  Annex  to  the  RoHS  Directive(3).

        (3)  Toshiba  Semiconductor  Company  defines  the  "RoHS  Directive"  as  the
                Directive  2002/95/EC  of  the  European  Parliament  and  of  the  Council  of
                27  January  2003  on  the  restriction  of  the  use  of  certain  hazardous
                substances  in  electrical  and  electronic  equipment.

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