342460 2460 - Pololu 38 kHz IR Proximity Sensor, Fixed Gain, High Brightness

2460 - Pololu 38 kHz IR Proximity Sensor, Fixed Gain, High Brightness

This module features a fixed-gain, 38 kHz modulated IR sensor and a corresponding IR LED with oscillator circuit to make a tiny proximity sensor. This high-brightness version draws an average of 16 mA and has a typical sensing range up to approximately 24 inches (60 cm).
Categories
Prices are VAT included
€5.92 Price
€4.85 + VAT

Qty
 

Details

This module features a fixed-gain, 38 kHz modulated IR sensor and a corresponding IR LED with oscillator circuit to make a tiny proximity sensor. This high-brightness version draws an average of 16 mA and has a typical sensing range up to approximately 24 inches (60 cm).

These sensor modules are based on Vishay’s TSSP77038 modulated infrared receivers. Unlike most IR receiver modules designed for remote control of appliances like televisions, the TSSP77038 has a fixed gain (sensitivity) that makes the sensor more predictable when used in proximity or reflectance sensors. The Pololu carrier module combines the TSSP77038 with an IR LED driven by a 555 timer-based circuit to make a complete sensor module that requires only a 3.3 V to 5 V power connection. An enable input allows control of whether or not the IR LED is on, and a digital output indicates whether or not an object is detected. The module is available in low-brightness and high-brightness versions, which provide detection ranges of up to approximately 12 inches (30 cm) and 24 inches (60 cm), respectively. The actual performance depends on many factors, including object size, reflectivity, and ambient lighting conditions.

Using the sensor

Connections

The proximity sensor has four connections: ground (GND), logic power (VDD), digital detection indicator (OUT), and IR emitter enable (ENABLE).

The logic power, VDD, should be between 3.3 V and 5 V. Supplying less than 5 V will decrease the IR LED brightness and decrease the sensing range. To run the sensor at full brightness while powered at 3.3 V, bridge the surface mount jumper located on the emitter side of the board.

The OUT pin, which is high by default, remains low as long as the TSSP77038 receiver is detecting a sufficient signal. When at the edge of the detection range, this output will alternate between high and low. A red LED on the emitter side of the board is tied to this output and turns on when the pin goes low, providing a visual indication of when the sensor is detecting something.

The ENABLE pin turns off the IR emitter LED when it is set low. This pin is high by default and can be left disconnected if dynamic control of the IR emitter is not needed. A green LED on the emitter side of the board is connected in parallel with the IR LED, making it easy to tell when the IR LED is on.

The four connections are arranged with a 0.1″ spacing along the edge of the board for compatibility with solderless breadboards,connectors, and other prototyping arrangements that use a 0.1″ grid. You can solder wires directly to the board or solder in either the 4×1straight male header strip or the 4×1 right-angle male header strip that is included.

 Tuning the emitter frequency

The trimmer potentiometer on the receiver side of the sensor can be used to adjust frequency of the IR emitter LED. The sensing distance can be maximized by tuning for 38 kHz, or it can be intentionally detuned to shorten the sensing range. If you have the appropriate equipment, you can tune it by setting the actual frequency, but a simpler approach is to just observe the performance as you turn the pot. The sensor should work to at least some degree over the entire range of the pot.

Limitations

  • This sensor will only tell you if an object is within its sensing range, not how far away it is. At the edge of its detection range, the output will alternate between high and low as it sporadically detects (see the left oscilloscope capture below).
  • The sensor is merely looking at whether or not it is getting any signal back, so object size and reflectivity (to IR) will affect sensing range.
  • The sensing angle is relatively wide in both directions. The high-brightness version in particular might require extra consideration when mounting to prevent seeing surfaces parallel to the sensor’s line of sight. For many applications, additional shielding can be used to block undesirable sensing paths, such as reflections off of the ground, or to reduce interference from ambient lighting. When applying shielding, keep in mind that reflection off the shielding itself can cause undesired activation of the sensor.
  • This sensor can be triggered by ambient IR (e.g. from fluorescent lights; see the right oscilloscope capture below). Some optical shielding, such as by having the sensor mounted receiver-side-down when fluorescent lights are above, might mitigate this. Some advanced analysis of the correlation between the output and toggling of the enable input might also be used to mitigate ambient interference.
  • Multiple sensors can interfere with each other. Multi-module applications might require use of the enable inputs to limit interference.


Schematic as a downloadable pdf (169k pdf).

Vishay TSSP77038 IR receiver module datasheet (268k pdf)

Specifications

Part. No. : 2460

Product Tags

Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.

Questions on 2460 - Pololu 38 kHz IR Proximity Sensor, Fixed Gain, High Brightness

No questions asked yet

Register or Login to ask a question.
Register or Login to ask a question.
  1. 3520 - Sharp Distance Sensor 2D120X (4-30cm)

    193520 3520 - Sharp Distance Sensor 2D120X (4-30cm)

    This popular sensor made by Sharp produces an analog output that varies from 3.1V at 4cm to 0.3V at 30cm.
    Excl. Tax:
    €17.37
    Incl. Tax:
    €21.19
      Compare
  2. 3521 - Sharp Distance Sensor 2Y0A21 (10-80cm)

    193521 3521 - Sharp Distance Sensor 2Y0A21 (10-80cm)

    This popular sensor made by Sharp produces an analog output that varies from 3.1V at 10cm to 0.3V at 80cm.
    Excl. Tax:
    €14.89
    Incl. Tax:
    €18.17
      Compare
  3. 3522 - Sharp Distance Sensor 2Y0A02 (20-150cm)

    193522 3522 - Sharp Distance Sensor 2Y0A02 (20-150cm)

    This popular sensor made by Sharp produces an analog output that varies from 2.5V at 20cm to 0.4V at 150cm.
    Excl. Tax:
    €19.85
    Incl. Tax:
    €24.22
      Compare
  4. 1134 - Pololu Carrier with Sharp GP2Y0D810Z0F Digital Distance S

    341134 1134 - Pololu Carrier with Sharp GP2Y0D810Z0F Digital Distance S

    This small digital distance sensor detects objects between 2 and 10 cm (0.8" and 4") away. With its quick response false
    Excl. Tax:
    €5.27
    Incl. Tax:
    €6.43
      Compare
  5. IR distance sensor includes cable (20cm-150cm) - GP2Y0A02YK

    501031 IR distance sensor includes cable (20cm-150cm) - GP2Y0A02YK

    This SHARP distance sensor bounces IR off objects to determine how far away they are. It returns an analog voltage that can bfalse
    Excl. Tax:
    €14.80
    Incl. Tax:
    €18.06
      Compare
  6. 2461 - Pololu 38 kHz IR Proximity Sensor, Fixed Gain, Low Brightness

    342461 2461 - Pololu 38 kHz IR Proximity Sensor, Fixed Gain, Low Brightness

    This module features a fixed-gain, 38 kHz modulated IR sensor and a corresponding IR LED with oscillator circuit to make a tifalse
    Excl. Tax:
    €4.85
    Incl. Tax:
    €5.92
      Compare
  7. 2474 - Pololu Carrier with Sharp GP2Y0A60SZLF Analog Distance Sensor 10-150cm, 5V

    342474 2474 - Pololu Carrier with Sharp GP2Y0A60SZLF Analog Distance Sensor 10-150cm, 5V

    The GP2Y0A60SZ distance sensor from Sharp offers a wide detection range of 4″ to 60″ (10 cm to 150 cm) and a high update ratefalse
    Excl. Tax:
    €9.79
    Incl. Tax:
    €11.94
      Compare

Price Match



* Required Fields