Starter kit lets users “test drive” Vishay’s sensors

The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, has introduced a demo kit that allows users to test drive Vishay’s ambient light, proximity, UVA light, and RGBW colour sensors. The SensorXplorer provides a USB to I²C interface, 3.3V regulator, and general purpose input/outputs (GPIOs) for reading and displaying sensor data on a PC. According to Vishay, the SensorXplorer kit allows designers explore the capabilities of the Vishay sensors featured on Vishay’s sensor demo boards.

The kit includes the SensorXplorer demo board, which acts as a USB to I²C interface between the PC software, and individual Vishay sensor demo boards. Also included is a micro-USB cable which connects the board to the PC. The USB dongle is backwards-compatible, allowing for the use of sensor boards previously purchased with the Sensor Starter Kit.

LabVIEW-based software for the SensorXplorer Kit, is available for download, together with an installation application note. Users of the previous Sensor Starter Kit will also need to download the new software.

The SensorXplorer Kit is available now, with lead times of 8 to 10 weeks.

Vishay Intertechnology is one of the largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors (diodes, MOSFETs, and infrared optoelectronics) and passive electronic components (resistors, inductors, and capacitors). These components are used in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial, computing, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace, power supplies, and medical markets.

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