Maxim Integrated's next-generation of infrared-based dynamic optical sensor can sense a broader range of gestures at extended distances.
Maxim Integrated Products Inc.’s next-generation of infrared-based dynamic optical sensor can sense a broader range of gestures at extended distances. The MAX25405 detects a wider proximity of movement and doubles the sensing range to 40cm when compared to earlier generations, all in a quarter of the size and at 10x lower cost than time-of-flight (ToF) camera-based systems in automotive, industrial and consumer applications. These enhancements offer an alternative to voice communications, enabling drivers to focus on the road.
Along with integrated optics and a 6 x 10 infrared sensor array, the next-generation MAX25405 now includes a glass lens which increases sensitivity and improves the signal-to-noise ratio. The improved performance doubles the proximity and distance of sensing applications to beyond the driver, offering gesture-sensing entertainment displays to the co-driver and rear seat passengers, for example. The MAX25405 features a high level of integration compared to competitive ToF solutions that require three chips and a complicated microprocessor. The MAX25405’s small 20-pin, 4-by-4-by-1.35mm quad flat no-lead (QFN) package together with four discrete LEDs measures up to 75 percent smaller than ToF camera-based solutions.
“Maxim Integrated’s MAX25405 recognizes the most dynamic gestures at the lowest cost, allowing automakers to avoid the prohibitive cost of time-of-flight cameras and to help keep drivers’ eyes on the road,” said Szu-Kang Hsien, director for the Automotive Business Unit at Maxim Integrated. “The affordable gesture sensing feature adds value to low- and mid-range cars, while offering passengers the luxury of touch-free gesture control.”