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16 Bit Light and Color Sensor

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Product Description

Up for sale is a TAOS TCS3414FN based color and light breakout for Arduino or any other microcontroller!  It is high sensitivity (16 bit) and records blue, red, green, and clear light levels.  
The board is a tiny 13x8mm form factor, and comes with pins.
Manufacturers Description:
  • Programmable Interrupt Function with User-Defined Upper and Lower Threshold Settings
  •  Internal Filter Eliminates Signal Fluctuation Due to AC Lighting Flicker — No External Capacitor Required
  •  In-Package Trim Provides an Easy and Accurate Means to Achieve System-to-System Repeatability
  •  16-Bit Digital Output with I2C at 400 kHz
  •  Programmable Analog Gain and Integration Time Supporting 1,000,000-to-1 Dynamic Range
  • SYNC Input Synchronizes Integration Cycle to Modulated Light Sources (e.g. PWM)
  •  Operating Temperature Range −40 C to 85 C (CS Package) −30 C to 70 C (FN Package)
  • Operating voltage of 2.7 V to 3.6 V
  • Available in Both an FN and a CS Package.  The CS Package is the Industry’s Smallest Digital RGB Color Sensor
  • Provides Method to Derive Chromaticity Coordinates to Manage Display Backlighting (i.e. RGB LED, CCFL, etc.)
  • Provides Means to Derive Color Temperature to White-Color Balance Displays Under Various Lighting Conditions
End Products and Market Segments:
  •  HDTVs
  •  Tablets, Laptops, Monitors
  •  Medical Instrumentation
  •  Consumer Toys
  •  Industrial/Commercial Lighting
  •   Industrial Process Control
The TCS3404 and TCS3414 digital color light sensors are designed to accurately derive the color chromaticity
and illuminance (intensity) of ambient light and provide a digital output with 16-bits of resolution. The devices
include an 8 × 2 array of filtered photodiodes, analog-to-digital converters, and control functions on a single
monolithic CMOS integrated circuit. Of the 16 photodiodes, 4 have red filters, 4 have green filters, 4 have blue
filters, and 4 have no filter (clear). With the advanced patent pending in-package trim capability,
device-to-device and system-to-system tolerance can be minimized allowing very precise repeatability to be
See the full datasheet and information:
See an application sheet to derive color temperature in the 'Downloads' section:
Note:  This is a 3.3V only board, for both the I2C communications and power input.  It may require pull-up resistors depending on your circuit and microprocessor.  I sell a compatible 5V to 3.3V board that will allow its use with 5V systems.  See my store for details.

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