Non-Linear Output Current, Low Power Ambient Light Photo Detect IC

Product Status: Mass Production(*)


The ISL29009 is a light-to-current silicon optical sensor combining a photodiode and current amplifiers on a single monolithic IC. Similar to human eyes, the photodiode has peak sensitivity at 550nm and spans from 400nm to 700nm, rejecting UV light and IR light. The input luminance range is from 0.3 lux to 10,000 lux.

The integrated non-linear current amplifier boosts and converts the photodiode signal in a square root fashion, extending the light input dynamic range while maintaining excellent sensitivity at dim conditions with low lux levels. The device consumes minimal power over a wide range of ambient lux levels because the current consumption ramps at a square root fashion. A dark current compensation circuit aids the photodiode to minimize temperature dependent leakage currents in the absence of light, improving the light sensitivity at low lux levels.

In addition, the ISL29009 has an EN pin that can be used for a polling scheme extending portables' battery life.

The ISL29009 is housed in an ultra compact 2mmx2.1mm ODFN plastic case surface mount package. Operation is rated from -40°C to +85°C.


  • Non-linear current output
  • 0.3 lux to 10,000 lux range
  • Dark current compensation
  • Temperature compensated
  • Human eye response
  • 1.8V to 3.3V supply range
  • Low supply current
  • Fast response time
  • 6 Ld ODFN: 2mmx2.1mmx0.7mm
  • Pb-free (RoHS compliant)


 Block Diagram


Basic Information
Production Status
Mass Production(*)
Peak Spectral Sensitivity
550 nm
VS (min)
1.8 V
VS (max)
3.3 V
Supply Current @ EV =100Lux
3 µA
Lux Range (max) (lux)
Output Current @ EV=100Lux
1.8 µA
Dark Current @ Ev=0Lux
2 nA
Rise Time (μs)
20 @ 1000Lux
Fall Time (μs)
1290 @ 1000Lux
Delay Time, Rising Edge (μs)
280 @ 1000Lux
Delay Time, Falling Edge (μs)
5 @ 1000Lux
Package Dimensions (mm)
Pb Free?
Enable Pin?
Qualification Level
Can Sample
Temperature Range
-40 to +85

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