The ISL29021 is an integrated proximity and infrared sensor with a built-in IR LED driver and I2C Interface (SMBus compatible). This device provides infrared sensing to allow proximity estimation featured with interrupt function. For infrared and proximity sensing, an internal ADC has been designed based on the charge-balancing A/D conversion technique. The ADC is used to digitize the output signal from the photodiode array when the internal IR LED driver is turned on and off for the programmed time periods under user-selected modulation frequency to drive the external IR LED. As this proximity sensor employs a noise cancellation scheme to highly reject unwanted IR noise, the digital output of proximity sensing decreases with distance. The driver output current is user selectable up to 100mA to drive different types of IR emitters LEDs. Four different modes of operation can be selected via the I2C interface: programmable IR sensing once, programmable proximity sensing once, programmable continuous IR sensing and programmable continuous proximity sensing. The programmable one-time operation modes greatly reduce power because an immediate automatic shutdown reduces overall supply current less than 0.5µA. The ISL29021 supports both hardware and software interrupts that remain asserted until the host clears it through I2C interface for proximity detection. Designed to operate on supplies from 2.5V to 3.63V, the ISL29021 is specified for operation over the -40 °C to +85 °C ambient temperature range. It is packaged in a clear, Pb-free 8 Ld ODFN package.


  • Proximity Sensing
  • Ambient IR Cancellation During Proximity Sensing
    • Works Under Direct Sunlight
  • IR LED Driver with Programmable Source Current
    • Adjustable Current Drive from 100mA to 12.5mA
  • Programmable LED current Modulation Frequency
  • Variable Conversion Resolution up to 16-bits
  • Selectable Range (via I2C)
  • Works Under Various Light Sources, Including Sunlight
  • Ideal Spectral Response for Proximity Sensor
  • Proximity sensor range from 850nm to 950nm
    • Can use either 850nm or 950nm LED solution
  • Ultra-Low Power
  • 90µA Max Operating Current
  • Software Shutdown and Automatic Shutdown
    • 0.5µA Max Shutdown Current
  • Easy to Use
  • I2C (SMBus Compatible) Output
  • No Complex Algorithms Needed
  • Temperature Compensated
  • Small Form Factor
    • 8 Ld 2.0mm x 2.1mm x 0.7mm ODFN Package
  • I2C and SMBus Compatible
  • 1.7V to 3.63V Supply for I2C Interface
  • 2.25V to 3.63V Sensor Power Supply
  • Pb-Free (RoHS Compliant)


  • Display and Keypad Proximity Sensing for:
    • Mobile Devices: Smartphones, PDAs, GPS
    • Computing Devices: Notebook PCs, Webpads
    • Consumer Devices: LCD-TVs, Digital Picture Frames, Digital Cameras
  • Industrial and Medical Proximity Sensing

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Datasheets & Errata
star ISL29021 Datasheet Datasheet PDF 878 KB
Application Notes & White Papers
AN1436: Introduction of Proximity Sensing Application Note PDF 563 KB
AN1534: VDD Power-Up and Power Supply Considerations for Intersil Ambient Light Sensors Application Note PDF 186 KB
PLC21035 - End of Life Notice Product Life Cycle Notice PDF 1.17 MB
PCN15010 - Additional assembly facility of the listed Intersil ODFN packaged products Product Change Notice PDF 76 KB
PCN10053 - Alternate Manufacturing Site for Assembly of Intersil ODFN Packaged Products - Hana Microelectronics Public Co., Ltd. Lamphun, Thailand Product Change Notice PDF 95 KB

memoryBoards & Kits

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ISL29021IROZ-EVALZ Digital Proximity Sensor with Interrupt Function Evaluation Board Evaluation Renesas