The ISL29147 is a low power Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) and proximity (PROX) sensor. It has a built-in IR-LED for the proximity function. The ALS function measures the amount of light (in the visible spectrum) incident on the ISL29147. The ALS function has a programmable ambient IR-rejection, which allows fine tuning of light source variations and is ideal for light sensor applications under dark protective glass. The ALS provides a 12-bit measurement. A passive optical filter removes unwanted wavelengths (IR or Ultraviolet) to ensure accurate ALS measurement. The proximity function includes a new offset adjustment to compensate for the IR light reflected off the inside of the protective glass cover and back to the ISL29147 sensor. This offset adjustment allows the sensor to compensate for these internal reflections and preserve the dynamic range of the proximity measurement. The built-in current-driver pulses an external infrared LED at a programmed current for 90µs. The infrared light that is reflected and received by the ISL29147 is digitized by an 8-bit ADC. The proximity sensor also has a passive optical filter designed to pass IR and reject visible wavelengths. The ISL29147 provides a hardware pin to indicate an interrupt event. The interrupt pin saves power as the host microcontroller can ‘wake-up’ on an interrupt event and does not need to poll the device for an interrupt event. The interrupt generator is user configurable and provides several options for ALS and PROX trigger configurations. The ISL29147 supports an SMBus compatible I2C interface for configuration and control.


  • Internal IR-LED and sensor for a complete solution
  • Ideal for applications under dark or tinted glass
  • Enhanced ambient sunlight rejection to 40k Lux
  • Programmable proximity sleep time between proximity measurements optimizes power consumption
  • Hardware interrupt - no polling required
  • Programmable IR compensation to fine-tune ALS performance for various glass compositions
  • Programmable IR LED drive current to 250mA
  • Operates from 2.25V to 3.63V VDD
  • Power-down IDD, typical 0.2µADC
  • Tiny 2.40x4x1.2 (mm) optical co-package


  • Display dimming and adjustment
  • Mobile devices: smart phones, PDA, GPS
  • Computing: monitors, laptops, notebooks
  • Picture frames, tablet-PCs, LCD-TV
  • Object detection
  • Touchscreen disabling
  • Smart power-saving

Product Options

Part Number Part Status Pkg. Type Carrier Type MOQ Buy Sample
Obsolete ODFN Reel 1000


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Datasheets & Errata
ISL29147 Datasheet Datasheet PDF 801 KB
User Guides & Manuals
ISL290xxiroz-evalz, ISL29xxxeval1z User Guide Manual PDF 1.74 MB
Intersil ISL29xxx HID Installer v1.39 Library EXE 3.56 MB
PLC20016 - End of Life Notice Product Life Cycle Notice PDF 220 KB


Title language Type Format File Size Date
Intersil ISL29xxx HID Installer v1.39 Library EXE 3.56 MB