Pololu VL53L8CX Time-of-Flight Distance Sensor, 8x8 Zone, 4-m Range

PololuSKU: RB-Pol-1059
Manufacturer #: 3419

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  • Pololu VL53L8CX Time-of-Flight Distance Sensor, 8x8 Zone
  • Precise 4m ranging
  • Multi-zone depth mapping
  • Ambient light robust
  • Versatile I²C/SPI interface
  • Easy integration design

The Pololu VL53L8CX Time-of-Flight Distance Sensor, 8x8 Zone, 4-m Range is a sophisticated carrier/breakout board designed to facilitate the use of STs VL53L8CX laser-ranging sensor. This sensor is capable of delivering fast and accurate distance measurements up to 4 meters. It utilizes a digital I²C or SPI interface for communication and is capable of measuring absolute distances to multiple targets simultaneously across multiple zones. This functionality enables the creation of a depth map with up to 8 resolutions. The sensor also exhibits enhanced performance in environments with ambient light, surpassing its predecessors in this aspect.

The board is engineered with voltage regulators and level shifters, ensuring compatibility with a range of input voltages from 3.2 V to 5 V. Additionally, the standard 0.1-inch pin spacing allows for seamless integration with common solderless breadboards and 0.1-inch perfboards, facilitating ease of use in various applications.

The use of this sensor with 8-bit microcontrollers is not recommended. For applications involving such microcontrollers, alternative options such as the VL53L1X, VL53L0X, or VL6180X carriers should be considered.

  • 1x Pololu VL53L8CX Time-of-Flight Distance Sensor, 8x8 Zone, 4-m Range

The board is shipped fully populated with its SMD components, including the VL53L8CX, as depicted in the product picture.

  • 0.5 x 0.9 x 0.1 inch / 13 x 23 x 3 mm (L x W x H)
  • Operating voltage: 3.2 V to 5 V
  • Supply current: ~100 mA (typical average during active ranging with default settings)
  • Peak current: 150 mA
  • Maximum range: 4 m (13 ft)
  • Resolution: 1 mm depth, 4 or 8 sensor zones
  • Minimum range: 20 mm (0.8 in)
  • Emitter: 940 nm invisible Class 1 VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) – eye-safe
  • Detector: SPAD (single photon avalanche diode) receiving array
  • Typical full field of view (FoV): 65° diagonal (45° horizontal/vertical)
  • Output format (I²C/SPI): histogram
  • Weight without header pins: 0.7 g

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