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QTRX-MD-08A Reflectance Sensor Array: 8-Channel, 8mm Pitch, Analog Output, Low Current

by Pololu
SKU 2843
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£10.99 inc VAT
£9.16 ex VAT

This array of IR LED/phototransistor pairs is great for precisely identifying changes in reflectance (like line detection). It operates from 2.9V to 5.5V and offers dimmable brightness control independent of the supply voltage. In general, the closer the object, the higher the contrast between light and dark readings, but high-reflectance objects are generally detectable out to around 30mm.

These reflectance sensors feature a linear array of IR emitter/phototransistor pair modules in a high-density (4mm pitch) or medium-density (8mm pitch) arrangement, which makes them well suited for applications that require the detection of changes in reflectivity. This change in reflectivity can be due to a colour change at a fixed distance, such as when sensing a black line on a white background, as well as due to a change in the distance to or presence of an object in front of the sensor. A variety of sensor counts and densities is available so you can pick the ideal arrangement for your application. Since the outputs are all independent, you can connect just some of the channels to attain an irregular or non-standard sensor spacing.

These units have integrated LED drivers that provide brightness control independent of the supply voltage, which can be anywhere from 2.9V to 5.5V, while enabling optional dimming to any of 32 possible brightness settings. For high-density (HD) modules with five or more sensors, there are separate controls for the odd-numbered and even-numbered LEDs, which gives you extra options for detecting light reflected at various angles.

This QTRX version features higher-performance sensor modules with lenses, which allow high performance at a much lower IR LED current.

  • Dimensions: 61mm x 20mm x 3mm
  • Weight: 3.1g
  • Sensor Count: 8
  • Sensor Pitch: 8mm
  • Maximum Range: 40mm
  • Optimal Range: 10mm
  • Min Operating Voltage: 2.9V
  • Max Operating Voltage: 5.5V
  • LED Current: 3.5mA
  • Peak Wavelength: 940nm
  • Sensor Type: QTRX
  • Output Type: A (analogue voltages)