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TCS3408 Color Sensor

TCS3408 Color and 50/60 Hz Ambient light flicker detection sensor


  • Ultra-high ALS and color sensitivity
  • 4096x dynamic range
  • Dual 50/60 Hz ambient light flicker detection channel
  • Improved RGBC and doubling of flicker gain (2048x)
  • Improved UV/IR-rejection filter
  • 0.18µm process technology with 1.8V I²C


  • Enables accurate stable measurement behind inked materials
  • Enables dark room to sunlight operation
  • Minimizes camera flicker effect in 50/60 Hz light-source environments
  • 3x flicker sensitivity enables detection of low and high frequency light flickering
  • Improves lux accuracy and CCT measurements
  • Reduces power consumption in battery powered applications

Product parameters

Supply Voltage [V] 1.7 - 2.0
Interface I²C - 1.8V
Color Sensor Channels 5
IR Blocking Filter Yes
Programmable Gain, Integration Time, Interrupt
Temperature Range [°C] -30 to 70
Package QFN, Pin Count 12

General description

The TCS3408 is an ultra-high sensitivity light-to-digital converter that features ambient light and color (RGB) sensing and selective flicker detection. The ambient light and color sensing function provide five concurrent ambient light sensing channels: Red, Green, Blue, Clear, and Wideband. The RGB and Clear channels have a UV/IR blocking filter. This architecture accurately measures ambient light and enables the calculation of illuminance, chromaticity, and color temperature to manage display appearance. The architecture of the engine features self-maximizing dynamic range, ambient light subtraction, data output and interrupt-driven 1.8V I²C communications interface. The device integrates direct detection of 50Hz or 60Hz ambient light flicker. Flicker detection is executed in parallel with ambient light and color sensing has independent gain configuration and also suppresses cross-coupling from any 940nm IR, if generated by adjacent circuits (e.g. from a Time-of-Flight sensor). The flicker detection engine can also buffer data for calculating other flicker frequencies externally.

This product suits for the following applications:

  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Tablet
  • Display Backlight Control


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Evaluation Kit for TCS3408 Application Board Evaluation Kit for TCS3408


Type Description Language
Driver EN

Technical documents

Type Description Language
Datasheet Datasheet version 2-00 English
Application Note ALS-Proximity_Flicker_Detection English
Application Note Using Interrupts and the Persistence Filter (DN 41) English
Application Note Compensating for Light Flicker on Optical Sensors (DN 22) English
Application Note Basic Pre-Production Light & Color Sensor Solution Validation Process English

Environmental documents

Type Description Language
RoHS Certificate RoHS Certificate TCS3408 English

Other information

Type Description Language
Block Diagram TCS3408 Block Diagram English
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