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TMF8701 1D Time-of-Flight Sensor

Time-of-Flight sensor with 940nm integrated IR VCSEL in a 2.2mm x 3.6mm x 1.0mm optical module 1.8V I²C


  • Direct ToF technology with high sensitivity SPAD detection
  • Fast Time-to-Digital Converter (TDC) architecture
  • Sub-nanosecond light pulse
  • 0 – 10cm proximity detection and 10 – 60cm distance sensing @ 60Hz
  • On-chip histogram processing
  • 940nm VCSEL Class 1 Eye Safety with 21° FOI
  • Sunlight on-chip rejection filter and algorithm
  • Industry’s smallest modular OLGA 2.2mm x 3.6mm x 1.0 mm package


  • Delivers high SNR, wide dynamic range and no multi-path reflections
  • Enables “dark and sunlight environment” distance measurement within ±5%
  • Provides best-in-class resolution ranging mode detection sensing
  • Enables cm detect/release proximity events
  • Provides high accuracy, greater distance between cover glass, dynamic cover glass calibration, dirt or smudge removal and crosstalk compensation
  • Eye-safety circuitry stops VCSEL driver if VCSEL fault occurs
  • Optical filters with algorithm support enables high ambient light resilience
  • Reduce board space requirements, enables low-profile system designs in restricted space Industrial Designs

Product parameters

Supply Voltage [V] 2.7 - 3.3
I²C Bus 1.8V
Programmable Mode setting, Repetition rate, Interrupt
Integrated Capabilities and Components Ambient light immunity (100k lux to 0 lux)
Recommended Operating Distances [cm] 60
Temperature Range [°C] -30 to 70
Package OLGA, Pin Count 12

General description

The TMF8701 is a true direct time-of-flight (ToF) sensor system in a single modular package which offers highly accurate depth accuracy detection through a sub-nanosecond light pulse and an antialiasing “stop-watch” method to measure round-trip time of pulse. It provides single zone detection of an object irrespective of the color, reflectivity and texture of the object.

The single module with VCSEL emitter offers high dynamic range and operates in either a proximity mode (0 – 10 cm) or a ranging mode (10 – 60 cm) for detection sensing. The device utilizes highly sensitive SPAD detection with fast compact time-to digital converters to make high accurate distance measurement within ±5% and is capable of operation in dark environments.

A built-in histogram is featured to detect cover glass and objects behind glass to select object with highest SNR while compensating for dirt and smudges on cover glass to produce artifact free measurement of multiple objects. The histogram enables greater distance between cover glass, delivers dynamic cover glass calibration and crosstalk compensation. Class 1 eye safety is also featured through the narrow sub-nanosecond (<500 ps) fast pulse 940 nm VCSEL driver. Background light noise is minimized through on-chip superior sunlight rejection filter. Data output is through a 1.8V I²C fast-mode communications interface and an integrated micro controller is featured with all algorithms included on-chip with no need for external optics.

The TMF8701 wins the Innovative Product of the Year Award at Sensors Expo 2019

This product suits for the following applications:

  • 3D facial recognition
  • Proximity detection
  • Presence detection
  • Object detection
  • Distance measurement
  • Collision avoidance


Title Category Headline Buy
TMF8701 Evaluation Kit Application Board Evaluation Kit for TMF8701


Type Description Language
Application Data Schematic and Layout English
Application Data TMF8x0x Linux EVM Board Schematic and Layout English
Firmware EN
Evaluation Software TMF8X0X_EvalSW_v2-2-20.exe EN
Firmware EN
Driver EN
Driver EN

Technical documents

Type Description Language
Datasheet TMF8701 datasheet v2-00 English
Application Note TMF8X0X Optical Design Guide English
Application Note TMF8X0X Linux Device Driver ABI English
Application Note I2C Commands to Control TMF8701/TMF8801/TMF8805 English
Application Note ams Optical Sensors Design Recommendations for System EMI and ESD English
Product Brief TMF8701 product overview English
Technical Note TMF8701, TMF8801, TMF8805 Laser Certificate English

Environmental documents

Type Description Language
RoHS Certificate RoHS Certificate TMF8701 English


Type Description Language
Product Change Notification PCN03-2020 (TMF8701/TMF8801 - 1x reflow step at ams' Assembly House) English
Product Change Notification PCN49-2020 (issued 2020-Nov) English

Other information

Type Description Language
Block Diagram TMF8701 Block Diagram English
Image TMF8701 Device Pictures English
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