Sharp Introduces GP1S396HCPSF – Industry’s Smallest Photointerrupter

Sharp has developed and plans to introduce the industry’s smallest photointerrupter, the GP1S396HCPSF Subminiature photointerrupters, that measuring just 2.26 × 1.4 × 1.6 H mm, ideal for any applications where a slim product design requires along with the a low mounting height and limited mounting space.

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Subminiature photointerrupters are used to control the optical zoom of digital cameras, and to track the position of the lens for controlling the optical pick-up unit in Blu-ray Disc recorders, and manufacturers are demanding smaller sizes and improved detection performance in these devices.

The GP1S396HCPSF Subminiature photointerrupters is the industry’s smallest package size featuring thin-wall molding technology developed over long years of experience in the electronic device field, and is expected to contribute to making electronic equipment slimmer and more compact based on space-saving designs.

In addition, the detection area in GP1S396HCPSF Subminiature photointerrupters has also been reduced by achieving a slit width of 0.12 mm, the industry’s narrowest (approximately 40% smaller than the predecessor model), thereby improving detection accuracy.

The Sharp GP1S296HCPSF Subminiature photointerrupters is well-suited for any applications where a slim product design requires along with the a low mounting height and limited mounting space.

Key Features

  • Industry’s smallest package size (2.26 × 1.4 × 1.6 H mm).
  • Industry’s narrowest slit width of 0.12 mm provides high detection accuracy (approx. 40% smaller than predecessor model).
  • Gap between emitter and receiver is enlarged to 1.2 mm (predecessor model: 1.0 mm), providing greater flexibility in terms of the target objects that can be detected.
  • Outside dimensions – 2.26 x 1.4 x 1.6 H mm
  • Forward voltage – 1.4 V (max.)
  • Dark current – 100 nA (max.)
  • Photocurrent –  150 µA (min.)
  • Collector-emitter saturation – voltage 0.4 V (max.)

The Sharp GP1S396HCPSF Subminiature photointerrupters is expected to go in mass production in early November 2010.

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