Wetzlar, Germany Agilent Technologies has announced a new version of its analogue-output ambient light photo sensor for mobile, consumer, commercial and industrial products. The APDS-9002 sensor is supplied in the miniature ChipLED lead-free surface-mount package, which features one of the smallest dimensions in the industry at 2.00 x 1.25 x 0.80 mm. Its compact package reduces board space, making it possible to design even slimmer, feature-rich products. The ambient light photo sensors are an ideal power-savings solution for PDAs, notebook PCs, portable DVD players, MP3 players, camcorders and digital cameras, as well as mobile phones. They may also be used for turning on/off indoor and outdoor lighting, street lighting and electronic signs and signals. Compared with Agilent's previously introduced HSDL-9001 light sensor, the APDS-9002 offers improved performance, including guaranteed operation over the extended 2.4 V to 5.5 V supply voltage range, and the wider -40 °C to +85 °C temperature range. The ambient light photo sensors emulate the human eye in detecting the amount of ambient light, then signaling the mobile phone to turn on its display's backlight and keypad light if necessary. Agilent Technologies Inc , Wetzlar, Germany. www.agilent.com.