Agilent Unveils Development Kits for Color Sensing Application

1/30/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced two color sensor application development kits combining ready-to-use integrated color sensor modules with detailed application information. The kits are designed to provide a quick and easy way for engineers to discover how color detection, measurement and control capabilities can be integrated into their applications. Agilent offers these application kits in versions for transmissive and reflective color sensing applications.

Applications for Agilent's color sensor can be divided into three categories:

These capabilities can be used in a wide range of applications, including controlling interior lighting and LCD backlighting, chemical analysis, color control of cosmetics and textiles, and in office automation for controlling the color output of printers and color calibration of image scanners.

Agilent's color sensor converts the primary colors red, green and blue to individual, proportional analog voltages. The module in the application kit combines photodiode arrays and associated amplifiers in a single package provided with a cable and a connector for power input and R, G and B output voltages.

The AECS-1000-AA02 transmissive design kit is intended for applications that are self-illuminated: for sources such as ambient light, an incandescent bulb, light-emitting diode (LED) or self-emissive displays. The gain of the amplifiers may be set to 1x or 10x for optimum performance under a wide range of lighting conditions. The application kit can also be used to determine the color of transparent media such as glass, plastic or liquid through which light is passed before reaching the sensor.

The AECS-1010-AA02 reflective design kit is intended for applications in which light is reflected from a surface or object. To use the color sensor in reflective applications, the kit provides an illuminant-sensor module containing a white LED as the light source with Agilent's color sensor as the detector. Optics have been designed into the kit to focus the reflected light onto the color sensor. The kit also features an alignment tool for maintaining an optimum gap between the sensor and target surface.

The dimensions of the transmissive color sensor application kit are 33 x 28 x 35 mm, and it operates from a single 5V DC supply with a current consumption of 20 mA (typical). R, G and B outputs are analog voltages that range from 0 to 3V. Inclusive of the gap alignment tool, dimensions of the reflective color sensor application kit are 45 x 28 x 35 mm. It also operates from a single 5V DC supply and requires an additional 25 mA to operate the LED light source.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The AECS-1000-AA02 transmissive design kit and AECS-1010-AA02 reflective design kit are each priced at $142.00. The kits are now available from Agilent.

Agilent also plans to provide customized color sensor modules, based on customer need. Full availability is expected in mid-2004. Pricing for the color sensor modules will be set when they are fully introduced. For more information, visit

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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