Integrated proximity sensor and light sensor

  • US 7,728,316 B2
  • Filed: 11/15/2006
  • Issued: 06/01/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/30/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus to sense proximity and to detect light, the apparatus comprising:

  • an emitter of electromagnetic radiation;

    a detector of electromagnetic radiation, the detector being configured to detect electromagnetic radiation from the emitter when the apparatus is configured to sense proximity, wherein the emitter is disabled at least temporarily to allow the detector to detect electromagnetic radiation from a source other than an emitter of electromagnetic radiation of the apparatus.

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