30 min

Determine if something is nearby or not using VCNL4035X01 and PIC24EP512GU814

Unlocking the potential of close-range sensing

Proximity 5 Click with UNI-DS v8

Published Oct 14, 2023

Click board™

Proximity 5 Click

Development board



NECTO Studio



Discover how our cutting-edge proximity detection technology is reshaping how we interact with the world around us



Hardware Overview

How does it work?

Proximity 5 Click is based on the VCNL4035X01, a fully integrated proximity and ambient light sensor with I2C interface and the interrupt function for gesture applications, from Vishay Semiconductors. This sensor features very advanced 16bit Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) which makes use of the proprietary Filtron™ technology, providing spectral response sensitivity near to human eye. The ALS sensor also effectively cancels out infrared light, has immunity to the flickering of fluorescent light sources and has a programmable detection range, with the resolution of up to 0.004 lux per count. The Proximity Sensing (PS) section of the VCNL4035X01 J IC implements several solutions for the improved proximity detection of objects of any color. It relies on detection of the reflected IR light from the emitting LEDs. Features such as the immunity to a red glow, intelligent crosstalk phenomenon reduction, smart persistence scheme, programmable IR LED current, and selectable sampling resolution, help in achieving a reliable and accurate proximity detection. The processed readings of the ALS and PS sections can be fetched from the respective registers via the I2C interface. The I2C bus lines are routed to the respective mikroBUS™ I2C pins:

SCL is the I2C clock and SDA is the I2C data line. The VCNL4035X01 J sensor IC integrates three independent LED drivers, which can drive the external IR LEDs with up to 200mA, allowing a wide range of external IR LEDs to be used. Proximity 5 click uses the VSMY2850RG LEDs, 850nm IR LEDs with lenses, from Vishay. These IR LEDs are operating within the wavelength range which is recommended by the sensor manufacturer. The IR LEDs can be driven by the variable duty cycle, which affects the total power consumption, as well as the PS response time. The VCNL4035X01 J sensor IC is powered by the 3.3V rail from the mikroBUS™ directly. However, since it uses the I2C communication protocol, it is possible to choose the voltage for the I2C pull-up resistors between 3.3V and 5V. This is accomplished by moving the SMD jumper labeled as VCCIO SEL to the appropriate position. This jumper allows communication with both 3.3V and 5V MCUs. Proximity 5 click offers programmable interrupt engine. The INT pin is routed to the mikroBUS™ INT pin and it is pulled up by the onboard resistor. When asserted, it is driven to a LOW logic level. The interrupt can be programmed for a wide range of events for both ALS and PS sections:

ALS threshold window with two 16bit values for the upper and lower threshold levels, ALS Persistence which affects the integration time before an interrupt is triggered. The PS section offers similar interrupt sources, with the addition of the object detection which triggers an interrupt if the object is detected and PS Active Force mode. This last mode is used when more conservative power consumption is required, as it allows one reading to be made, before reverting back to the standby mode. When the interrupt event occurs, a flag is set in the status register. To detect a gesture, the Gesture Enable bit has to be set, and the sensor has to be configured to work in the PS Active Force mode. When a trigger bit for the reading is set, all three LEDs will be sequentially triggered. The result will be flagged by the gesture data ready flag and the data can be read from the appropriate register. Also, the interrupt line can be asserted if set so. The provided library offers functions used to read the data and configure the Proximity 5 click in an easy way. The provided example application demonstrates using these functions. It can be used as a reference for a custom design.

Proximity 5 Click top side image
Proximity 5 Click bottom side image

Features overview

Development board

UNI-DS v8 is a development board specially designed for the needs of rapid development of embedded applications. It supports a wide range of microcontrollers, such as different STM32, Kinetis, TIVA, CEC, MSP, PIC, dsPIC, PIC32, and AVR MCUs regardless of their number of pins, and a broad set of unique functions, such as the first-ever embedded debugger/programmer over WiFi. The development board is well organized and designed so that the end-user has all the necessary elements, such as switches, buttons, indicators, connectors, and others, in one place. Thanks to innovative manufacturing technology, UNI-DS v8 provides a fluid and immersive working experience, allowing access anywhere and under any

circumstances at any time. Each part of the UNI-DS v8 development board contains the components necessary for the most efficient operation of the same board. An advanced integrated CODEGRIP programmer/debugger module offers many valuable programming/debugging options, including support for JTAG, SWD, and SWO Trace (Single Wire Output)), and seamless integration with the Mikroe software environment. Besides, it also includes a clean and regulated power supply module for the development board. It can use a wide range of external power sources, including a battery, an external 12V power supply, and a power source via the USB Type-C (USB-C) connector. Communication options such as USB-UART, USB

HOST/DEVICE, CAN (on the MCU card, if supported), and Ethernet is also included. In addition, it also has the well-established mikroBUS™ standard, a standardized socket for the MCU card (SiBRAIN standard), and two display options for the TFT board line of products and character-based LCD. UNI-DS v8 is an integral part of the Mikroe ecosystem for rapid development. Natively supported by Mikroe software tools, it covers many aspects of prototyping and development thanks to a considerable number of different Click boards™ (over a thousand boards), the number of which is growing every day.

UNI-DS v8 horizontal image

Microcontroller Overview

MCU Card / MCU



8th Generation



MCU Memory (KB)


Silicon Vendor


Pin count


RAM (Bytes)


Used MCU Pins

mikroBUS™ mapper

Power Supply
I2C Clock
I2C Data
Power Supply

Take a closer look


Proximity 5 Click Schematic schematic

Step by step

Project assembly

Fusion for PIC v8 front image hardware assembly

Start by selecting your development board and Click board™. Begin with the UNI-DS v8 as your development board.

Fusion for PIC v8 front image hardware assembly
Buck 22 Click front image hardware assembly
SiBRAIN for PIC32MZ1024EFK144 front image hardware assembly
v8 SiBRAIN MB 1 - upright/background hardware assembly
Necto image step 2 hardware assembly
Necto image step 3 hardware assembly
Necto image step 4 hardware assembly
NECTO Compiler Selection Step Image hardware assembly
NECTO Output Selection Step Image hardware assembly
Necto image step 6 hardware assembly
Necto image step 7 hardware assembly
Necto image step 8 hardware assembly
Necto image step 9 hardware assembly
Necto image step 10 hardware assembly
Necto PreFlash Image hardware assembly

Track your results in real time

Application Output

After pressing the "FLASH" button on the left-side panel, it is necessary to open the UART terminal to display the achieved results. By clicking on the Tools icon in the right-hand panel, multiple different functions are displayed, among which is the UART Terminal. Click on the offered "UART Terminal" icon.

UART Application Output Step 1

Once the UART terminal is opened, the window takes on a new form. At the top of the tab are two buttons, one for adjusting the parameters of the UART terminal and the other for connecting the UART terminal. The tab's lower part is reserved for displaying the achieved results. Before connecting, the terminal has a Disconnected status, indicating that the terminal is not yet active. Before connecting, it is necessary to check the set parameters of the UART terminal. Click on the "OPTIONS" button.

UART Application Output Step 2

In the newly opened UART Terminal Options field, we check if the terminal settings are correct, such as the set port and the Baud rate of UART communication. If the data is not displayed properly, it is possible that the Baud rate value is not set correctly and needs to be adjusted to 115200. If all the parameters are set correctly, click on "CONFIGURE".

UART Application Output Step 3

The next step is to click on the "CONNECT" button, after which the terminal status changes from Disconnected to Connected in green, and the data is displayed in the Received data field.

UART Application Output Step 4

Software Support

Library Description

This library contains API for Proximity 5 Click driver.

Key functions:

  • proximity5_get_values - Starts the conversion and waits for the interrupt to finish. After the interrupt finishes the proximity data from the proximity registers is returned to a 3 member uint16_t array.

  • proximity5_get_id - Read the ID from the ID register of the sensor.

  • proximity5_read_reg - Generic function for reading both high and low register value and returns those combined values to a 16bit variable.

Open Source

Code example

This example can be found in NECTO Studio. Feel free to download the code, or you can copy the code below.

 * \file 
 * \brief Proximity5 Click example
 * # Description
 * This application enables usage of the proximity and ablient light sensing.
 * The demo application is composed of two sections :
 * ## Application Init 
 * Configures the micro controller for communication
 * and initializes the click board. 
 * ## Application Task  
 * The proximity data is read from the sensor and it is printed
 * to the UART.
 * \author MikroE Team
// ------------------------------------------------------------------- INCLUDES

#include "board.h"
#include "log.h"
#include "proximity5.h"

// ------------------------------------------------------------------ VARIABLES

static proximity5_t proximity5;
static log_t logger;

// ------------------------------------------------------ APPLICATION FUNCTIONS

void application_init ( void )
    log_cfg_t log_cfg;
    proximity5_cfg_t cfg;

     * Logger initialization.
     * Default baud rate: 115200
     * Default log level: LOG_LEVEL_DEBUG
     * @note If USB_UART_RX and USB_UART_TX 
     * are defined as HAL_PIN_NC, you will 
     * need to define them manually for log to work. 
     * See @b LOG_MAP_USB_UART macro definition for detailed explanation.
    LOG_MAP_USB_UART( log_cfg );
    log_init( &logger, &log_cfg );
    log_info( &logger, "---- Application Init ----" );

    //  Click initialization.

    proximity5_cfg_setup( &cfg );
    proximity5_init( &proximity5, &cfg );

    proximity5_default_cfg( &proximity5 );

void application_task ( void )
    //  Task implementation.

    uint16_t bff[ 4 ];

    proximity5_get_values( &proximity5, bff );
    log_printf( &logger, "PS1 %d  ", bff[ 0 ] );
    log_printf( &logger, "PS2 %d  ", bff[ 1 ] );
    log_printf( &logger, "PS3 %d \r\n\r\n", bff[ 2 ] );

    Delay_ms( 500 );

void main ( void )
    application_init( );

    for ( ; ; )
        application_task( );

// ------------------------------------------------------------------------ END

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