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What is an Infrared Receiver?

An infrared receiver, or IR receiver, is hardware that sends information from an infrared remote control to another device by receiving and decoding signals. In general, the receiver outputs a code to uniquely identify the infrared signal that it receives. This code is then used in order to convert signals from the remote control into a format that can be understood by the other device. It is the part of a device that receives infrared commands from a remote control. Because infrared is light, it requires line-of-sight visibility for the best possible operation, but can however still be reflected by items such as glass and walls. Poorly placed IR receivers can result in what is called "tunnel vision", where the operational range of a remote control is reduced because they are set so far back into the chassis of a device.

Types of Infrared Receivers

There are many different kinds of infrared receivers and at Future Electronics we stock many of the most common types categorized by supply voltage, carrier frequency, transmission distance, power dissipation, packaging type and supply current. The parametric filters on our website can help refine your search results depending on the required specifications.

The most common sizes for carrier frequency are 36 kHz, 37.9 kHz, 38 kHz and 40 kHz. We also carry infrared receivers with carrier frequency up to 56 kHz. The transmission distance can range from 8 m to 45 m, with the most common infrared receivers having a transmission distance of 45 m.

Infrared Receivers from Future Electronics

Future Electronics has a full selection of programmable infrared receivers from several manufacturers where you can find the right chip that can be used for an IR receiver circuit, USB IR receiver, IR receiver for PC, IR receiver cable, IR remote receiver, wireless IR receiver, IR receiver IC or any IR module. Simply choose from the infrared receiver technical attributes below and your search results will quickly be narrowed to match your specific infrared receiver application needs.

If you have a preferred brand, we deal with several manufacturers such as Everlight, New Japan Radio, Optek, ROHM Semiconductor, Vishay or Sharp. You can easily refine your infrared receiver product search results by clicking your preferred infrared receiver brand below from our list of manufacturers.

Applications for Infrared Receivers:

Infrared receivers can often be found in consumer products such as television remote controls or infrared ports such as PDAs, laptops, and computers. They are also present in devices such as home theatres, cable or satellite receivers, VCRs, DVD and Blu-Ray players and audio amplifiers. Infrared receivers can also be found in the industrial, military, aerospace and photography markets.

Choosing the Right Infrared Receiver:

When you are looking for the right infrared receivers, with the FutureElectronics.com parametric search, you can filter the results by various attributes: by Supply Current (5 uA, 450 uA, 1.5 mA,…), Transmission Distance (8m, 12 m, 35 m,…) and Supply Voltage (up to 32 V) to name a few. You will be able to find the right chip for your USB IR receiver, IR receiver circuit, IR receiver for PC, IR receiver cable, IR receiver IC, IR remote receiver, wireless IR receiver or any other IR module.

Infrared Receivers in Production Ready Packaging or R&D Quantities

If the quantity of infrared receivers required is less than a full reel, we offer customers many of our programmable infrared receiver products in tube, tray or individual quantities that will avoid unneeded surplus.

In addition, Future Electronics offers clients a unique bonded inventory program that is designed to eliminate potential problems that could arise from an unpredictable supply of products containing raw metals and products with long or erratic lead times. Talk with your nearest Future Electronics branch and find out more on how you and your company can avoid possible shortages.




Infrared Receivers by Primary Attributes:

By Transmission Distance





By Power Dissipation







Featured Infrared Receiver Products


Manufacturer Part Number Description
Everlight IRM-8601-M 940 nm 38 kHz 4 to 8 m Elliptic Lens Preamplifier EMI Infrared Remote Receiver
Everlight PLR135/T Photolink - Fiber Optic Receiver
New Japan Radio NJL61H400A PB FREE 40 kHz 3 mA 5.5 V Top View 5.4 mm Infrared Remote Control Receiver
Optek OP804SL Photo transistor TO-18
Optek OP830WSL NPN Silicon Photdarlington
Sharp GP1UX311QS GP1UX Series 2.7 to 5.5 V 38 kHz 0.27 mA IR Detecting Unit for Remote Control
Sharp GP1UD261XK0F GP1UD Series 2.7 to 5.5 V 38 kHz 0.2 mA IR Detecting Unit for Remote Control
Sharp GP1UD26XK00F GP1UD Series 2.7 to 5.5 V 38 kHz 0.2 mA IR Detecting Unit for Remote Control
Sharp GP1UE261XKVF GP1UE Series 2.7 to 5.5 V 38 kHz 0.27 mA IR Detecting Unit for Remote Control
Sharp GP1UV701QS0F GP1UV Series 4.5 to 5.5 V 38 kHz 0.95 mA IR Detecting Unit for Remote Control
ROHM Semiconductor RPM7140 RPM Series 5.5 V 1.5 mA 40 kHz Through-Hole IR Receiver Module
ROHM Semiconductor RPM972-H14E3A RPM972-H14 Series 4 Mbps 890 nm 100 mW/sr IrDA Communication Module
ROHM Semiconductor RPM5338-H14E2A RPM5300 Series 3.6 V 37.9 kHz 12 meter Side View IR Receiver Module
ROHM Semiconductor RPT-37PB3F 800 nm +/- 36° Sensitivity 32 Vce 30 mA Phototransistor Top View Type
ROHM Semiconductor RPM5338-H14E2A RPM5300 Series 3.6 V 37.9 kHz 12 meter Side View IR Receiver Module
Vishay TSOP75236TT 36 kHz 0.45 mA 5.5 V SMT IR Receiver Module for Remote Control System
Vishay TSOP2240 Infrared Receivers 2.7-5.5V 40kHz 45Deg
Vishay TSOP4840 40 kHz 1.05 mA 5.5 V Through Hole IR Receiver Modules for Remote Control System
Vishay TSOP34840SS1PS21 40 kHz 1.5 mA 5.5 V Through Hole IR Receiver Modules for Remote Control
Vishay TSOP31238 38 kHz 0.45 mA 5.5 V Through Hole IR Receiver Module for Remote Control System
Vishay TSOP6238TT 38 kHz 1.05 mA 5.5 V SMT IR Receiver Module for Remote Control System
Vishay TSOP6238TR 38 kHz 1.05 mA 5.5 V SMT IR Receiver Module for Remote Control System
Vishay TSOP2138 38 kHz 1.05 mA 5.5 V Through Hole IR Receiver Module for Remote Control System
Vishay TSOP1140. 40 kHz 0.45 mA 5.5 V Through Hole IR Receiver Module for Remote Control System
Vishay TSOP4840SJ1 40 kHz 1.05 mA 5.5 V Through Hole IR Receiver Modules for Remote Control System

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