Use imec’s photonics platforms to develop your custom-made building blocks, such as optical phased arrays (OPA), for next generation on-chip lidar.
Solid-state lidar has been an exciting research topic for quite a while. And now it’s finding its way into commercial products.
Especially automotive applications, such as ADAS technologies, are craving compact, robust and inexpensive systems for 3D mapping a car’s surroundings. Other applications for on-chip lidar are drone-enabled land surveying, robotics, wind monitoring, surveillance, and virtual reality.
Want to build your own solid-state lidar system? Tap into imec’s integrated photonics and optical beamforming platform to gain access to all the necessary building blocks.
There are many reasons why today’s mechanical lidar technologies don’t meet the demands of tomorrow’s applications:
Moreover, the angular resolution of mechanical lidars does not meet the requirements needed for activities such as long-range scanning. For example: to resolve a cm-scale object from 200-300 m, you need an angular resolution in the order of 0.01°.
By integrating all lidar components on one integrated circuit, solid-state lidars overcome all these drawbacks. They’re compact, contain no moving parts, and can be mass-produced (wafer level) at a relatively low cost per device.
Whether you’re building a time of flight (ToF) or frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) lidar system, imec’s generic platform offers you the mature building blocks you need. Both standalone SiN and SiN-on-SOI technologies combine:
Moreover, imec’s solid-state lidar technology uses an on-chip detector array to ease the calibration without looking at the far field. This capability for on-chip calibration will reduce the complexity and maintenance cost of your lidar system even more.