Lumotive signs Samsung supplier for 3D LiDAR sensing

Lumotive signs Samsung supplier for 3D LiDAR sensing

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By Nick Flaherty

Lumotive has signed a deal with camera module specialist Namuga to use metasurface chips for solid-state lidar modules in the industrial, consumer and automotive markets. 

Namuga specializes in the development and production of cameras and 3D sensing modules and will use Lumotive’s Light Control Metasurface (LCM) chipsets. The company is a crucial supplier for Samsung Electronics’ flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy S23 and also supplies imaging systems for drones, Head-Mounted Displays (HMDs), and Head-Up Displays (HUDs)

Lumotive’s LCM overcomes the size, scalability and reliability limitations of traditional mechanical beam steering systems by using a metamaterial. Namuga’s expertise in the miniaturization of sensing modules, combined with the intrinsic advantages of LCM-based beam steering, will enable lidar to expand into new domains of 3D sensing, particularly applications where compactness and weight are crucial.   

Namuga will use the LCM chip in next-generation solid state lidar modules that go beyond robotic automation solutions, extending into additional sectors like services, homecare, and logistics as well as driverless cars.

“Lumotive is excited to partner with Namuga, the undeniable industry leader when it comes to sensing camera modules,” said Dr. Sam Heidari, CEO of Lumotive. “With our LCM technology, our mission is to catalyze mass accessibility of solid-state lidar by partnering with innovative  sensor makers like Namuga, as we jointly spearhead this transformation. We eagerly anticipate the application of our LCM digital beam steering chipsets in a broad spectrum of use-cases.” 

 “Through this partnership with Lumotive, we will accelerate the development of next-generation lidar technology and secure a technological and manufacturing competitive advantage in the global market,” said Tae Youn Won, CEO of Namuga.

“Based on Namuga’s leading 3D sensing camera technology, we will take the lead in not only the autonomous driving car market, but also the next-generation device technology markets such as robotics, XR, and other innovative technologies,” he said.;

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