Metasurface lidar reference design targets industrial, automotive

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By Nick Flaherty

Lumotive has combined its beam steering metasurface chip with a Time-of-Flight sensor from GPixel for industrial and high volume mobility applications.

The M30 Reference Design Platform aims to speed the adoption of next generation 3D lidar sensors for mobility and industrial applications such as autonomous navigation of robots in logistics environments.

The GTOF0503 CMOS sensor comes from GPixel, based in China and with a European design centre in Antwerp. This is combined with Lumotive’s LM10 LCM electronic beam steering chip. This boosts outdoor range performance compared with flash illumination and a software-defined scan modes for application-specific performance. Reduced multipath effects result in better point cloud quality and significantly improve the interference mitigation from other sensors.

The first version of the M30 Reference Design Platform is currently being evaluated by a number of leading lidar systems developers, ToF camera makers, and industrial OEMs. The next generation of the platform with enhanced performance and optimized for volume manufacturing is expected to be available by mid-2023.

“Autonomy and automation are the future, and 3D sensing using lidar is a key enabler for both these megatrends,” said Rakinder Grover, Vice President Strategy and Partnerships at Lumotive. “We are delighted to be working with Gpixel to deliver the industry’s first-ever Lidar 2.0 reference design based on our transformative optical semiconductor solutions for high-volume mobility and industrial products that require feature-rich, cost-effective, solid-state lidar capabilities.”

“The pairing of Gpixel’s GTOF0503 indirect time-of-flight image sensor with Lumotive’s LM10 beam steering chip provides an ideal solution for medium to long range 3D applications, and highlights both the precision and flexibility offered by Gpixel’s sensor,” said Wim Wuyts, Chief Commercial Officer at Gpixel. “We are especially excited about the performance enhancements possible for robot navigation in logistics environments, where Lumotive’s lidar solution offers improved speed and accuracy.”

The reference design is being shown at the VISION show in Stuttgart from tomorrow;

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