Quad-channel laser aimed at scanning LIDARs

Quad-channel laser aimed at scanning LIDARs

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By Julien Happich

The prototype laser has an extremely short pulse length and four parallel output channels and will be used in scanning LIDAR sensors based on micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS).

The 4-channel LIDAR laser produced by Osram consists of a laser bar with four individually controllable laser diodes and a control circuit integrated in the module. The entire module is surface-mountable, which reduces assembly costs and the time needed for fine adjustment at the customer. Because the four laser diodes are produced next to one another in a single production step, they are precisely aligned to each other and can be individually controlled.

For the new laser Osram says it has improved its pulse laser diodes with a wavelength of 905 nanometers. The nanostack laser diodes now deliver a maximum optical output of 85W at 30 amperes, which is approximately 10W more than before.

The pulse length of less than 5ns represents a four-fold reduction compared to the previous figure of 20ns. The short pulse length and the small duty cycle of 0.01% ensure that even at such high outputs the requirements of the relevant eye safety standards are met. With an operating voltage of 24V the laser also meets the requirements for use in vehicles.


At electronica, Osram and its partner Innoluce will present a MEMS-based scanning LIDAR integrating the 4-channel laser bar and a 2.7×2.3mm2 MEMS chip developed by Innoluce (acquired by Infineon Technologies AG), operated at up to two kilohertz.

The overall system covers a field of view of 120° horizontal and 20° vertical and offers a resolution of 0.1° horizontal and 0.5° vertical. In daylight the range for detecting vehicles is at least 200 meters, and for pedestrians 70 meters.

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