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One-shot image collection: New 3072-pixel LiDAR camera for fast image capture improves safety and autonomy in vehicles and production by providing high accuracy under harsh weather conditions or machine-induced vibration

True solid-state LiDAR camera »TinyOwl« /

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LiDAR camera TinyOwl

The Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS has upgraded its LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) camera TinyOwl to 3072 pixels. A 3D integration has been technologically enhanced by Fraunhofer IMS for the SPAD-based (Single-Photon-Avalanche-Diode) camera demo. The advanced camera is particularly robust and can ensure accurate image capture even under harsh weather conditions or machine-induced vibration.

The TinyOwl 3072 Pixel captures its environment in 3D enormously fast through sensitive, optical components and separately manufactured and then stacked, connected readout electronics. Due to the powerful LiDAR sensor technology without moving components (»solid-state«), the TinyOwl beats many other systems in accuracy, even in harsh environments. The solid-state design allows the system to address applications in the mobility, industrial, aerospace and aviation sectors, helping them to detect their environment despite strong vibrations and motion. Thus, irritations and dangerous situations can be detected faster and incidents can be prevented.

Fraunhofer IMS has been developing SPAD-based LiDAR sensor technology for 10 years and can realize large array arrangements through 3D integration by backside illumination.

This can guarantee high-resolution detection of the environment in a wide range of applications, which can significantly improve safety and autonomy in various means of locomotion and industrial robots.

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