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Analog Devices, First Sensor to Collaboratively Develop LIDAR Solutions

Analog Devices has collaborated with First Sensor AG to develop products and solutions aimed at speeding the launch of autonomous sensing technology serving unmanned automotive, aerial and underwater vehicles in transportation, smart agriculture, industrial manufacturing, and other industries.

Analog Devices, First Sensor

As the terms of the agreement, Analog Devices and First Sensor are developing offerings that shrink the LIDAR signal chain to enable higher system performance as well as reduce size, weight, power and cost for manufacturers designing sensing and perception technology into their autonomous safety systems. The companies also plan to develop other LIDAR products that will serve automotive and industrial manufacturing applications.

“The first step in our working together is to optimize ADI’s industry-leading trans-impedance amplifiers (TIAs) with First Sensor’s avalanche photodiodes (APDs) so we can offer our customers more powerful and efficient LIDAR solutions, and better support the mass commercial launch of LIDAR systems into the autonomous transportation market,” said Stewart Sellars, general manager, LIDAR, Analog Devices.

Having years of experience, ADI has been developing sensor technology for transportation safety. Recent developments include multi-channel TIAs specifically designed to convert wide dynamic range photocurrent into a low-impedance voltage signal. First Sensor’s LIDAR APDs, are highly sensitive detector arrays that convert light into photocurrent.

Optimizing the interconnection between the APDs and TIAs is critical as it significantly influences the noise floor and bandwidth achieved. Improvements in these two parameters directly translate to LIDAR systems which can detect objects at longer range and with higher precision, said Analog Devices.

Dirk Rothweiler, CEO of First Sensor, added, “Adapting APDs and TIAs to each other is a logical next step in this evolution. By expanding our cooperation with Analog Devices, our customers will benefit from better LIDAR receiver performance.”

First Sensor and Analog Devices will each offer a common evaluation board with which system manufacturers can test the combined solution.

This partnership marks Analog Devices’ next phase in implementing its Drive360 autonomous driving solutions strategy. ADI’s Drive360 suite of technologies leverage ADI’s core competencies in high-performance MEMS, RF/mmWave, and photonics/optics technologies.

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