ADI buys laser-beam-steering tech for future LIDAR developments

November 18, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Analog Devices (ADI) has acquired solid-state – liquid-crytal-based – laser beam steering technology from Vescent Photonics, Inc., a privately held company based in Golden, Colorado.

Vescent’s non-mechanical beam steering technology enables more robust integrated LIDAR systems that overcome many of the major drawbacks associated with today’s bulky mechanical offerings such as reliability, size, and cost. This acquisition, says ADI, strengthens its position I automotive safety system technology for next generation ADAS and autonomous driving applications


ADI adds; Today’s ADAS systems must rely on a suite of sensor technologies that include cameras, RADAR, and LIDAR to effectively provide advanced safety features such as forward collision warning, blind spot detection, pedestrian detection, and autonomous driving functions. Cameras are used widely for object recognition while RADAR uses radio-frequency electromagnetic waves to measure distance. LIDAR uses laser beams to measure the distance and can also recognize objects. Scanning LIDAR systems can be used to detect objects on or near the roadway and fill the blind spots known to exist when using RADAR & cameras.


Vescent Photonics, Inc., is a privately held company founded in 2002, and continues to develop and manufacture electro-optics, tunable lasers, and electronics for precision laser control. The technology sold to ADI is just one of its range of activities;


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