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Laser Components, Fraunhofer Partner for Lidar Technology

Photonics.com
Nov 2018
BEDFORD, N.H., Nov. 26, 2018 — Laser Components GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems (IMS) have signed a cooperation agreement for lidar technology.

Researchers will contribute new sensor technologies that promise particularly precise measurements in automotive lidar.

“Like all institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, we are always aware of the practical benefits of our research,” said Jennifer Ruskowski, head of 3D sensors at Fraunhofer IMS. “Our new single-photon avalanche diodes are about a hundred times more sensitive than the photodiodes used in smartphones. The integration of sensor and readout electronics in a CMOS chip enables very powerful 1D and 2D detector arrays.”

“The developments of Fraunhofer IMS are an optimal complement to our own lidar products,” said Patrick Paul, managing director of Laser Components.

Laser Components is a developer of lasers, detectors, optical components, and modules. Fraunhofer IMS carries out research, development, and pilot fabrication of microelectronic solutions for industrial and public clients.


GLOSSARY
lidar
An acronym of light detection and ranging, describing systems that use a light beam in place of conventional microwave beams for atmospheric monitoring, tracking and detection functions. Ladar, an acronym of laser detection and ranging, uses laser light for detection of speed, altitude, direction and range; it is often called laser radar.
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