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SiLC Technologies Raises $12M in Funding

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MONROVIA, Calif., March 5, 2020 — SiLC Technologies has closed a $12 million seed financing round, which founder and CEO Mehdi Asghari said will allow the company to refine its 4D+ Vision Chip lidar sensor.
At CES 2020, a point cloud taken with SiLC's 4D+ Vision Chip detects a rooftop security camera post at 190m and a lamp post at 250 meters. Courtesy of SiLC Technologies.
At CES 2020, a point cloud taken with SiLC's 4D+ Vision Chip detects a rooftop security camera post at 190m and a lamppost at 250 meters. Courtesy of SiLC Technologies.

The chip is claimed to exceed the range, resolution, and accuracy of most lidar sensors on the market and in a smaller footprint. It operates at the 1550 nm wavelength, which the company said allows for better energy efficiency and prevents interference from other lidar sensors and sunlight. The company expects that the technology will be a boon for startups developing autonomous vehicles, and could be used for AR/VR applications and biometric scanning.

In addition to Dell, who led the round, the company is backed by Decent Capital, ITIC Ventures, and undisclosed angel investors.

Photonics.com
Mar 2020
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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