Scantinel Photoncis GmbH has launched its chip-scale massive-parallelized scanning LiDAR system (OEATM) based on a photonic integrated circuit (PIC). According to Scantinel, the PIC has 256 channels and enables full performance long-range (> 300m) solid-state scanning. Development and fabrication of the PIC were further made possible by a partnership with imec.
A CMOS-compatible fabrication of the PIC at the wafer-level helps reduce cost, size, and weight, according to Scantinel. In addition, the company says that power for a given LiDAR system can be scaled for high-volume applications, like autonomous cars. “Our unique Optical Enhanced Array is combining the PIC with Scantinel’s own developed optics, which is certainly a groundbreaking development,” said Vladimir Davydenko, co-founder of Scantinel.
An FMCW LiDAR demonstrator using the PIC with the Optical Enhanced Arrays will be available by the middle of 2021.