Silicon photonics startup for integrated 4D vision solutions, SiLC Technologies, has introduced an integrated 1550 nm FMCW LiDAR on a chip. Utilizing frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technology at 1550 nm wavelength, SiLC’s Vision Sensor represents the future of LiDAR in which safety, performance and range dramatically increase, while full integration enables a low-cost, low power, and compact footprint.
SiLC’s silicon-based integration platform will transform the economics of the LiDAR market and enable a broad range of consumer, industrial, robotics and security applications. SiLC will demonstrate record-setting performance with its integrated 4D Vision Sensor test chip at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Unlike existing solutions, based on Time of Flight (TOF) technology at 905 nm, which suffer from range limitation due to eye safety and concerns about multi-user cross-talk, SiLC’s FMCW 1550 nm Vision Sensor enables interference free and eye safe operation. Utilizing coherent detection techniques enables low laser peak power and measurement of instantaneous velocity at the same time.