Osram Opto Semiconductors, a leading optoelectronics company and global number 1 in automotive lighting, announced an ultrafast laser driver with a high-power, multi-channel Surface Mount (SMT) laser for LiDAR (Light detection and ranging) systems. Osram, the leader in LiDAR lasers, and GaN Systems, the leader in GaN power semiconductors, partnered to develop the breakthrough in laser driver technology that enables longer range and higher resolution LiDAR architectures.
Osram has continuously expanded its laser portfolio for LiDAR to accommodate the needs of customers, including increasing the peak power of the SPL DS90A_3 to 120 W at 40 A. In addition, Osram plans to release a four-channel SMT laser in 2019. The additional channels increase the field of view and total peak power, with each channel being capable of generating 120 W.