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Video: First 3D Solid-State LiDAR IC for Autonomous Driving to be Unveiled at CES 2018

06 December 2017

The industry's first 3D solid-state LiDAR (SSL) integrated circuit (IC) enabling mass production of automotive LiDARs will be showcased by LeddarTech at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, during Jan. 9-12.

Source: LeddarTech Source: LeddarTech The LeddarCore LCA2 is a CES 2018 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree in two categories: Vehicle Intelligence and Self-Driving Technology, and Embedded Technologies. This product represents the world's first solution enabling rapid industrialization of 3D solid-state flash LiDARs that meet the automotive industry's stringent requirements in terms of cost, performance and reliability.

Delivering on LeddarTech's aggressive product roadmap to support autonomous driving applications, the LeddarCore LCA2 makes commercial SSL deployments by automotive OEMs possible as early as 2020.

New SSL solutions based on the company's flagship LeddarCore solid-state LiDAR ICs will be on demonstration in the Leddar Ecosystem pavilion at CES 2018. These include LCA2 IC engineering samples and LCA2-based 3D Flash LiDAR modules (A-samples). Also on display will be discrete implementations of LiDAR systems highlighting the LeddarCore LCA3, which is currently under development with the first samples to be made available in 2018.

The powerful LeddarCore ICs generate up to 245 000 digitized waveforms per second, from nearly 1.3 billion samples and as many sample-based arithmetic operations. These waveforms are further processed using LeddarTech’s proprietary signal processing algorithms, which perform over 25 billion operations per second; this produces a rich LiDAR data set enabling the most advanced ADAS and autonomous driving applications.

Backed by a recent investment of US$101 million from strategic partners, in addition to multiple commercial agreements with key automotive industry players, LeddarTech sets itself apart from other LiDAR suppliers with its unique business model based on patented Leddar technology. Through this approach, LeddarTech delivers its core proprietary LiDAR know-how to Tier-1 manufacturers embedded within LeddarCore ICs, and partners with them to develop custom SSL reference designs that meet the specifications of individual OEMs. The strategic investors, who have also signed commercial agreements with LeddarTech, include Delphi, IDT, Magneti Marelli and OSRAM.

Leddar Ecosystem Pavilion

LeddarTech will be joined in its pavilion by many Leddar Ecosystem members who supply various specialized components, software and systems for use in the design of SSLs based on LeddarCore ICs.

These exhibiting members include:

• Optical components: OSRAM, Hamamatsu, Trilumina

• R-Car systems on chip: Renesas

• Integrated circuits: IDT

• Operating systems: Blackberry QNX

• Optics simulation tools: OPTIS

• Sensor cleaning systems: dlhBOWLES

• Integrator: AutonomouStuff

• Perception Kit: Groupement ADAS

“The Leddar Ecosystem is a unique consortium of world-renowned suppliers that meets industry requirements for multiple sourcing of critical components used in the development of LiDAR solutions,” said Luc Langlois, LeddarTech’s Vice President of Marketing. “Its members are truly committed to the LeddarCore program and provide product offerings that fulfill the requirements of Leddar technology for optimal alignment with our roadmap and our customers’ needs,” he added. “This ecosystem benefits our Tier-1 clients by giving them access to a wide variety of design choices, as well as various cost and performance options—allowing them to tailor LiDAR end-products to their intended applications, and not the other way around.”

Product integrations featuring Leddar SSLs will also be displayed in the CES exhibition booths of various LeddarTech Ecosystem members and strategic partners, including Magneti Marelli, OSRAM, Trilumina, Renesas and AutonomouStuff.

To contact the author of this article, email shimmelstein@globalspec.com

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