Gpixel and Lumotive Release Design Platform for Mobility Applications

Oct. 3, 2022
The platform comprises Lumotive’s LM10 LCM™ Beam Steering Chip and Gpixel’s GTOF0503 ToF Sensor.

Stuttgart, Germany—Lumotive, developer of beam steering chips for lidar sensors, and Gpixel, a provider of CMOS image sensor solutions, announced the availability of the M30 Reference Design Platform.

The platform, which the companies plan to demonstrate at VISION 2022 in Stuttgart, Germany, this week, is designed to speed the adoption of 3D lidar sensors for mobility and industrial applications such as autonomous navigation of robots. The platform comprises Lumotive’s LM10 LCM beam steering chip and Gpixel’s GTOF0503 sensor.

"Autonomy and automation are the future, and 3D sensing using lidar is a key enabler for both these megatrends,” says Rakinder Grover, Vice President Strategy and Partnerships at Lumotive.

Wim Wuyts, Chief Commercial Officer at Gpixel, adds, “The pairing of Gpixel’s GTOF0503 indirect time-of-flight image sensor with Lumotive’s LM10 beam steering chip provides an ideal solution for medium to long range 3D applications.”

The first version of the M30 Reference Design Platform is currently being evaluated by a number of lidar systems developers, ToF camera makers, and industrial OEMs. The next generation of the platform with enhanced performance and optimized for volume manufacturing is expected to be available by mid-2023.

The companies contend that lidar sensors based on LCM electronic beam steering have advantages over flash illumination solutions, such as: superior outdoor range performance, software-defined scan modes for increased and application-specific performance (range, field of view, frame rate, resolution) only where it matters, optimization of illumination across the field of view in high ambient light levels and for varying levels of reflectivity, and improved interference mitigation from other sensors. 

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