3D Time of Flight sensor designed for automobile safety and infotainment

SoftKinetic, a developer of 3D vision and gesture recognition solutions, along with semiconductor and sensor manufacturer Melexis, have announced the availability of a 3D Time of Flight sensor designed for automobile safety and infotainment.

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SoftKinetic, a developer of 3D vision and gesture recognition solutions, along with semiconductor and sensor manufacturer Melexis, have announced the availability of a 3D Time of Flight sensor designed for automobile safety and infotainment.

The MLX75023 sensor features a 320 x 240 pixel array of DepthSense Time of Flight pixels in a 1/3” CMOS format. Combined with a modulated light source, the sensor is capable of measuring distance and reflectivity at full resolution. The sensor also features modulation up to 40 MHz, up to 600 fps raw image frame rate, and a spectral response range of 800-900 nm. It incorporates SoftKinetic technology and is manufactured in Melexis’ automotive-grade CMOS mixed signal process. It is designed to work in full sunlight and can be used for natural 3D gesture recognition, driver monitoring, and infotainment navigation control and safety features.

With the MLX75023 sensor, drivers can reportedly adjust the temperature and radio or make a phone call using simple gestures and without taking their eyes off the road.

"Our partnership has allowed us to be the first to provide 3D vision to the automotive safety and infotainment markets, and we are confident that these sensors will enhance life safety and change the way drivers and passengers enjoy the vehicle experience," said Françoise Chombar, CEO at Melexis in a press release.

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