Thursday, February 29, 2024

STMicroelectronics announces new ToF Sensors

VD55H1 Low-Noise Low-Power iToF Sensor
-- New design feat, packing 672 x 804 sensing pixels in a tiny chip size and can map a three-dimensional surface in great detail by measuring distance to over half a million points.
-- Lanxin Technology will use the VD55H1 for intelligent obstacle avoidance and high-precision docking in mobile robots; MRDVS will enhance its 3D cameras adding high-accuracy depth-sensing. 



VL53L9 dToF 3D Lidar Module
-- New high-resolution sensor with 5cm – 9m ranging distance ensures accurate depth measurements for camera assistance, hand tracking, and gesture recognition.
-- VR systems use the VL53L9 to depict depth more accurately within 2D and 3D imaging, improving mapping for immersive gaming and other applications like 3D avatars.

The two new products announced will enhance safer mobile robots in industrial environments​ and smart homes as well as enable advanced VR applications.



The VL53L9CA is a state of the art, dToF 3D lidar (light detection and ranging) module with market leading resolution of up to 2.3k zones and accurate ranging from 5cm to 10m.


Full press release:

STMicroelectronics expands into 3D depth sensing with latest time-of-flight sensors

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced an all-in-one, direct Time-of-Flight (dToF) 3D LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) module with market-leading 2.3k resolution, and revealed an early design win for the world’s smallest 500k-pixel indirect Time-of-Flight (iToF) sensor.
 
“ToF sensors, which can accurately measure the distance to objects in a scene, are driving exciting new capabilities in smart devices, home appliances, and industrial automation. We have already delivered two billion sensors into the market and continue to extend our unique portfolio, which covers all types from the simplest single-zone devices up to our latest high-resolution 3D indirect and direct ToF sensors,” said Alexandre Balmefrezol, General Manager, Imaging Sub-Group at STMicroelectronics. “Our vertically integrated supply chain, covering everything from pixel and metasurface lens technology and design to fabrication, with geographically diversified in-house high-volume module assembly plants, lets us deliver extremely innovative, highly integrated, and high-performing sensors.”
 
The VL53L9, announced today, is a new direct ToF 3D LiDAR device with a resolution of up to 2.3k zones. Integrating a dual scan flood illumination, unique in the market, the LiDAR can detect small objects and edges and captures both 2D infrared (IR) images and 3D depth map information. It comes as a ready-to-use low power module with its on-chip dToF processing, requiring no extra external components or calibration. Additionally, the device delivers state-of-the-art ranging performance from 5cm to 10 meters.
 
VL53L9’s suite of features elevates camera-assist performance, supporting macro up to telephoto photography. It enables features such as laser autofocus, bokeh, and cinematic effects for still and video at 60fps (frame per second). Virtual reality (VR) systems can leverage accurate depth and 2D images to enhance spatial mapping for more immersive gaming and other VR experiences like virtual visits or 3D avatars. In addition, the sensor’s ability to detect the edges of small objects at short and ultra-long ranges makes it suitable for applications such as virtual reality or SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping).
 
ST is also announcing news of its VD55H1 ToF sensor, including the start of volume production and an early design win with Lanxin Technology, a China-based company focusing on mobile-robot deep-vision systems. MRDVS, a subsidiary company, has chosen the VD55H1 to add high-accuracy depth-sensing to its 3D cameras. The high-performance, ultra-compact cameras with ST’s sensor inside combine the power of 3D vision and edge AI, delivering intelligent obstacle avoidance and high-precision docking in mobile robots.

In addition to machine vision, the VD55H1 is ideal for 3D webcams and PC applications, 3D reconstruction for VR headsets, people counting and activity detection in smart homes and buildings. It packs 672 x 804 sensing pixels in a tiny chip size and can accurately map a three-dimensional surface by measuring distance to over half a million points. ST’s stacked-wafer manufacturing process with backside illumination enables unparalleled resolution with smaller die size and lower power consumption than alternative iToF sensors in the market. These characteristics give the sensors their excellent credentials in 3D content creation for webcams and VR applications including virtual avatars, hand modeling and gaming.

First samples of the VL53L9 are already available for lead customers and mass production is scheduled for early 2025. The VD55H1 is in full production now.

Pricing information and sample requests are available at local ST sales offices. ST will showcase a range of ToF sensors including the VL53L9 and explain more about its technologies at Mobile World Congress 2024, in Barcelona, February 26-29, at booth 7A61.
 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Five Jobs from Omnivision in Norway and Belgium

 Omnivision has sent us the following list of openings in their CMOS sensor development teams -

In Oslo, Norway:

Analog Characterization Engineer   Link

Functional Safety Verification Engineer   Link

Sr. Digital Design Engineer   Link

Staff Digital Design Engineer   Link

In Mechelen, Belgium:

Staff Characterization Engineer   Link

Jobs Submitted by Employers

onsemi (11 Feb 2024)   Link 

Sony (7 Feb 2024)    Link

Qurv (3 Feb 2024)   Link 

Photonis - (31 Jan 2024)   Link 

Sony Semiconductor Solutions - America (25 Jan 2024)   Link

CEA Leti (23 Jan 2024)   Link 

ISAE SUPAERO (23 Jan 2024)   Link  

Transformative Optics (20 Jan 2024)   Link

Teledyne (13 Dec 2023)   Link

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Job Postings - Week of 25 February 2024

Sony UK Technology Centre

Industrial Engineer

Penceod, Wales, UK

Link

Apple

Image Quality Analyst

San Diego, California, USA

Link

Jenoptik

Imaging Engineer

Camberley, England, UK

Link

NASA

Postdoc - Materials and Process Development for Ultraviolet Detector Technologies (apply by 1 Mar 2024)

Pasadena, California, USA

Link

ASML

Research Group Lead Sensor Modelling and Computational Imaging

Veldhoven, Netherlands

Link

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Deputy Director-Instrumentation Division

Upton, New York, USA

Link

Axon

Principal Systems Engineer (Remote)

Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Link

Rochester Institute of Technology

Tenure Track Faculty – Center for Imaging Science

Rochester, New York, USA

Link

Science and Technology Facilities Council – Rutherford Appleton

Detector Scientist Industrial Placement

Didcot, Oxfordshire, England, UK

Link


Saturday, February 24, 2024

Conference List - August 2024

International Symposium on Sensor Science - 1-4 Aug 2024 - Singapore - Website

Quantum Structure Infrared Photodetector (QSIP)  International Conference - 12-16 Aug 2024 - Santa Barbara, California, USA - Website

SPIE Optics & Photonics - 18-22 Aug 2024 - San Diego, California, USA - Website

International Conference on Sensors and Sensing Technology - 29-31 August 2024 - Valencia, Spain - Website

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Friday, February 23, 2024

Teledyne acquires Adimec

From Metrology News: https://metrology.news/teledyne-to-acquire-high-performance-camera-specialist-adimec/

Teledyne to Acquire High-Performance Camera Specialist Adimec

Teledyne Technologies has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Adimec Holding B.V. and its subsidiaries (Adimec). Adimec, founded in 1992 and headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands, develops customized high-performance industrial and scientific cameras for applications where image quality is of paramount importance.

​“Adimec possesses uniquely complementary technology, products and customers in the shared strategic focus areas of healthcare, global defense, and semiconductor and electronics inspection,” said Edwin Roks, Chief Executive Officer of Teledyne. “For decades and from our own X-ray imaging business headquartered in Eindhoven, I have watched Adimec grow to become a leader in niche applications requiring truly accurate images for precise decision making in time-critical processes.”

Joost van Kuijk, Adimec’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce publicly that Adimec will become part of Teledyne. Adimec’s success has always been built on ensuring imaging excellence in demanding applications through an unwavering focus on individual customer requirements by our expert engineers and designers.”

Adimec co- Chief Executive Officer, Alex de Boer added, “As a leader in advanced imaging technologies for industrial and scientific markets, Teledyne is the perfect company to build further on the strong foundation the founders and management have established over the past three decades. The entire Adimec team is looking forward to contributing to an exciting future with Teledyne while extending technical boundaries to support our customers with cameras – perfectly optimized to their application needs.”

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Computational Imaging Photon by Photon



Arizona Optical Sciences Colloquium: Andreas Velten, "Computational Imaging Photon by Photon"

Abstract
Our cameras usually measure light as an analog flux that varies as a function of space and time. This approximation ignores the quantum nature of light which is actually made of discrete photons each of which is collected at a sensor pixel at an instant in time. Single photon cameras have pixels that can detect photons and the timing of their arrival resulting in cameras with unprecedented capabilities. Concepts like motion blur, exposure time, and dynamic range that are essential to conventional cameras do not really apply to single photon sensors. In this presentation I will cover computational imaging capabilities enabled by single photon cameras and their applications.

The extreme time resolution of single photon cameras enables time of flight measurements we use for Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) Imaging. NLOS systems reconstruct images of scene using indirect light from reflections off a diffuse relay surface. After illuminating the relay surface with short pulses, the returning light is detected with high time resolution single photon cameras. We thereby capture video of the light propagation in the visible scene and reconstruct images of hidden parts of the scene.

Over the past decade NLOS imaging has seen rapid progress and we can now capture and reconstruct hidden scenes in real time and with high image quality. In this presentation I will give an overview over the imaging using single photon avalanche diodes, reconstruction methods, and applications driving NLOS imaging and provide an outlook for future development.

Bio
Andreas Velten is Associate Professor at the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and directs the Computational Optics Group. He obtained his PhD with Prof. Jean-Claude Diels in Physics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and was a postdoctoral associate of the Camera Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab. He has included in the MIT TR35 list of the world's top innovators under the age of 35 and is a senior member of NAI, OSA, and SPIE as well as a member of Sigma Xi. He is co-Founder of Onlume, a company that develops surgical imaging systems, and Ubicept, a company developing single photon imaging solutions.

Monday, February 19, 2024

SolidVue develops solid-state LiDAR chip

From PR Newswire: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/solidvue-koreas-exclusive-developer-of-lidar-sensor-chips-showcasing-world-class-technological-capabilities-302018487.html

SolidVue, Korea's Exclusive Developer of LiDAR Sensor Chips Showcasing World-Class Technological Capabilities 

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- SolidVue Inc., Korea's exclusive enterprise specialized in CMOS LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor IC development, once again proved its global technological prowess by announcing its achievement of two LiDAR-related papers being accepted at the upcoming 'ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) 2024'.

Established in 2020, SolidVue focuses on designing SoCs (System-on-Chip) for LiDAR sensors that comprehensively assesses the shapes and distances of surrounding objects. This is a pivotal technology assured to see significant growth in industries such as but not limited to autonomous vehicles and smart cities.

Jaehyuk Choi, the CEO of SolidVue, disclosed the company's development of Solid-State LiDAR sensor chips, aiming to replace all components of traditional mechanical LiDAR with semiconductors. This innovation is expected to reduce volume by up to one-tenth and costs by around one-hundredth compared to the aforementioned mechanical LiDAR.

Utilizing its proprietary CMOS SPAD (Single Photon Avalanche Diode) technology, SolidVue's LiDAR sensor chips flawlessly detect even minute particles of light, enhancing measurement precision. The company focuses on all LiDAR detection ranges (short, medium, long), notably making advancements in the medium-to-long distance sector suited for autonomous vehicles and robotics. By the third quarter of this year, they meticulously developed an Engineering Sample (ES) of a Solid-State LiDAR sensor chip capable of measuring up to 150 meters, and are aiming for mass production by the end of 2024.
Choi emphasized SolidVue's independent development of various core technologies such as SPAD devices, LiDAR sensor architectures, and integrated image signal processors, while also highlighting the advantage of SolidVue's single-chip design in cost and size reduction compared to the multi-chip setup of traditional mechanical LiDAR sensors.

SolidVue's technological prowess has been repeatedly acknowledged at the ISSCC, marking a remarkable achievement for a Korean fabless company. At the forthcoming ISSCC 2024, SolidVue is set to showcase its groundbreaking advancements, including a 50-meter mid-range Solid-State LiDAR sensor that features a resolution of 320x240 pixels and optimized memory efficiency. Additionally, a 10-meter short-range Flash LiDAR will be presented, characterized by its 160x120 pixel resolution and an ultra-low power consumption of 3-uW per pixel. These significant innovations are the result of collaborative efforts between SolidVue, Sungkyunkwan University, and UNIST.

Ahead of full product commercialization, SolidVue's focal point is securing domestic and international clients as well as attracting investments. In January, they plan to make their debut at the 'CES 2024', the world's largest electronics exhibition, by showcasing their 150-m LiDAR sensor chip ES products with the aim of initiating discussions and collaborations with leading global LiDAR suppliers.

Since its establishment, SolidVue has secured a cumulative $6 million in investments. Key Korean VCs such as KDB Bank, Smilegate Investment, Quantum Ventures Korea, Quad Ventures, among others, have participated as financial investors. Additionally, Furonteer, a company specializing in automated equipment for automotive camera modules, joined as SolidVue's first strategic investor.

CEO Choi stated, "Aligning with the projected surge in LiDAR demand post-2026, we are laying the groundwork for product commercialization." He added, "We are heavily engaged in joint research and development with major Korean corporations, discussing numerous LiDAR module supply deals, and exploring collaborations with global companies for overseas market penetration."

SolidVue’s LiDAR sensor chip and demonstration images (Photo=SolidVue)


Sunday, February 18, 2024

Job Postings - Week of 18 February 2024

Pacific Biosciences

Staff CMOS Sensor Test Engineer

Menlo Park, California, USA

Link

Vilnius University

PostDoc in Experimental HEP

Vilnius, Lithuania

Link

Precision Optics Corporation

Electrical Engineer

Windham, Maine, USA

Link

CEDES

(Senior) Design Engineer in Product Development

Singapore

Link

Karl Storz

Image Processing Engineer V

Goleta, California, USA

Link

Karl Storz

Development Engineer - Image Processing

Tuttlingen, Germany

Link

University of Warwick

PhD Studentship: Towards Silicon Photonics Based Gas Sensors

Coventry, UK

Link

Leidos

Optical Test Engineer

Dayton, Ohio, USA

Link

Teledyne e2v Semiconductors

MBE Growth Production Engineer

Camarillo, California, USA

Link

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Conference List - July 2024

The 9th International Smart Sensor Technology Exhibition - 3-5 Jul 2024 - Seoul, Korea (South) - Website

17th International Conference on Scintillating Materials and their Applications - 8-12 Jul 2024 - Milan, Italy - Website

Optica Sensing and Imaging Congresses - 15-19 Jul 2024 - Toulouse, France  - Website

International Conference on Imaging, Signal Processing and Communications - 19-21 Jul 2024 - Fukuoka, Japan - Website

American Association of Physicists in Medicine Annual Meeting - 21-25 Jul 2024 - Los Angeles, California, USA - Website

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