Osram's Multi-infrared Sensing Targets The Automotive Laser Radar, Industrial Automation And Smart City Markets

- Jan 14, 2021-

Osram's multi-infrared sensing targets the automotive laser radar, industrial automation and smart city markets

Osram Opto Semiconductors is the industry’s leading manufacturer of infrared sensing components. Its product applications cover advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as consumer electronics, biometrics, 3D sensing, automotive lidar, driver monitoring, and industrial automation, smart cities, etc. Many fields, and with multiple light sources, such as IR LED, surface-emitting laser (VCSEL), edge-emitting laser (Edge-Emitting Laser) to respond to the requirements of various markets. 

Automotive lidar market 

High-end traditional cars and new energy vehicles are mostly equipped with ADAS systems, and lidar is recognized as the necessary sensors to achieve autonomous driving levels four to five. Therefore, in order to be fully prepared for autonomous driving levels four and five, car manufacturers are first equipped with lidar. Accumulate databases and improve accuracy. Alvin further stated that automotive lidar products mainly use Edge-Emitting Lasers to meet the requirements of long-distance sensing and accuracy. Taking long-distance sensing requirements as an example, at this stage, OSRAM has successfully launched single-channel (120W) and four-channel (480W) lidar laser products. Lidar laser products have been successfully delivered to customers for design and introduction, and it is expected that 2021 will usher in double growth.

Osram is pleased to see that VCSEL will be used in short-range sensing and will also have the opportunity to be introduced into the automotive lidar market. Alvin specifically stated that both Edge-Emitting Lasers and Surface-Emitting Lasers (VCSEL) for automotive lidar laser products will actively pass vehicle regulatory certification to shorten the time for customer introduction and make it more convenient for customers use.

In response to the needs of lidar customers in product design, OSRAM also launched Laser Bare Die products to address product space constraints.

Industrial automation, smart cities, robots 

At this stage, edge-fired lasers have been successfully applied to industrial lidars. With the improvement of VCSEL product efficiency and considering customers' requirements for optical design or product cost performance, Osram has also launched 10W VCSEL products to respond to short-range sensing Industrial lidar market. It is also in the industrial market. Compared with infrared LED products, VCSEL can provide a sensing distance of more than 200 meters, which can be used in unmanned factory monitoring or smart city security monitoring market.In particular, in addition to the use of radar in the UAV market, the use of lidar can also be seen in response to transmission speed and sensing distance requirements.

In addition, Alvin specifically mentioned the sweeping robot. The lidar sweeping robot can achieve simultaneous positioning and map construction (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, SLAM)? High-precision positioning. The lidar technology scans through 360 degrees, can respond immediately in any environment, and it has automatic return to home (automatic recharge) function. Although the cost is high at this stage, it is expected that the large-scale introduction will increase economies of scale and market demand.

Finally, Alvin mentioned that based on many market needs, OSRAM is the only manufacturer in the industry that covers the most comprehensive infrared sensing solutions for IRED, EEL and VCSEL, and can provide customers with the best solutions. I also believe that 2021 will be a year when the demand for infrared sensing market will grow again!

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