TriEye, Denso team to evaluate CMOS-based SWIR camera

June 12, 2020
The evaluation of TriEye's SWIR camera by Denso will demonstrate the product’s ability to deliver mission-critical image data under a wide range of scenarios.
(Credit: TriEye)

Semiconductor startup TriEye (Tel Aviv, Israel), whose shortwave-infrared (SWIR) sensing technology enhances visibility in adverse weather and night time conditions, has launched its Sparrow CMOS-based SWIR camera. The company has partnered with global automotive supplier Denso (Kariya, Japan) to evaluate the camera.

The evaluation of Sparrow by Denso will demonstrate the product’s ability to deliver mission-critical image data under a wide range of scenarios, made possible by leveraging the physical properties of the SWIR spectrum. The sensor is particularly effective in low-visibility conditions such as identifying black ice, dark-clothed pedestrians, and cyclists, all under low-light or other common low visibility conditionsdetection scenarios that are paramount for the automotive industry.  

TriEye aims to solve the low-visibility challenge on the roads by making SWIR cameras affordable and accessible for the global mass market. The release of the Sparrow camera marks a major milestone towards that goal. The company is expected to launch the first samples of its Raven CMOS-based SWIR HD camera later in 2020. 

TriEye’s SWIR camera can be integrated as a standard visible camera and can reuse existing visible image AI algorithms, which saves the effort of recollecting and annotating millions of miles. The camera will allow advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles (AVs) to achieve unprecedented vision capabilities to save lives on the roads. 

Indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs)-based SWIR cameras have not been used for mass-market applications due to their high costs and large form factor. Based on a decade of nanophotonics research, TriEye enables the fabrication of a CMOS-based HD SWIR sensor at scale, which is small in size and said to be 1000X lower in cost than current technology. 

In addition to the evaluation by TriEye's automotive customers, the company has already delivered samples of the Sparrow to its nonautomotive customers. 

This achievement follows other major milestones announced by TriEye in the past year, including a $19 million Series A funding round led by Intel Capital, with the participation of Porsche Ventures and Grove Ventures, as well as a collaboration with Porsche AG. 

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Source: TriEye press release – June 11, 2020

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