Another lidar acquisition: ADI acquires Vescent beam-steering technology

ADI acquired solid-state laser beam steering technology from Vescent Photonics for more robust lidar systems.

On the heels of related light detection and ranging (lidar) acquisitions, Analog Devices (ADI; Norwood, MA) acquired solid-state laser beam steering technology from Vescent Photonics (Golden, CO) to enable more robust integrated lidar systems that overcome many of the major drawbacks associated with today's bulky mechanical offerings such as reliability, size, and cost. ADI says the acquisition strengthens its position as a major automotive safety system technology partner for next-generation advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving applications and builds on ADI's 20-year history in advancing automotive safety.

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"From inertial MEMS sensors used in airbag and electronic stability control applicationsto 24 GHz and 77 GHz automotive RADAR, ADI solutions have helped save lives for over two decades," said Chris Jacobs, general manager of Automotive Safety, Analog Devices. "And now, this innovative technology will play an important role in making LIDAR systems more compact, more robust, and an affordable feature in every new car worldwide."

Today's ADAS systems must rely on a suite of sensor technologies that include cameras, RADAR, and lidar to effectively provide advanced safety features such as forward collision warning, blind spot detection, pedestrian detection, and autonomous driving functions. Scanning LIDAR systems can be used to detect objects on or near the roadway and fill the blind spots known to exist when using RADAR & cameras.

Vescent Photonics, a privately held company founded in 2002, specializes in developing and manufacturing electro-optics, tunable lasers, and electronics for precision laser control.

SOURCE: Analog Devices; http://www.analog.com/en/about-adi/news-room/press-releases/2016/11-17-2016-adi-acquires-laser-beam-technology.html

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