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LightTime Introduces Latest Laser Radar

April 10, 2006

Real-Time 3D MEMS LADAR will enable development of next-generation sensors and scanners.


OSHKOSH, WI /MARKET WIRE/ --LightTime LLC, a privately held developer of high-performance optoelectronics technology, will present its latest LADAR (laser radar) technology at the SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering) Defense and Security Symposium 2006. Dr. James Siepmann, LightTime's Chief Research Officer, will present "Fusion of Current Technologies with Real-Time 3D MEMS LADAR for Novel Security & Defense Applications," describing the technology for the development of a new class of low-cost, compact LADAR devices.

The SPIE Defense and Security Symposium, the only annual open event on sensing technologies for defense and security applications, will take place on April 17-21 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Dr. Siepmann's presentation will be given on April 19 during the Laser Radar Technology and Applications XI session (6214-10).

"LightTime's LADAR technology has the potential to open up a new class of inexpensive, portable 3D LADAR devices," said Clark Caflisch, president and CEO of LightTime. "We have integrated high-performance semiconductor lasers with the latest MEMS scanning mirror techniques, which we are confident will be the enabling technologies for the next generation of real-time 3D sensors."

Compact, low-cost LADAR sensors and scanners have numerous military, law enforcement, and other applications. Today's LADAR devices are shoebox-size, weigh approximately 15 kg, and cost approximately $100,000.00. In contrast, LightTime's MEMS LADAR designs can be reduced to the chip level, resulting in a smaller, lighter, dramatically less expensive unit.

LightTime has developed designs for practical devices that would operate over a range of 1-100 meters, with a resolution of <1 cm, +40° field of view, 320 x 240 display resolution, and high-resolution zooming. Systems can also transmit range, intensity, color, and GPS data to build 3D surveys. Devices can be designed to be handheld or incorporated into a helmet, and operate on <4 W.

LightTime is an optoelectronics development company specializing in LADAR imaging systems, optical clocks, modelocked lasers, and multi-wavelength sources. LightTime's proprietary and patented technologies are available to OEMs and through licensing agreements and partnerships. Engineering samples of LightTime's technologies will be produced in collaboration with strategic partners' development programs.


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