Partners Create Next Generation Automotive LiDARs

TowerJazz announce that its 0.18 µm CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) SPAD (single-photon avalanche diode) process has been chosen by LeddarTech for its next generation automotive LiDAR solutions, combining CMOS, image sensors and SPAD on the same chip. TowerJazz’s 0.18 µm CIS SPAD platform offers an integrated solution with solid figures of merit. Reportedly, its photon detection efficiency (PDE) is similar to, or better than, the leading stand-alone SPADs in the market. The dark count rate (DCR) is less than 100 Hz/um^2 at 60°C and less than 1KHz/um^2 at 100°C (especially suited for automotive applications), and jitter of less than one nanosecond. This sophisticated platform also saves silicon, and therefore, reduces cost of mass production. 


 LeddarTech’s LiDAR solutions enable active safety systems and semi-autonomous capabilities in vehicles, paving the way toward fully autonomous driving. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), a detection system which works on the principle of radar, but uses light from a laser, is considered a must have for autonomous driving due to its high resolution at long distances. For more details, visit LeddarTech and TowerJazz.


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