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Osram and Chronoptics partner to create 3D ToF camera kit

22 Dec 2020

Based on Chronoptics’ depth-processing algorithms and Osram’s infrared VCSELs

The three-dimensional capturing of the surroundings is increasingly important in many different applications. Notable examples and growing markets range from LiDAR in cars for autonomous driving to biometric identification systems needed to unlock mobile devices.

3D sensing systems usually consist of different building blocks which need to be optimally matched and coordinated. Typically an infrared light source illuminates the defined field of view for a dedicated 3D camera. Software then processes the recorded image to extract depth information and generate useful information about the surroundings.

Based on Chronoptics’ patented depth processing algorithms alongside Osram’s infrared VCSEL technologies, the companies are together developing a new 3D time of flight (ToF) camera system, which they say offers ”improved performance compared to state of the art ToF cameras.”

Industrial, consumer and automotive

Chronoptics’ KEA 3D ToF camera system is being used for industrial, consumer as well as automotive use cases. With its compact dimensions of only 100 x 40 x 35mm, the camera is designed for an operating distance between 0.2 to 15 meters and has an ambient light immunity of up to 120,000 lux.

Osram’s Bidos P2433Q VCSEL has been chosen due to its compact form factor, optimal performance with regards to power output and module efficiencies of 38% (and upcoming modules with up to 50%) as well as its high-volume manufacturing package concept.

“During the project we appreciated the close technical support and intense exchange on the project with our partners at Osram,” said Richard Conroy, CEO and founder of Chronoptics. “We simplify the design and integration of 3D camera solutions into tomorrow’s intelligent products for our partners, leveraging our patented depth processing and deep ToF expertise.

“Our KEA ToF camera, powered by Osram’s leading VCSEL illumination, is available to accelerate our clients' product development.” New Zealand based Chronoptics develops ToF cameras specified to deliver accurate 3D data tailored for many applications.

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