Semtech Collaborates with Intel to Develop LiDAR Technology

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

May 20, 2021


Semtech Collaborates with Intel to Develop LiDAR Technology
(Image Courtesy of Semtech)

Semtech Corporation announced a collaboration with Intel to develop optical semiconductor platforms for Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR).

Semtech's advanced laser drivers and programmable transimpedance amplifiers (TIAs) are integrated into Intel's RealSense LiDAR Camera L515, enabling the creation of consumer LiDAR.

The collaboration between Intel RealSense technology and Semtech's Signal Integrity Products Group has focused on enabling the L515 camera to work in very low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) environments. The TIAs feature low input referred noise (IRN), which in turn allows the L515 to be a power-efficient, high-accuracy LiDAR system at a high resolution of up to 23 million depth points per second.

The L515 leverages the Semtech TIA's high bandwidth to deliver high-precision depth and less than 16mm error at max operating range. Coupled with high frequency laser modulation, the L515 demonstrates the capability to sense small objects as small as 7mm diameter 1m away (1).  

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(1). Tested at Intel labs on 80% reflective , 7mm diameter cylinder with 7mm height, using L515 XGA resolution.

Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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