- ams OSRAM’s 905 nm edge-emitting lasers combine high optical output power with low-power consumption for LiDAR systems
- Cepton has partnered with ams OSRAM since its founding in 2016 to develop LiDAR solutions for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems(ADAS), autonomous vehicles, smart infrastructure and robotic vehicles
- Cepton uses ams OSRAM’s high-performance, automotive qualified infrared lasers that provide improved beam quality, extremely compact dimensions and low cost
Premstaetten, Austria (27th January, 2022) -- ams OSRAM (SIX: AMS), a global leader in optical solutions, is expanding its partnership with Cepton Technologies (Cepton), a LiDAR innovator, to provide groundbreaking LiDAR solutions in ADAS, autonomous vehicles and more. Cepton continues to be a leader in the LiDAR market and recently secured a large-scale LiDAR series production award for ADAS from a global, Detroit-based automotive OEM. LiDAR, which is short for "Light Detection and Ranging," calculates how long it takes for a laser beam to hit an object and reflect back. These measurements help create a 3D map of the vehicle’s surroundings to help guide the vehicle safely. Infrared illumination allows the vehicle to “see” its environment and is a key part of any LiDAR system. ams OSRAM is a market leading vendor with a strong portfolio of lasers that power many of today’s LiDAR systems.
Cepton’s recent production win with a global top 5 automotive OEM is a major milestone in the LiDAR industry due to its volume. With this deal, Cepton is expected to be the first LiDAR company to provide mass-market LiDAR solutions that feature ams OSRAM’s 905 nm lasers in ADAS across multiple vehicle models, not just luxury vehicles, by 2023.
Cepton CEO and co-founder Dr. Jun Pei said, “as we looked for a laser source partner for our mass-market LiDAR solution, ams OSRAM’s high-performance, compact size and automotive-grade edge-emitting laser provided a prime opportunity. Combined with the eye-safe operation at 905 nm wavelength enabled by ams OSRAM, our proprietary MMT® (Micro Motion Technology) imaging platform strikes the right balance between performance, cost and reliability, enabling the mainstream adoption of LiDAR in everyday consumer vehicles.”
ams OSRAM has been a leader in the market for over a decade, providing both Edge Emitting Lasers (EELs) and Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSELs). The company introduced the first 905 nm edge-emitting laser to the market. Today, it is the most commonly used wavelength in LiDAR solutions because of its low cost and reliability. The company continues to invest in advancing 905 nm laser technology, making it more efficient and easier to integrate.
“Our 905 nm lasers are some of the most efficient in the market, delivering the long-range measurements needed by autonomous vehicles to operate in any weather condition from rain and snow to fog,” said Joerg Strauss, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Visualization & Laser at ams OSRAM. “We are thrilled to continue our long relationship with Cepton by providing laser technology for its mass-market, scalable, automotive-grade LiDAR sensors. Cepton’s end-to-end LiDAR solutions are making our roadways safer by reducing accidents and enabling ADAS. Together, the two companies are helping usher in a new era in the automotive world with autonomous driving.”
Cepton uses ams OSRAM’s state-of-the-art laser diodes that combine outstanding performance and power efficiency. The compact product features multi-junction laser technology with three epitaxially-grown emitters stacked on top of each other. The laser can operate at temperatures up to 125°C.
About ams OSRAM
The ams OSRAM Group (SIX: AMS) is a global leader in optical solutions. By adding intelligence to light and passion to innovation, we enrich people’s lives. This is what we mean by Sensing is Life.
With over 110 years of combined history, our core is defined by imagination, deep engineering expertise and the ability to provide global industrial capacity in sensor and light technologies. We create exciting innovations that enable our customers in the consumer, automotive, healthcare and industrial sectors maintain their competitive edge and drive innovation that meaningfully improves the quality of life in terms of health, safety and convenience, while reducing impact on the environment.
Our around 26,000 employees worldwide focus on innovation across sensing, illumination and visualization to make journeys safer, medical diagnosis more accurate and daily moments in communication a richer experience. Our work creates technology for breakthrough applications, which is reflected in over 15,000 patents granted and applied. Headquartered in Premstaetten/Graz (Austria) with a co-headquarters in Munich (Germany), the group achieved well over USD 5 billion combined revenues in 2020 (pro-forma) and is listed as ams-OSRAM AG on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ISIN: AT0000A18XM4).
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Cepton is a Silicon Valley innovator of lidar-based solutions for automotive (ADAS/AV), smart cities, smart spaces and smart industrial applications. With its patented Micro Motion Technology (MMT®), Cepton aims to take lidar mainstream and achieve a balanced approach to performance, cost and reliability, while enabling scalable and intelligent 3D perception solutions across industries.
Cepton has been awarded the largest known ADAS lidar series production award in the industry to date, based on the number of vehicle models awarded, by a leading global top five automotive OEM and is engaged with other top ten OEMs.
Founded in 2016 and led by industry veterans with decades of collective experience across a wide range of advanced lidar and imaging technologies, Cepton is focused on the mass market commercialization of high performance, high quality lidar solutions. Cepton is headquartered in San Jose, CA and has a business development facility in Troy, MI to provide local support to the OEM and Tier 1-studded Metro Detroit area. Cepton also has a presence in Germany, Canada, Japan, India and China to serve a fast-growing global customer base. For more information, visit www.cepton.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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