Sensors Midwest 2018: LiDAR ToF Measurements Crucial For Auto Apps

A simplified description of time-of-flight (ToF) measurement would the measurement of the amount of time an object takes to travel a certain distance in a medium. Associated with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology, which is most often associated with autonomous vehicles and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), the mediums we would expect ToF measurements to be made in would be air in different states (dry, humid, etc.) and possibly water (flooding situations). For vehicles relying on an ADAS and/or LiDAR camera systems, these measurements are critical for ensuring safe travels.


The best place to start in getting familiar with the concepts of ToF measurements and how they relate to LiDAR is with the basics. At Sensors Midwest, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm, a golden opportunity exists to learn the basics and beyond in a session titled, “LiDAR System for Assisted and Autonomous Driving Vehicles.”

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The session, presented by Juergen Kernhof, System Architect at Integrated Device Technology (IDT) Europe GmbH, introduces the basics of LiDAR ToF measurement. In addition, the performance differences between a Point-Laser and a Flash-Faser acquisition system and the requirements for distance measurements for automotive applications will be described in detail.


A key component of a LiDAR system is an integrated measurement IC and a distance data acquisition system. The scalable architecture and implementation details of the optical sensor interface will be presented in relation to system costs.


Juergen Kernhof is currently the System Architect at Integrated Device Technology (IDT) Europe GmbH. Prior to that, from 1985 to 1992 he was the Head of the VLSI Department at the Institute of Microelectronics Stuttgart. After that, from 1992 to 1993 he worked as a senior design engineer at Fujitsu Electronics Europe followed by being a Team Leader for the Automotive Group at Dialog Semiconductor from 2003 to 2014 and a Systems Architect at ZMDI.


To get your share of this invaluable knowledge, you need to do two simple things:

  1. Register for Sensors Midwest 2018.
  2. Attend the “LiDAR System for Assisted and Autonomous Driving Vehicles 

And while you’re at it, checkout the conference schedule for related sessions and the exhibitor lineup for presentations of the latest sensors and sensor-related products plus a plethora other technologies.



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