SOS LAB, a LiDAR startup for self-driving cars, and semiconductor supplier ON Semiconductor, have signed an agreement to advance the development and commercialization of LiDAR technology for the automotive and smart factory markets.
Based in South Korea, SOS LAB provides high-power VCSEL light sources & Metalens optical technology. The company focuses on developing small-scale, accurate, and affordable LiDAR sensors for self-driving cars, autonomous vehicles, hyper automation, AI security and other related industries.
ON Semiconductor provides a number of intelligent sensing solutions for automotive and autonomous perception, with advanced technology targeting all sensing modalities including image sensors, radar, and LiDAR. Its line includes high-resolution SPAD Arrays used for sensing single photons, making the combination ideal for a solid-state LiDAR time-of-flight application.
SOS LAB, has launched two types of LiDAR systems: a front long-range LiDAR (SL) using hybrid scanning technology and a side-by-side solid-state type LiDAR (ML) using big VCSEL and Metalens technology. Therefore, SOS LAB can provide a LiDAR solution that can measure front, rear, and full range for autonomous vehicles / ADAS.
“The signing of an MOU with a global leading semiconductor company such as ON Semiconductor has once again proved that SOS LAB's technology is the best in the world,” said JiSeong Jeong, CEO of SOS LAB, in a statement. “We expect to develop (solid-state) type LiDARs more quickly and plan to mass-produce LiDARs for vehicles with built-in headlamps and bumpers within 2-3 years.”