20 January 2022
Lextar supplies first high-volume AEC-Q102-qualified VCSELs to automakers
For expanding time-of-flight (ToF) three-dimensional (3D) applications, Lextar Electronics of Hsinchu, Taiwan (a subsidiary of Ennostar group) passed the strict AEC-Q102 standard and went into mass production before other companies (it is claimed) in 2020, and started to supply high-quality vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) to automakers in the European Union (EU) and USA in 2021.
Lextar says that its high-efficiency PV88Q-series VCSELs have extremely high environmental resistance (from -40°C to 125°C), can be operated without active cooling, and meet strict automotive environmental standards.
The special optical design provides a field of view (FoV) of 45–120° to meet the differing product design needs of customers. In particular, the VCSELs are especially suitable for in-cabin driving monitoring systems (DMS), advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and 3D gesture recognition applications in the car center control, helping drivers by improving driving safety.
“The PV88Q VCSEL product has passed the vehicle regulation certification and has been mass produced; now, we have successfully delivered to EU and USA automakers, which symbolizes that Lextar’s product design and manufacturing technology in high-end laser packaging has entered a new milestone, also proving Lextar’s capability to provide efficient and reliable sensing components for the intelligent driving monitoring system in the car,” says Mitch Lee, deputy general manager of the Lextar Electronics business group.
Lextar reckons that, in the future, its high-end laser sensing products will play a key role in the supply chain of new-generation vehicles.