ON Semiconductor has acquired SensL Technologies, a provider of Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM), Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) and LiDAR sensing products for automotive, medical, industrial and consumer markets. This acquisition strengthens ON’s offering in sensing products for autonomous driving and ADAS applications, with a portfolio of imaging, radar, ultrasound and LiDAR technologies.
On Semi to offer advanced solutions products for automotive, medical, industrial and consumer markets
This acquisition combined with previously acquired radar firms has uniquely positioned ON Semi to provide a comprehensive set of sensor solutions for next-generation highly autonomous vehicles as well as boosting its position in image sensing and ultrasonic park assistance, according to the announcement.
“The entire SensL team, founded by Carl Jackson and led by Bryan Campbell, have done a great job in bringing SiPMs to market and we look forward to expanding their market success and continuing their product portfolio in LiDAR, medical imaging and radiation detection,” said Taner Ozcelik, senior vice president and general manager Image Sensor Group. “The automotive sensor fusion demand is growing at an accelerated pace with a need for additional sensor technologies that are provided by the SensL team. Expanding our sensor technology assets and design capacity in Ireland will allow us to extend our leadership in established segments and to deliver new, world-class solutions for emerging segments.”
SensL has product lines based on SiPM and SPAD technologies which pave the way towards affordable solid state LiDAR.
The company has multiple customers for automotive LiDAR and a roadmap based on their SPAD and SiPM based depth sensing technologies.
SensL’s depth sensing technologies are based on CMOS, which provides the economies of scale for cost-effective solid-state LiDAR solutions and enables leading depth accuracy, distance and power consumption for challenging imaging situations, On Semi noted in the announcement.
These depth sensing technologies also enable advances in industrial robotics, machine vision, drones as well as mobile and other consumer applications.
In the second half of 2018, ON Semiconductor is planning to introduce samples to the market which incorporate technology from the radar assets acquired in 2017.
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