August 30, 2022
SiLC Technologies, which develops machine vision and silicon photonics, has announced that its Eyeonic Vision Sensor has demonstrated the ability to perceive, identify and avoid objects at a range of more than one kilometer. Earlier this year the company demonstrated a detection range of more than 500 meters at CES, and the company said it has now optimized its technology to go beyond 1,000 meters.
The company said ultra-long-range visibility is a requirement for industries that utilize machine vision, including automotive, metrology, construction, drones, and more. Specific scenarios include providing enough time for a vehicle to evade an obstacle at highway speeds, enabling a drone to avoid others in the sky, and controlling deforestation by making precision mapping and surveying of forests possible.
The next-generation vision sensors that incorporate millimeter-level accuracy, depth, and instantaneous velocity are key to true autonomous driving and other machine vision applications, with FMCW lidar as the optimal technology to make this happen, SiLC said.
The Eyeonic Vision Sensor is an FMCW lidar transceiver that was announced in December 2021. The heart of the sensor is SiLC’s silicon photonic chip, which integrates FMCW lidar functionality into a single, tiny chip. SilC said the chip is the only readily integratable solution for manufacturers that are building the next generation of autonomous vehicles, security solutions, and industrial robots.
“Our technology platform is flexible enough to address ultra-long-range to ultra-short-range applications, which speaks to our understanding of what is needed to truly make machine vision as good or better than human vision,” said Mehdi Asghari, CEO and founder of SiLC Technologies. “The highly detailed, accurate instantaneous velocity and ultra-long-range information that our Eyeonic Vision Sensor provides is the key to helping robots classify and predict their environment – in the same way that the human eye and brain process together.”
The new achievement follows some other announcements from SiLC, including new partnerships with AutoX, Varroc, and Hokuyo. For more details on the company and its technology, visit the SiLC Technologies website here.