VIZTA aims at developing innovative technologies in the field of optical sensors and laser sources for short to long-range 3D-imaging and to demonstrate their value in several key applications including automotive, security, smart buildings, mobile robotics for smart cities, and industry4.0.
The key differentiating 12-inch Silicon sensing technologies developed during VIZTA are:
- Innovative SPAD* and lock-in pixel for Time of Flight* architecture sensors
- Cost-effective NIR* and RGB-Z* filters on-chip solutions
- Complex RGB+Z pixel architectures for multimodal 2D/3D imaging
For short-range sensors: advanced VCSEL* sources including wafer-level GaAs optics and associated high speed driver. These developed differentiating technologies allow the development and validation of innovative 3D imaging sensors products with the following highly integrated prototypes demonstrators:
- High resolution (>77 000 points) time-of-flight ranging sensor module with integrated VCSEL, drivers, filters and optics
- Very High resolution (VGA* min) depth camera sensor with integrated filters and optics
For Medium and Long range sensing, VIZTA also addresses new LiDAR* systems with dedicated sources, optics and sensors.
Technology developments of sensors and emitters are carried out by leading semiconductor product suppliers (STMicroelectronics, Trumpf, III-V Lab) with the support of equipment suppliers (Amat, Semilab) and CEA Leti RTO.
VIZTA project also includes the development of 6 demonstrators for key applications including automotive, security, smart buildings, mobile robotics for smart cities, and industry4.0 with a good mix of industrial and academic partners (Ibeo, Veoneer, Ficosa, Beamagine, IEE, DFKI, UPC, Idemia, CEA-List, ISD, BCB, IDE, Eurecat).
LiDAR: Light Distance and Ranging
NIR: Near Infrared Range
RGB-Z: Colour 2D pixels (Red, Green, Blue) + Distance Z pixel (IR)
SPAD: Single Photon Avalanche Diode
Time of Flight: Distance measurement technique based on photon travel duration
VCSEL: Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser
VGA: 640 x 480 display standard, 307 200 pixels