2nd-Era Multi-Zone Direct Time-of-Flight Sensor From STMicroelectronics


STMicroelectronics has introduced its latest FlightSense Time-of-Flight (ToF) ranging sensor for smart-phone digicam administration and augmented/digital actuality. With vital enhancements to many key parts, ST’s newest ToF module provides as much as double the ranging efficiency – as much as 4m in all zones indoors — whereas decreasing the facility consumption by half in comparison with the previous-generation machine, when working in widespread circumstances.

“ST’s ToF know-how has loved huge business success, now transport in additional than 200 smartphone fashions and 100 PC, projector, and robotic merchandise. Now, VL53L8 FlightSense sensor takes ranging efficiency and energy effectivity to new ranges,” stated Eric Aussedat, Govt Vice President and Common Supervisor of the Imaging Sub-Group inside ST’s Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group. “Our latest-generation ranging sensor is a recreation changer. With its modern metasurface lens know-how and power-efficient structure, it reduces battery loading, extends digicam autofocus ranging, and enhances scene-understanding options.”

Developed in partnership with Metalenz, the world’s first optical metasurface know-how allows optical methods to gather extra mild, present a number of capabilities in a single layer, and ship new types of sensing in smartphones and different units, all in its compact bundle.

The VL53L8 is right for smartphones and tablets in each user-facing and world-facing functions, but additionally for equipment within the private electronics phase like sensible audio system and AR/VR/MR. The user-facing functions embody object monitoring and gesture recognition. World-facing functions embody laser-autofocus, digicam choice, touch-to-focus, and flash dimming – the VL53L8 will ship even better profit to those options in low-light circumstances. The sensor can even assist indoor/outside detection and smart-focus bracketing, in addition to client LiDAR, the place depth mapping is required.

Technical data

The module embeds a excessive output 940nm VCSEL mild supply, a System-on-Chip sensor with an embedded VCSEL driver, the receiving array of SPADs, and a low-power 32-bit MCU core. The VL53L8 adopts a metasurface lens know-how in each the transmit and obtain apertures. Furthermore, just like the VL53L5, the brand new sensor delivers 16 or 64 discrete ranging zones with steady and correct improved ranging.

The VL53L8 builds upon the improvements delivered by earlier ST ToF sensors together with VL53L5. The 2nd-generation ranging sensor incorporates an environment friendly optically diffractive metasurface lens know-how, manufactured on the firm’s 300mm fab in Crolles, France. In combining a brand new VCSEL driver 3 instances extra succesful than the earlier era with an environment friendly VCSEL, the VL53L8 can, in comparable circumstances, ship twice the ranging efficiency of VL53L5 or cut back energy consumption by 50%. It delivers this efficiency whereas sustaining the identical discipline of view and discrete output-ranging zones (4×4 at 60 frames per second or 8×8 at 15 frames per second). For straightforward system integration, the sensor is housed in a single reflowable part that gives 1.2V and 1.8V I/O compatibility and considerably reduces the host processor loading over the calls for of the first-generation sensor.

Like all different FlightSense ToF proximity sensors, the VL53L8 retains an IEC 60825-1 Class 1 certification and is totally eye-safe for client merchandise with a sophisticated lens detach detection system.

The VL53L8 is coming into mass manufacturing now for choose clients.


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