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Lumotive, a startup funded in part by Bill Gates, has announced a collaboration with Himax Technologies Inc. to jointly develop alternative beam steering technology in lidar systems for the autonomous vehicle market. Yole Devéloppement projects that this market will see a compound annual growth of 45% between 2018 and 2024.
The collaboration aims to marry Himax’s Liquid-Crystal-on-Silicon (LCOS) technology with Lumotive’s Liquid Crystal Metasurfaces (LCMs) to improve the performance, reliability, and cost of lidar systems.
Lidar requires advanced beam steering, which in the past has been provided by bulky spinning assemblies. Newer iterations use MEMS mirrors or optical phased arrays, though both approaches…READ MORE