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LM10 chip 'transforms' 3D sensing


Designed for industrial robotics, smart infrastructure and automotive applications.

Optical semiconductor pioneer Lumotive has launchedLM10, the first full production offering of its Light Control Metasurface (LCM™) technology – said to be the world’s first digital beam steering solution.

Lumotive’s digital beam steering overcomes the limitations of traditional lidar sensors with its 'superior' cost, size and reliability compared to mechanical systems. As pure solid-state optical semiconductors which can be manufactured in high volume, Lumotive’s LCMs are enabling the next generation of lidar to expand into new applications and become the pervasive standard for intelligent 3D sensing worldwide. Designed for mid- and short-range use cases, LM10 is ushering in this new generation today, making its impact on a wide range of solutions ranging from object tracking to autonomous navigation.

The LM10 is available now and primed for large-scale production, thanks to Lumotive’s top-tier manufacturing partnerships and the company’s patented fabrication processes, which utilize tried-and-true, widely available silicon manufacturing techniques to produce their LCM chips. Lumotive also offers the M30 Reference Design, a production-ready lidar sensor built around the LM10, which sensor makers can adopt to rapidly and efficiently bring their own LCM-powered products to market.

With a promising pipeline of even higher performance and more compact beam steering chips in development, Lumotive continues its commitment to making optical 3D sensing as pervasive and accessible as the camera technology of today.

“After 8 years of rigorous R&D, we are thrilled to bring the first ever solid-state optical beam steering product to market,” said Dr. Gleb Akselrod, Founder and CTO of Lumotive. “LCM technology, which uses the revolutionary physics of dynamic metasurfaces to actively steer light without any moving parts, is enabling never before seen capabilities in 3D sensing and many other applications where software-controlled optical beamforming is critical.”

"With the unveiling of our LM10, we are entering a new era of programmable optics where mastering light control is no longer a distant vision, but a here-and-now reality," said Dr. Sam Heidari, CEO of Lumotive. "By combining the transformative power of metamaterials with our patented semiconductor manufacturing process that enables low-cost mass production, we're democratizing high-quality, software-definable 3D sensing.”

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