Zecotek Photonics Inc. announced it has begun manufacturing its new generation series of solid-state micro-pixel avalanche photo diodes and transistors (MAPD/T) at the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronics Systems. The company will move to full production and commercialization of devices to meet the increasing demand for applications including autonomous vehicles.

Zecotek's solid-state MAPD/T devices have been modified to improve performance parameters and reduce the cost of manufacture, and to offer performance-cost advantages over photomultiplier tubes (PMT) and other solid-state, silicon-based photo detectors known as SiPM. The company says that recent changes have reduced the manufacturing cost and improved timing resolution and photon detection efficiency. The devices are also designed to offer superior recovery time, unique radiation hardness, and high linearity display.

The solid-state MAPT photosensors have high resolution with single photon detection, making them suited for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) configurations. Zecotek AutoTronics is developing a proprietary LIDAR unit, as well.