Ouster simplifies LiDAR with all-semiconductor approach
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Since its launch in December 2017, Ouster has focused on achieving LiDAR simplicity by combining hardware and a software/visualizer to create a full sensor solution for the autonomous vehicle market. For its OS-1-64 LiDAR, the company paired streamlined design, manufacturing, and reliability with high resolution and a breakthrough in machine learning. While most legacy LiDAR sensors require over a thousand discrete components to achieve 64-channel resolution, its solution combines all components into two custom ASICs measuring just 1 cm² each.
The sensor is built on complementary metal-oxide semiconductor, application-specific integrated circuit, silicon technology, allowing for massive amounts of digital computation and processing of over 1 trillion photons per second. In addition, digital signal processing on the same chip results in a simultaneous drop in price and power consumption and an increase in performance. These hardware innovations have resulted in the smallest, lightest, cheapest, most accurate, and most powerful 64-channel LiDAR, claims the company.
In addition, it is the LiDAR solution that simultaneously outputs both 2D and 3D data in a perfectly spatially correlated way, with zero temporal mismatch or shutter effects. This breakthrough means that 2D camera deep learning algorithms can be used on data without significant modification, solving current challenges in making 3D data usable.
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