Xilinx announced that it is collaborating with Ouster on digital LiDAR. Xilinx reportedly enables Ouster to build a new type of technology—scalable digital multi-beam flash LiDAR.

Ouster recently launched three 128-line digital wide-view LiDAR sensors—all powered by Xilinx devices—based on a consolidated design that the company says makes high resolution sensors at a significantly lower price point than other solutions. Ouster says its digital LiDAR consolidates thousands of opto-mechanical components into a single proprietary ASIC.

The company’s scalable digital multi-beam flash LiDAR has an OS0-128 sensor that generates 2.6 million data points per second, with a vertical field of view of 90 degrees. The volume of data output is also reportedly valuable to customers because the amount is similar to that of camera images—but with depth, signal, and ambient data within each “pixel.” This is designed to give customers the advantages of both 3D and 2D approaches without any sensor fusion or preprocessing.

The point cloud images are produced when raw image data is received by the sensor and first processed by Ouster’s proprietary ASIC. The image data is then transferred to the Xilinx device via the GTH transceivers within the programmable logic (the transceivers allow for high-speed connectivity and data transmission). The image processing occurs on the Xilinx device, and then the advanced digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities are what produce the point cloud images.

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