Former Apple Supplier OFilm to Launch Pure Solid-state Lidar

OFilm, a high-technology manufacturing and assembly company in China, announced on September 2 that its wholly-owned subsidiary has completed the first technical docking of a pure solid-state lidar in conjunction with many domestic vehicle manufacturing startups.

Compared with traditional lidar, this pure solid-state 2D addressable lidar showcases several breakthroughs in technology. The new lidar system doesn’t have any moving parts and has a lower cost base due to its use of a more advanced VCSEL emitting laser and SPAD detector. The thickness of the forward remote sensing assembly module is less than 50mm, which is more beneficial to the vehicle modeling design.

This pure solid-state lidar subverts the design structure of traditional mechanical or semi-mechanical semi-solid-state lidars with its uniform design. The chip mode of its receiving and transmitting modules makes this lidar more like a “high-end camera”.

After 20 years of extensive research into the field of optics and optoelectronics, OFilm has accumulated technology in optical R&D, design and manufacturing, and high-end chip-on-board packaging technology. Since 2015, OFilm has obtained the supplier qualification of more than 20 domestic automobile manufacturers.

The company also hosts an extensive layout of intelligent driving, electronics and intelligent central control. It provides optical lenses, cameras, millimeter wave radars, lidars, head-up displays (HUD) and other products.

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In recent years, the global intelligent assisted driving industry has risen rapidly. The Global Innovation Index suggests that the industry could reach $297.3 billion by 2027. Yole estimates that the market scale of lidar, the core sensor of intelligent assisted driving, will increase from $180 million in 2020 to $5.7 billion in 2026, with a compound annualized growth rate of 23%.