Quanergy delivers 250m range for OPA-based solid state LiDAR

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Quanergy Systems has announced that its Optical Phased Array (OPA) technology has successfully achieved a range detection of 250 meters, which is 2.5 times what was demonstrated only 15 months ago.

The announcement means that Quanergy is accelerating its move towards productization of its S3 Series LiDAR, a solid state sensor that uses a scalable CMOS silicon manufacturing process designed for mass-market production.

Quanergy said that the test was conducted with a solid-state LiDAR S3 test platform with a single OPA emitter module. The system represents a complete optical link of the emitter output on the transmission end, the detector sensitivity on the receiver end and the signal processing for range readout.

Different from the scanning mode, this ranging mode test has the laser beam shooting at the same direction on a target with 10% reflectivity to simulate difficult-to-detect objects. The target positioned at 250 meters was successfully detected under outdoor bright sunlight conditions. 

Quanergy’s Optical Phased Array (OPA) provides a flexible and cost-effective technology that’s been specifically designed for advanced mobility applications.

Designed with electronic beam steering and no moving parts, the OPA-based S Series sensors are intended for heavy vibration transportation applications such as autonomous trucks, mining, construction and agriculture since they are designed to provide more than 100,000 hours mean time between failure (MTBF).

Commenting Dr. Tianyue Yu, co-founder and chief development officer, Quanergy Systems, said, “Quanergy has set another milestone in LiDAR with the success of this 250-meter range test.  We’re proud of the advances we’ve made and of the low-cost yet highest-reliability LiDAR  technology we’ve produced, and our team continues to innovate to deliver greater range, data  rate and spatial coverage furthering our path towards productization.”