Lumotive, the developer of Light Control Metasurface (LCM) beam steering chips enabling the next generation of lidar sensors, and Gpixel, a leading provider of high-end CMOS image sensor solutions, has announced the availability of the M30 Reference Design Platform to speed the adoption of next generation 3D lidar sensors for mobility and industrial applications such as autonomous navigation of robots in logistics environments.

The M30 Reference Design Platform comprises Lumotive’s LM10 LCM beam steering chip and Gpixel’s GTOF0503 sensor. Unlike traditional flash illumination solutions, lidar sensors based on LCM electronic beam steering have numerous advantages, including superior outdoor range performance compared with flash illumination, software-defined scan modes for increased and application-specific performance (range, field of view, frame rate, resolution) only where it matter, reduced multipath effects resulting in better point cloud quality, optimization of illumination across the field of view in high ambient light levels and for varying levels of reflectivity, and  significantly improved interference mitigation from other sensors.

The first version of the M30 Reference Design Platform is currently being evaluated by a number of leading lidar systems developers, ToF camera makers, and industrial OEMs. The next generation of the platform with enhanced performance and optimized for volume manufacturing is expected to be available by mid-2023.