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SiLC Achieves Industry’s Longest Detection Range with Its Eyeonic Vision Sensor

SiLC Achieves Industry’s Longest Detection Range with Its Eyeonic Vision Sensor

Breakthrough FMCW LiDAR Transceiver Brings Visibility of Greater Than 1000 Meters to Machine Vision Applications

Monrovia, Calif. August 30, 2022 – Furthering its mission to change the state of machine vision, silicon photonics innovator  SiLC Technologies, Inc. (SiLC) has announced that its Eyeonic Vision Sensor has demonstrated the ability to perceive, identify, and avoid objects at a range of more than 1 kilometer. Having previously demonstrated a detection range of more than 500 meters at CES earlier this year, SiLC has now optimized its technology to go beyond 1000 meters – a feat that no other company can claim.

Ultra-long-range visibility is a requirement in many industries that utilize machine vision, including automotive, metrology, construction, drones, and more. Specific scenarios include providing enough time for a vehicle to evade an obstacle at highway speeds; enabling a drone to avoid others in the sky; and controlling deforestation by making precision mapping and surveying of forests possible.

Next-gen vision sensors that incorporate millimeter-level accuracy, depth and instantaneous velocity are key to true autonomous driving and other machine vision applications – and FMCW LiDAR is the optimal technology to make this a reality.

First announced in December of 2021, SiLC’s Eyeonic Vision Sensor is a first-of-its-kind FMCW LiDAR transceiver. The heart of the Eyeonic Vision Sensor is SiLC’s silicon photonic chip which integrates FMCW LiDAR functionality into a single, tiny chip. Representing decades of silicon photonics innovation, this chip is the only readily-integratable solution for manufacturers building the next generation of autonomous vehicles, security solutions and industrial robots.

“Our technology platform is flexible enough to address ultra-long-range to ultra-short-range applications which speaks to our understanding of what is needed to truly make machine vision as good or better than human vision,” said Dr. Mehdi Asghari, SiLC’s CEO and founder. “The highly detailed, accurate instantaneous velocity and ultra-long-range information that our Eyeonic Vision Sensor provides is the key to helping robots classify and predict their environment – in the same way that the human eye and brain process together.”

SiLC’s achievement of industry-leading long-range detection follows a string of important announcements from the company, including new partnerships with AutoX, Varroc and Hokuyo.

To learn more, please visit www.silc.com.

About SiLC Technologies

On a mission to enable machines to see like humans, SiLC Technologies is bringing forth its deep expertise in silicon photonics to advance market deployment of FMCW LiDAR solutions. The company’s breakthrough 4D+ Eyeonic Chip integrates all photonics functions needed to enable a coherent vision sensor, offering a tiny footprint while addressing the need for low cost and low power. SiLC’s innovations are targeted to robotics, autonomous vehicles, biometrics, security, industrial automation, and other leading markets.

 

SiLC was founded in 2018 by silicon photonics industry veterans with decades of commercial product development and manufacturing experience. SiLC’s 4D LiDAR chip has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan as ideally positioned to disrupt the global LiDAR market and the company has been named a Cool Vendor in Silicon Photonics by Gartner. Investors in SiLC include Dell Technology Capital, Sony Innovation Fund by IGV, FLUXUNIT – ams OSRAM Ventures, UMC Capital, Alter Ventures and Epson.

 

For more information, visit www.silc.com or connect with the company on LinkedIn.

SiLC Partners with Cloud Light for Volume Manufacturing of its Eyeonic Vision Sensors

SiLC Partners with Cloud Light for Volume Manufacturing of its Eyeonic Vision Sensors

Partnership Extends SiLC’s Manufacturing Ecosystem, Enables Early Sample Shipments and 2022 Production Ramp

Monrovia, Calif. and Hong Kong, June 7, 2022 – Silicon photonics market leader, SiLC Technologies, Inc. (SiLC) today announced a manufacturing partnership with Cloud Light Technology Limited (Cloud Light), a leading manufacturer of advanced optical modules for automotive and data center interconnect applications. Cloud Light will deliver volume manufacturing of SiLC’s Eyeonic™ Vision Sensors, which take LiDAR to a new level of performance by providing accurate depth, instantaneous velocity, and dual-polarization intensity.

Announced in December of 2021, SiLC’s Eyeonic Vision Sensor is a first-of-its-kind FMCW LiDAR transceiver. At the nexus of the Eyeonic Vision Sensor is SiLC’s silicon photonic chip which integrates FMCW LiDAR functionality into a single, tiny chip. Representing decades of silicon photonics innovation, this chip is the only readily-integratable solution for manufacturers building the next generation of autonomous vehicles, security solutions and industrial robots.

Cloud Light’s proven capabilities in optical module design, high volume precision assembly, testing, and reliability engineering complement and complete SiLC’s manufacturing ecosystem, which includes its proprietary and mature chip fabrication process with another major ecosystem partner in Asia. Early sample shipments and the transition to volume production are expected this year.

“To integrate all of the functionalities needed for a coherent LiDAR into a single photonic chip is a complex art that takes many years to master,” said Dr. Mehdi Asghari, SiLC’s CEO and founder. “The combination of precision optical assembly and automotive capabilities make Cloud Light an ideal partner for manufacturing our vision sensors. All modules that we ship to customers this year will be made by SiLC’s mature manufacturing ecosystem and led by Cloud Light.”

 

“Cloud Light provides design capabilities and manufacturing excellence for advanced optical modules,” noted Dr. Dennis Tong, CEO and founder of Cloud Light. “Our automated assembly and test platform for silicon photonics enables SiLC to ramp up volume and scale its products to the automotive industry and beyond. We’re excited to work with the world’s leading 4D LiDAR chip supplier, together we offer a very unique value proposition to the market.”

To learn more, please visit www.silc.com.

About Cloud Light Technology Limited

Cloud Light Technology Limited (“Cloud Light”) designs, markets, and manufactures advanced optical modules for automotive sensors and datacenter interconnect applications. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Cloud Light was founded in 2018 as a spin-off from TDK Corporation. It has over 18 years of experience in the design of advanced optical modules and a rich heritage in manufacturing excellence and superior quality. It has research and development centers in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Dongguan, China and Southeast Asia.  For more information, please contact info@cloudlight.com.hk.

About SiLC Technologies

On a mission to enable machines to see like humans, SiLC Technologies is bringing forth its deep expertise in silicon photonics to advance market deployment of FMCW LiDAR solutions. The company’s breakthrough 4D+ Eyeonic Chip integrates all photonics functions needed to enable a coherent vision sensor, offering a tiny footprint while addressing the need for low cost and low power. SiLC’s innovations are targeted to robotics, autonomous vehicles, biometrics, security, industrial automation, and other leading markets.

 

SiLC was founded in 2018 by silicon photonics industry veterans with decades of commercial product development and manufacturing experience. SiLC’s 4D LiDAR chip has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan as ideally positioned to disrupt the global LiDAR market and the company has been named a Cool Vendor in Silicon Photonics by Gartner. Investors in SiLC include Dell Technology Capital, Sony Innovation Fund by IGV, FLUXUNIT – ams OSRAM Ventures, UMC Capital, Alter Ventures and Epson.

 

For more information, visit www.silc.com or connect with the company on LinkedIn.

AutoX Selects SiLC’s Eyeonic Vision Sensor for its Autonomous RoboTaxi Fleet

AutoX Selects SiLC’s Eyeonic Vision Sensor for its Autonomous RoboTaxi Fleet

Partnership Enables AutoX Level 4 Autonomous Vehicles with Breakthrough 4D LiDAR

Monrovia, Calif. and Shenzhen, China, May 17, 2022 – Silicon photonics innovator, SiLC Technologies, Inc. (SiLC), today announced that  AutoX Inc. (AutoX), the frontrunner RoboTaxi company in China, has selected SiLC’s Eyeonic Vision Sensor™ for its robotic taxi fleet. SiLC’s Eyeonic Vision Sensors take LiDAR to a new level of performance by providing accurate depth, instantaneous velocity, and dual-polarization intensity making it an ideal LiDAR-based vision solution for AutoX’s growing fleet of RoboTaxis.

Having recently announced that its RoboTaxi fleet has grown to more than 1,000 autonomous vehicles, AutoX is on a mission to democratize autonomy. The company’s self-driving platform is capable of handling the most challenging and dynamic traffic scenarios in urban cities around the world. AutoX is using SiLC’s Eyeonic Vision sensor to deliver highly detailed and accurate instantaneous velocity and ultra-long-range information to augment other sensors in its proprietary hardware stack. Positioned for scale, earlier this year AutoX unveiled Asia’s first L4-dedicated automated production facility to equip its fleet.

 

“At AutoX we are laser focused on, and fully committed to, our mission of democratizing autonomy — to accelerate the advent of fully driverless cars,” noted Jianxiong Xiao (Professor X), founder and CEO of AutoX. “We’re excited to work with the world’s leading 4D LiDAR chip supplier. Together, we are building safer transportation and bettering lives for the world.”

 

 Announced in December of 2021, SiLC’s Eyeonic Vision Sensor is a first-of-its-kind FMCW LiDAR transceiver. At the nexus of the Eyeonic Vision Sensor is SiLC’s silicon photonic chip which integrates LiDAR functionality into a single, tiny chip. Representing decades of silicon photonics innovation, this chip is the only readily-integratable solution for manufacturers building the next generation of autonomous vehicles, security solutions, and industrial robots.

 

“In addition to being the only fully chip integrated solution on the market, SiLC also has demonstrated the longest-range FMCW LiDAR operation,” said Dr. Mehdi Asghari, SiLC’s CEO and founder. “This and the combination of precision velocity enables a vastly simplified and lower latency perception stack. We’re pleased to partner with AutoX, a company dedicated to improving the safety and performance of autonomous vehicles.

 

To learn more, please visit www.silc.com.

 

About AutoX

 

AutoX is the leading provider of RoboTaxi in China, with the mission of ‘Democratizing Autonomy’ to accelerate the advent of fully driverless cars. The company’s self-driving platform is capable of handling the most challenging and dynamic traffic scenarios in urban cities around the world. AutoX operates the largest fleet of RoboTaxi in China, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, as well as in California. AutoX is the first and currently the only company in China operating a fully driverless RoboTaxi service on public roads without any safety driver. In addition, AutoX has obtained the World’s second driverless RoboTaxi permit from California. Headquartered in Shenzhen, AutoX has the largest autonomous driving engineering team in China, with five R&D centers globally.

About SiLC Technologies

 

On a mission to enable machines to see like humans, SiLC Technologies is bringing forth its deep expertise in silicon photonics to advance market deployment of FMCW LiDAR solutions. The company’s breakthrough 4D+ Eyeonic Chip integrates all photonics functions needed to enable a coherent vision sensor, offering a tiny footprint while addressing the need for low cost and low power. SiLC’s innovations are targeted to robotics, autonomous vehicles, biometrics, security, industrial automation and other leading markets.

 

SiLC was founded in 2018 by silicon photonics industry veterans with decades of commercial product development and manufacturing experience. SiLC’s 4D LiDAR chip has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan as ideally positioned to disrupt the global LiDAR market and the company has been named a Cool Vendor in Silicon Photonics by Gartner. Investors in SiLC include Dell Technology Capital, Sony Innovation Fund by IGV, FLUXUNIT – ams OSRAM Ventures, UMC Capital, Alter Ventures and Epson.

 

For more information, visit www.silc.com or connect with the company on LinkedIn.

SiLC Technologies Rolls Out First Commercially Available Chip-Integrated FMCW LiDAR Sensor

SiLC Technologies Rolls Out First Commercially Available Chip-Integrated FMCW LiDAR Sensor

Eyeonic Vision Sensor Poised to Accelerate Next-Generation Machine Vision in Mobility, Robotics, Security and other Markets

MONROVIA, Calif., Dec. 7, 2021 – Today, SiLC Technologies, Inc. (SiLC) announces the launch of its powerful, compact vision sensor delivering coherent vision and chip-scale integration to the broader market. The new Eyeonic™ Vision Sensor takes LiDAR to a new level of performance by providing accurate instantaneous depth, velocity, and dual-polarization intensity information while enabling immunity to multi-user and environmental interference. These features will enable robotic vehicles and machines to have the necessary data to perceive and classify their environment and help them predict future dynamics using low-latency, low-compute power and rule-based algorithms.

Harvesting the additional information that is carried by photons, Eyeonic is the foundation for the next generation of machine vision. The Eyeonic Vision Sensor is a first-of-its-kind FMCW LiDAR transceiver. At the nexus of the Eyeonic Vision Sensor is SiLC’s silicon photonic chip which integrates LiDAR functionality into a single, tiny chip. Representing decades of silicon photonics innovation, this chip is the only readily-integratable solution for manufacturers building the next generation of autonomous vehicles, security solutions and industrial robots.

 

“Eyeonic will be transformational to many industries across the globe by enabling the anticipated mass migration to coherent imaging,” explained Mehdi Asghari, founder and CEO, SiLC. “Our unique  technology and innovative manufacturing process puts SiLC in the optimal position to provide the key building blocks needed for this next wave of significant innovation – at a competitive price.”

 

Keenly driven by the technology challenges of commercializing silicon photonics, SiLC’s integration platform brings together high-performance components into a single silicon chip through mature semiconductor fabrication processes, offering a low-cost, compact, and low-power solution.

 

“Eyeonic represents one giant step forward in the quest to bring true vision to machines,” said Kris Peng, president at UMC Capital. “This is the first step toward a scalable, lightweight, low-cost solution that can measure the full motion of any object  – without any prior training.”

 

The ability to manufacture commercial-grade coherent LiDAR solutions has become a pacing factor for market growth – a situation that SiLC is remedying. SiLC intends to make this technology available to all system integrators and end-users, starting with enabling early access to strategic partners in autonomy, security and industrial applications. Offered in two configurations, fiber and fiberless, Eyeonic addresses the current roadblocks facing industries that rely upon vision sensors to embrace burgeoning market opportunities. Fiberless vision sensors have long been sought after as they enable the lowest cost in a compact configuration. The fiber pigtailed Eyeonic allows for design flexibility by supporting configurations where the FMCW LiDAR transceiver and scanning unit are at different locations.

 

To facilitate customer development efforts, SiLC offers  reference designs and a range of key components needed to develop a full solution. Examples of fully configured systems, based on the Eyeonic platform, will be made available as prototypes to enable rapid evaluation by customers and end users.

 

SiLC will demonstrate the Eyeonic Vision Sensor at CES 2022 from January 5-8 in Las Vegas. Please connect with SiLC at contact@SiLC.com for more information or to schedule an appointment. To view the SiLC Eyeonic Launch Video, please click here.

About SiLC Technologies

On a mission to enable machines to see like humans, SiLC Technologies is bringing forth its deep expertise in silicon photonics to advance market deployment of  FMCW LiDAR solutions. The company’s breakthrough 4D+ Eyeonic Chip integrates all photonics functions needed to enable a coherent vision sensor, offering a tiny footprint while addressing the need for low cost and low power. SiLC’s innovations are targeted to robotics, autonomous vehicles, biometrics, security, industrial automation and other leading markets.

 

SiLC was founded in 2018 by silicon photonics industry veterans with decades of commercial product development and manufacturing experience. SiLC’s 4D LiDAR chip has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan as ideally positioned to disrupt the global LiDAR market and the company has been named a Cool Vendor in Silicon Photonics by Gartner. Investors in SiLC include Dell Technology Capital, Sony Innovation Fund by IGV, FLUXUNIT – ams OSRAM Ventures, UMC Capital, Alter Ventures and Epson.

 

For more information, visit www.silc.com or connect with the company on LinkedIn

SiLC Eyeonic Vision Sensor in Robot Hand

The new Eyeonic Vision Sensor delivers coherent vision and chip scale LiDAR in a compact package designed to bring true vision to autonomous vehicles, security solutions, and industrial robots.

SiLC Eyeonic Vision Sensor Chip Integration

SiLC’s Eyeonic Vision Sensor integrates all the complex photonics functions needed to enable a coherent vision sensor – laser, optical circuitry, and detectors – into a single silicon photonics chip (the orange-reddish chip in the center).

Hokuyo, SiLC Technologies Collaborate to Bring 4D LiDAR Technology to Industrial Automation and Robotics Applications

Hokuyo, SiLC Technologies Collaborate to Bring 4D LiDAR Technology to Industrial Automation and Robotics Applications

Hokuyo to Leverage SiLC’s 4D+ Vision Chip to Improve the Next Generation of Automation Solutions

OSAKA, Japan and MONROVIA, Calif., Sept. 21, 2021 – Hokuyo Automatic Co., Ltd., a global manufacturer of sensor and automation technology, and machine vision innovator SiLC Technologies, Inc. (SiLC) have jointly announced a strategic collaboration to develop cost-effective 4D LiDAR solutions that improve machine vision in the next generation of advanced industrial and robotic applications.

According to a recent study from the Craig Hallum Capital Group, the industrial robotics LiDAR market is expected to reach $4.5B by 2025. The research indicates that the increasing adoption of robots across industrial sectors is leading to the application of 4D LiDAR guided machine vision systems.

    The synergies brought forth by the partnership between SiLC and Hokuyo – including innovation, market applications and near-term product availability – are poised to accelerate the state of machine vision.

    Based on FMCW technology, SiLC’s 4D solution is the industry’s first and only fully-integrated coherent LiDAR chip, adding critical vector measurements such as polarization intensity, velocity and motion to make machine perception closer to human visual cognition. SiLC’s solution also exceeds key performance metrics, such as range, resolution and accuracy, offered by existing solutions.

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The collaboration between Hokuyo and SiLC is advancing machine vision in factory automation, service robots, logistics and smart infrastructure through 4D LiDAR technology.

Hokuyo, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is a pioneer in automation technology. According to Hitoshi Ozaki, president at Hokuyo, “4D LiDAR will provide longer range, higher precision, instantaneous velocity and interference-free operation. SiLC is the first company to integrate all of the laser, detectors and optical processing technology needed to create compact, viable solutions in the market. Our collaboration with SiLC enables us to jointly architect an FMCW LiDAR solution that extends Hokuyo’s leadership and customer solutions.”   

    “Industries are eagerly embracing robotic automation strategies,” noted Mehdi Asghari, CEO of SiLC Technologies. “In order for machines to reach their full potential, a highly tuned vision element is needed – and that is where we come in. Enabling machines to see more like humans brings forth infinite possibilities. Collaborating with Hokuyo allows us to bring our FMCW technology to market and jointly advance industrial automation and robotics applications.”

About Hokuyo

    Hokuyo Automation, founded in Osaka, Japan in 1946, is a pioneer of automation technology offering a full range of industrial sensor products for the factory automation, logistics automation and process automation industries. Hokuyo’s products include collision-avoidance sensors, safety laser and obstacle detection scanners, optical data transmission devices, laser rangefinders (LiDAR) and hot metal detectors. By combining reliable technology, comprehensive product distribution and unparalleled service and support, the company has maintained an outstanding reputation for creativity and performance with customers.

About SiLC Technologies

    On a mission to enable machines to see like humans, SiLC Technologies is bringing forth its deep expertise in silicon photonics to advance market deployment of 4D LiDAR solutions. The company’s breakthrough 4D+ Vision Chip integrates all photonics functions needed to enable a coherent vision sensor, offering a tiny footprint while addressing the need for low cost and low power. SiLC’s innovations are targeted to robotics, autonomous vehicles, biometrics, security, industrial automation and other leading markets.

   SiLC was founded in 2018 by silicon photonics industry veterans with decades of commercial product development and manufacturing experience. SiLC’s 4D LiDAR chip has been recognized by Frost & Sullivan as ideally positioned to disrupt the global LiDAR market and the company has been named a Cool Vendor in Silicon Photonics by Gartner.

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