Kyocera, acclaimed specialists in fine ceramics, exhibited their latest optoelectronic products and technologies at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco. Their products enable new innovations in optical communication, Laser/IR/Motion sensing, 2D/3D industrial image recognition, medical image acquisition, and smart vehicles. Of particular interest, Kyocera propose a variety of components for lidar applications, including:
- Integrated FMCW modules for L4 and L5 autonomous driving applications
- Custom modules used in ToF (Time of Flight)
- SOA (semiconductor optical amplifiers)
- Receivers and detectors
- MEMS mirrors
- Ceramic packages and submounts for VCSELs
Kyocera Corporation was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine (or “advanced”) ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera have become a leading supplier of industrial and automotive components; semiconductor packages; electronic devices; smart energy systems; printers; copiers, and mobile phones. During the year ended 31 March 2022, the company’s consolidated sales revenue totalled J¥1.8tn (about USD $15.1bn).
Solid-state lidar’s electronic structures must support arrayed transmitters and receivers, and in certain cases a specific deflecting structures made of optical wave guide and arrays or micromechanical mirrors. Due to wavelengths, such structures can be highly miniaturised, allowing very interesting solutions for a seamless integration of lidars. Kyocera are a key supplier for such components.