Single-chip VGA ToF sensor offers access to advanced ToF technology
Melexis has released what is claimed to be the industry’s first single-chip automotive grade VGA ToF image sensor for applications including in-car and exterior monitoring. The MLX75027 is an SoC solution, offering VGA (640 x 480 pixel) resolution image sensing and processing in a single BGA package.
The device uses a modulated light source and optical ToF sensing to produce a three-dimensional image of the cabin, enabling it to monitor people and objects, as well as detect gestures. It can also be utilised to detect free space and obstacles outside of the vehicle, such as pedestrians, for collision warning and navigation applications. The device can operate in an ambient temperature of -40C to +105C.
“This is the next and perhaps most significant release in our product portfolio targeting automotive applications using ToF technology,” commented Gualtiero Bagnuoli, marketing manager Optical Sensors. “Not only does it reinforce Melexis’ leadership in this space, it provides Tier 1 and Tier 2 manufacturers with a single-chip solution that really could help revolutionise the automotive industry.”