Analogue, Mixed Signal, LSI


STMicro ships 1 billionth ToF module

25 November 2019 Analogue, Mixed Signal, LSI

STMicroelectronics has announced the shipment of its 1 billionth Time-of-Flight (ToF) module.

ST’s ToF sensors utilise the company’s single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) sensor technology and are manufactured in ST’s 300 mm front-end wafer fab in Crolles, France. The final module, which integrates the SPAD sensor, a vertical cavity surface emission laser (VCSEL), and the necessary optical elements to enable the product’s optimised performance, is assembled and tested in ST’s state-of-the-art internal back-end facilities.

“ST has pioneered and transitioned Time-of-Flight technology from its research labs to a fully industrialised family of market-leading products that are now being used in more than 150 different smartphone models and have just passed the 1 billion module milestone,” said Eric Aussedat, general manager of ST’s imaging subgroup. “In continuing to invest, ST has extended the FlightSense roadmap for Time-of-Flight products from high-performance 1-dimensional ranging devices to multi-zone solutions and most recently adding high-resolution 3D depth sensing capabilities to enable innovative applications using advanced proximity sensing, human presence detection, and laser autofocus.”

The VL6180, VL53L0, and VL53L1 families of products, among others, are in high-volume production for consumer, personal computer, and industrial markets


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