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Osram enters the 3D sensing market with two new VCSELs

VCSELs combine the high power density and simple packaging of an IRED with the spectral width and speed of a laser. Unlike laser diodes, VCSELs and are much less sensitive to temperature fluctuations. One of the most familiar applications for the technology is facial recognition for mobile devices. VCSELs illuminate the face with infrared light for cameras. The image captured by the camera is then compared to the image stored on the device. If they match, the device is unlocked. These 3D sensing applications now possible use PLPVCQ 850 and PLPVCQ 940 for Time of Flight (ToF) measurements.

The new VCSELs come with a compact black package measuring only 2.40 mm x 3.30 mm x 1.20 mm. Depending on the application, the customer can select the 2 W component with the appropriate wavelength – either 850 nm (PLPVCQ 850) or 940 nm (PLPVCQ 940). The infrared beam is formed with the aid of a special micro lens array to achieve exceptionally homogeneous illumination of the field of view (FOV). Another benefit of the VCSEL chip from the Osram subsidiary Vixar is the ease of installation.

“We are delighted to add these highly innovative products to our VCSEL family. With these products we are setting new standards in emerging applications such as 3D sensing, and with our know-how we are looking to gain significant influence in this market”, said Nina Reiser, Marketing Manager at Osram Opto Semiconductors.

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