Osys Announces Important Customer Collaborations for its Solid-State LiDAR Products

Opsys, with locations in Israel, California and the Czech Republic, develops and builds solid-state scanning LiDAR systems that use a combination of VCSELs (Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers) and SPAD arrays (Single Photon Avalanche Photodiodes) fully addressable. It has approximately 70 employees, has raised $46 million to date, and raises $100 million in Q1 2022. The most recent product release in their roadmap is SP3 (see Figure 1), slated for production in Q4 2022 and designed for long range, high resolution and high frame rates in all weather conditions and >90% PoD (probability of detection) at maximum range.

The company recently announced a major client collaboration with SL World, a major Korean manufacturer of automotive headlight assemblies. Osys works with SL World on the integration of its SP3 LiDAR into the headlight assemblies and serves as a qualified manufacturer and automotive systems integrator for Opsy’s LiDAR. Osys expects this relationship to drive the penetration of its LiDAR into Asian automotive OEMs.

Eitan Gertel, President of Opsys also indicated that the company has signed agreements with other automotive customers which will be made public in the near future. These include:

1) A major China-based vehicle manufacturer (electric and internal combustion) that recently launched an L4 driverless taxi (conditional autonomy) and intends to equip all its L3 and L4 level autonomy vehicles with LiDAR. Osys has signed an exclusive supply agreement with its Tier 1 supplier.

2) A Chinese manufacturer of optical systems and sensors for a wide range of applications ranging from smartphones and smart infrastructure to transportation and security, with annual revenues of approximately $10 billion. Opsys has an exclusive agreement with this company for the supply of LiDAR for autonomy applications. The company plans to sell them in 1 million cars per year by 2025.

3) A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a major European Tier 1 automotive supplier. The companies will cooperate on the industrialization and integration of Opsys LiDAR into leading automotive ADAS platforms.

The SP3 can be thought of as a basic LiDAR, with multiple units combined in different configurations to meet specific customer and application requirements. The benefits of this approach are significant from a manufacturing perspective – custom designs and performance can be achieved using a single base unit, reducing manufacturing complexity, saving costs and economies of scale. Figure 2 shows a point cloud created with eight base units to image a 220°x13° field of view (FoV). The 45°x13° center region uses four units providing an angular resolution of 0.1°x 0.1° and images up to a distance of 200 m. Two units on each side cover a FoV of 90°x13° with an angular resolution of 0.2°x 0.2°.

Region of Interest (or ROI) LiDARs are becoming popular – and that usually means detecting spatial regions that deserve more attention (either by looking at full LiDAR frames and using software, or by using radars or cameras to locate the LiDAR). Once identified, the LiDAR uses all of its resources to achieve longer range or better resolution in the narrower FoV it identifies as interesting. Opsys has a different twist on this. It still detects full FoV at all times, but dedicates more laser pulses in ROI to achieve higher PoD and extend range. The ROI is addressable and configurable in real time and can be moved to any location on the FoV as specified by the user in a single image while the full FoV is continuously scanned. The number of ROI windows instantly available with the Opsys system is equal to the number of building blocks used to cover the full FoV. The unit was demonstrated in direct sunlight at CES on a moving vehicle. The range and resolution of the resulting point clouds were impressive.

Eitan Gertel, Executive Chairman of the Board of Opsys, is excited about these developments. According to him, “Achieving these milestones required a careful balancing of cost, performance, reliability and manufacturability platforms. Ensuring superior range, resolution and FoV with no moving parts was imperative for these customers. Finally, the ability of Opsys LiDAR to achieve a significantly high PoD even under difficult weather and lighting conditions ensures greater robustness of the perception stack, leading to much higher levels of safety of the overall ADAS system.