ESPROS launches revolutionary 8×8 TOF imager
Sargans, Switzerland – December 5th, 2017
ESPROS Photonics AG proudly announces the market introduction of epc611,
a revolutionary new generation 8×8 pixel Time-of-Flight sensor. The arrival of
the epc611 establishes a new industry standard in terms of photon sensitivity,
distance measurement frame rate and versatility for a wide range of applications.
With its small footprint of 2.6 x 2.6mm and bare die packaging, the
epc611 fits in every device. The epc611 will be produced in cooperation with
ESPROS fab partner TSMC and is the designated workhorse for many volume
applications such as gesture recognition, robotics, drones, automated guided
vehicles, doors & gates, machine safety and many more.
SENSITIVITY: epc611 has a 30% enhanced sensitivity in comparison to previous
generation ESPROS TOF sensors due to the latest generation TOF pixel
design. Only 7.5 nW per millimeter-square of optical power is needed to measure
accurately distance. And this under full sunlight conditions.
FRAME RATE: The epc611 allows up to 8’000 distance measurements per second.
This high measurement rate makes the chip ideal for SLAM applications
with up to 10Hz rotation and high angular resolution.
VERSATILITY: beyond imagination. The epc611 can be configured to operate
in 7 different TOF modes. From an 8×8 imager to binning of all pixels into a
single large pixel almost anything is possible. Groups of pixels can be
configured to operate at different integration times or at different phase
angles. In this way the imager can achieve a wide dynamic distance range
or catch fast moving objects without generating motion blur.
«We put our entire experience in this new generation sensor», says Beat
De Coi, CEO and founder of ESPROS Photonics. «I built sensors my whole life
and know about the quite individual requirements that need to be satisfied.
Therefore I wanted this chip to come with all configuration options that we
could think of. And now its here!».
The new epc611 TOF sensor is available now. Several pilot customers have
epc611 already in the laboratory. A first distance measurement module is under
development and will be released soon.