Terahertz wireless Communications -6G and beyond autonomous vehicles

Idelfonso Tafur Monroy

by Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Professor Terahertz Systems, Eindhoven University of Technology

The talk introduces the growing neeed and importance of photonic integrated circuits to support Terahertz wireless communications and sensing for autonomous vehicles.

It has been estimated by people like Dr. Joy Laskar, co-founder and CTO of Maja Systems, that the self-driving car will generate approximately two petabits of data per week – the equivalent of two-million gigabits.

To put this in perspective, even with an advanced 4G connection, it will take 200 days to transfer a week’s-worth of data from a single self-driving car. That explains why we need much faster data processing technology and products.

Next generation chips and large 5G wireless connectivity will turn cars into “data centers on wheels”, thus enabling self-driving cars to make in-situ, complex, real time decisions. For a massive roll-out of autonomous cars that will be driven by artificial intelligence as well as being securely connected to the mobile network, not even 5G speeds will be enough.

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Photonic sensors: What role do they play in HD maps for Autonomous Driving

Evert Schaeffer

by Evert Schaeffer, Director of Product Management Europe – TomTom Autonomous Driving

TomTom is the global leading provider for HD Maps used for Automated and Autonomous Driving. This presentation will address the role photonic sensors play in both the creation of these highly detailed, highly accurate maps as well as how sensors are applied to localise the vehicle in the map.

conference program: https://www.automotivephotonicsconference.com/program/

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CMOS based SPAD Arrays and SiPMs for the next LIDAR generation

Jakub Stein-Cichoszewski

by Jakub Stein-Cichoszewski, Elmos Semiconductor AG

LIDAR is one of the enabling sensor technology for advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), autonomous driving and mobile robotics. Therefore, we developed LIDAR dedicated Single-Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) arrays and Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM) arrays, which are manufactured within our own automotive qualified 0.35µm CMOS technology.

A 16×256 pixels SPAD Array with integrated time-to-digital converter (TDC) enables laser ranging with a maximal range of 192 m and a resolution of 4.68 cm, respectively. For efficient background light rejection each macro-pixel uses four vertically arranged single SPADs based on the detection of temporal correlated photons. Very high SPAD fill factor for better photon management results from relocation of both coincidence and TDC circuits into the sensor’s periphery.

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Pieter Rahusen, Automotive Campus will open Automotive Photonics Conference

Pieter Rahusen has been Manager Acquisition, Marketing & New Business Development at the Automotive Campus since January 2018, within a small and dedicated team of professionals. His primary focus within this position is to further develop and accelerate the growth of the Automotive Campus as part of Brainport Eindhoven.

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Automotive Photonics Conference during Photonics Applications Week 2019

Automotive Photonics Conference takes place on October 2, during Photonics Applications Week 2019 (September 30-October 4).

The conference deals with the following main topics:

  • Technologies for ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System)
  • Technologies for the exterior of the car
  • Technologies for the interior of the car
  • Solar Cells
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Photonics Applications Week 2019 – Program

Photonics Applications Week 2019 is an umbrella event focused on real-life applications of photonics.


September 30

The Internet of Things and Li-Fi Event
(09:30 – 17:00) is about how Li−Fi enables IoT in providing networked mobile communication using the light. Optical Wireless Communication (OWC) is very well positioned to provide high speed, latency-free communication for these applications. By networking multiple OWC-enabled access points, one can build a new mobile communication system integrated with lighting. At the moment, first generations of of Li-Fi system, based on visible or InfraRed LEDs are rolled out, based on the new ITU standard, but the potential for OWC goes much further. Read more and register here

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