Epson backs SiLC technologies startup for pioneering on-chip LiDAR silicon photonics technology


Epson and subsidiary Epson X Investment Corporation are together investing in SiLC Technologies, a start-up developing on-chip LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) modules to measure distance to surrounding objects and their speed.

The investment is occurring via the EP-GB Investment Limited Partnership, which was formed by Epson, Epson X Investment Corporation and Global Brain Corporation – an independent venture capital firm – to conduct these kind of investments.

SiLC Technologies is developing on-chip LiDAR using silicon photonics technology, backed by founders with over 20 years’ experience in the silicon photonics industry.

With LiDAR, emitted laser waves hit surrounding objects, with the reflection used to measure the distance to, and speed of, the objects. The technology shows promise for use in self-driving cars and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System). LiDAR, based on a FMCW (Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave) approach, delivers better performance than conventional ToF (Time of Flight) methods in detection range and power consumption.

SiLC Technologies’ on-chip LiDAR is strong in sensor performance, IC chip integration and manufacturing know-how. It is likely to find applications in a range of industries, such as CCTVs, industrial robots, self-driving cars, ADAS and AR/VR wearable consumer devices.


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