Leopard Imaging Inc. is a global high-tech company that provides High Definition embedded cameras along with other related products. They are working very closely with NVIDIA, Intel, Xilinx and Qualcomm to provide camera solutions to these platforms and now focusing on state-of-the-art camera such as drone robotics and 3D depth camera. They will get the approval for "DRIVE-IX" which is NVIDIA's platform for In-Cabin sensing targeting high level autonomous driving.
Since 1960, Panasonic Photo & Lighting have delivered the first strobe to the world, and since the last 50 years we have responded to a wide range of needs as industry top manufacturers, including professional, single lens reflex, small strobe, built-in strobe for digital still cameras. In addition, Panasonic Photo & Lighting are actively working on TOF camera business, new device materials such as PM 2.5 sensor and EMS business based on most advanced technical capabilities and manufacturing expertise cultivated in the field of optical devices.
Founded in 2015, Pico has over 300 team members with operations in the United States, Europe, China and Japan. Pico develops innovative VR and machine vision solutions, including the Pico Zense. Zense is a world-class, high-resolution Time-of-Flight (TOF) depth-sensing technology, which offers end-to-end solutions for machine vision hardware and software. Pico also provides a rich industrial base of 3D visual related capabilities to industrial users as part of development support.
Nowadays there exists a variety of 3D sensing techniques. In order to expand the use of 3D sensing for safety and security applications, it is essential to reduce the size and cost while ensuring reliability. The non-mechanical ranging methodology provides the simplest technique and best solution to meet those requirements.
There are three types of non-mechanical ranging.
- Structured Light: Depth is calculated by Triangulation
- Indirect ToF: Depth is calculated by the signal ratio proportional to the round trip time of light
- Direct ToF: Depth is calculated by directly measuring the round trip time of light
Each type has its own characteristics.
Panasonic is currently mass-producing indirect ToF sensors, which have the highest distance accuracy in 1-to-10 m range, aiming to develop applications that provide safety and security by making human situations visible, including biometrics, skeleton detection, condition detection, and behavior prediction.
Panasonic is also pursuing the development of direct ToF sensors for a range exceeding 10 m to achieve applications that cover a longer distance.
GPU Technology Conference (GTC) hosted by NVIDIA is the premier AI and deep learning event, being held March 17-21, in San Jose, California.We demonstrated our ToF 3D sensing solution and showcase the evaluation kit for NVIDIA's Jetson Xavier, the AI embedded platform.
"Imaging LiDAR" is an evaluation device for development that uses our 3D ToF Image Sensor based on the concept of "ambient information sensing technology for the autonomous control to achieve smart mobility".
Panasonic semiconductor showcased "Imaging LiDAR". This device senses the ambient information required to enable the autonomous control necessary for achieving smart mobility.
Support for NVIDIA DRIVE IX enable manufacturers to build next-generation in-cabin applications
Panasonic Semiconductor Solutions Co., Ltd. (hereinafter called "Panasonic"), which offers technologies to provide safety and security for a comfortable human life, is developing a 3D ToF image sensor, a state-of-the-art depth sensing camera solution. When coupled with the NVIDIA DRIVE car computing platform and DRIVE IX intelligent experience software, manufacturers can develop AI-based advanced driver monitoring systems.