LeddarTech has delivered the first A-samples of its LeddarCore LCA2 system-on-chip (SoC) to select automotive partners. The company has not disclosed the names of the automotive partners and it is expected to be disclosed at a later date this year.
The LCA2 is a 3D solid-state LiDAR (SSL) SoC and is available now to Tier-1 automotive manufacturers and system integrators via purchase of the LeddarTech LCA2 evaluation kit.
High-volume delivery of the LCA2 will begin in the first half of 2019 for deployment in Autonomous Driving (AD) and Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS).
The LCA2 uses LeddarSP signal processing software, developed by the company, to produce raw LiDAR data such as distance, position, and intensity of echoes. The company claims LCA2 is suitable for a wide range of applications, can be produced in high volumes for rapid mass-market deployment, and is ideal for SSL used in AD/ADAS.
To accelerate and support partner development of LCA2-based LiDAR, the company is also providing engineering services and access to the company’s SSL experts. LeddarTech’s ecosystem partners are also supporting customers in making the proper selection and integration of key components such as lasers and photodetectors.
LeddarTech General Manager of Automotive Business Unit Michael Poulin said on the announcement “LeddarTech’s LCA2 SoCs present an opportunity for our partners to develop their own optimized and tailored LiDAR solution and develop strong in-house LiDAR expertise. We now have a wide ecosystem of developers and suppliers adopting our LiDAR platform, which will accelerate optimization and cost reduction of solutions, hence supporting increased speed of adoption of autonomous driving.”