GOLETA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SLD Laser, a world leader in commercialization of laser light sources, has announced the production launch of the world’s first dual emission white light and infrared (IR) LaserLightTM source for automotive and consumer lighting, night vision illumination, precision long-range sensing beyond 250 meters, and high-speed LiFi communications faster than 20 gigabit per second. The company will demonstrate this pioneering innovation and its expanded, award-winning LaserLight product line during its virtual All Digital CES event exhibition and application showcase, January 12-15, 2021.
White/IR dual emission sources are critical for automotive lighting, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous vehicle LiDAR 3D sensing, as well as mobility applications including avionics, drones, railway, and marine. Additionally, dual emission sources are required for consumer and professional product portable lighting products, night vision illuminators, and rangefinders for recreation and outdoor, search & rescue, and security applications. SLD’s new source delivers high brightness white light with 1 km beam distance, while independently producing IR illumination from the same emission spot to achieve ranging to more than 250 meters with 1% accuracy. Moreover, these sources generate LiDAR video imagery and data when integrated with sensor chips, to enable next generation 3D imaging headlights.
SLD’s new LaserLight Dual White/IR sources deliver high brightness, safe incoherent white light of 500 lumens with near infrared emission up to 1 watt average power and 100 watt peak power that can emit either together simultaneously or independently, depending on the needs of the application. The White/IR LaserLight source technology is available in several high volume product configurations including SLD’s MicroSpotTM module, FiberLight module, and SMD (surface mount device) component. Until now, high speed dual emission white/IR sources have not been possible because LEDs and legacy lamp-based light sources are unable to deliver high brightness dual wavelength emission from the same point source, and they are incapable of being modulated at the high speeds required for accurate sensing and fast data rates.
Utilizing the White/IR dual-emission LaserLight sources, SLD is now offering a commercial LiFi development kit with 1 gigabit per second data rate for customers to design LiFi into emerging optical communication applications for a myriad of mobility use cases, as well as future smart cities such as intelligent streetlights, and smart buildings such as healthcare facilities and factories. By delivering both white and IR from the same source and fusing together lighting, sensing, and communication functionalities, SLD’s LaserLight LiFi kit enables its customers to commercialize potent intelligent illumination systems. These systems will provide a unique combination of precision white lighting, accurate sensing and ultra-high speed communication with unconstrained optical bandwidth, as well as secure and efficient data transmission without RF interference of the incumbent WiFi technology.
SLD’s industry leading high brightness white light LaserLight products will also be showcased at its virtual CES event. Its automotive certified LaserLight Fiber sources are now deployed into multiple vehicle platform headlights and are on the road globally. SLD has been named a Grade A supplier for excellent quality by a leading global Tier 1 supplier and was recently ranked 7th in Fortune magazine’s prestigious “2020 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing & ProductionTM” companies. SLD’s white light sources were once again utilized by the winning drivers at the BFGoodrich SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race, the most prestigious off-road motorsport race.
SLD has expanded its white LaserLight sources with the introduction of the 1000 lumen SMD and MicroSpot, enabling low beam and high beam full field illumination, as well as off-road boost and ultra-wide angle panoramic illumination. These sources are more than 10 times brighter than LEDs, enabling safe stopping distance with precise illumination patterns and minimum glare, while meeting stringent safety regulations of UL and IEC. These LaserLight modules are 1/3 the size of LED sources, saving critical space in the car, and providing unmatched design freedom for ultra-thin styling possibilities. Utilizing the 1000 lumen source, SLD has extended its FiberLight source with transport and emissive fiber illumination up to 10,000 cd/m2 for ultra-bright lighting for vehicle exterior grills, logos, and interiors. With 10 times the brightness of LED solutions, these sources produce brilliant and efficient illumination from thin, low cost plug-and-play fiber optics and a modular light source.
SLD Laser will host virtual meetings at CES 2021 by appointment, live from SLD’s Silicon Valley light tunnel and LaserLight showroom. To schedule an appointment, please contact Kristen Hanna at KHanna@SLDlaser.com.
About SLD Laser
SLD Laser is pioneering a new generation of laser light sources for automotive, mobility, specialty lighting, and consumer applications. The company is ISO 9001 certified and automotive compliant to IATF 16949, and operates facilities in Santa Barbara, CA and in Fremont, CA. SLD Laser’s high luminance LaserLight sources are UL and IEC safety certified, and are utilized in a myriad of applications including automotive & mobility, specialty & portable lighting, entertainment & outdoor, projection & AR/VR displays, biomedical instrumentation & therapeutics, and industrial imaging & material processing. SLD Laser was founded in 2013 by several leading global pioneers in solid-state lighting, including Dr. Shuji Nakamura, 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics, Dr. Steve Denbaars, Dr. James Raring, and Dr. Paul Rudy. To learn more about SLD Laser, visit www.SLDlaser.com or contact the company at info@SLDlaser.com or 1-866-SLD-LASE (1-866-753-5273).