The Blackmore LIDAR Engine
Blackmore’s LIDAR engine is created by the unique combination of optical and electronic components, firmware and analytics.
Blackmore’s team has spent the last several years vetting their LIDAR engine’s performance and proving its superiority over competing systems.
Most LIDAR systems in operation today use amplitude modulation; pulsed lasers. Blackmore takes a different approach, using a frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) laser at a constant, eye-safe power level. Blackmore is currently implementing its LIDAR engine in a solid state version that can be scaled to meet demand in both automotive and surveillance applications.
This revolutionary approach has critical advantages over amplitude-modulated LIDAR:
- Simultaneous measurement of range and velocity. Whenever a Blackmore LIDAR makes a range measurement, it also measures the relative velocity between the sensor and the target. This unique capability adds a powerful new dimension to LIDAR data analytics.
- Interference rejection. By its very design, Blackmore’s coherent LIDAR engine is insensitive to interference from other LIDAR sensors and from the sun.
- Single-photon sensitivity. A single return photon is all it takes to make a range/velocity measurement, enabling long-range operation and fast repetition rates.
- High dynamic range. Though sensitive to low levels of return light, Blackmore’s sensor is not blinded by bright returns from reflective objects.
- Non-mechanical beam steering. Because Blackmore’s measurement is based on a continuous wave laser it is ideally suited for beam steering with solid-state optical phased arrays (OPAs).
- Software-Defined Operation. Similar to a modern radar system, operational modes can be changed on-the-fly in software to meet different situational needs.
- Proven Hardware. LIDAR engine components are rooted in optical fiber communications where scalability, robustness, and low-cost have been demonstrated for years.