Essential components for LIDAR: light emitters, detectorsLIDAR is a light-based method for obtaining information about the distances to remote objects and their size, and is being adopted in applications such as security, robotics, and self-driving cars. A typical LIDAR system includes light-emitting components (such as lasers) to illuminate the surroundings and also light-detecting components (such as photodiodes) to detect the reected light for analysis by the LIDAR system. Hamamatsu is uniquely positioned to help customers with this growing technology because we are one of very few companies to design and manufacture a wide variety of both types of components, as well as modules that integrate photosensors with ampliers and signal processing circuits. Construction of new buildings at Miyakoda and Shingai Miyakoda Factory’s new building will consolidate the wafer processing of compound semiconductors(*2) at various sites into one location, enabling us to develop revolutionary new infrared devices and increase production for the growing market in infrared applications. Shingai Factory’s expansion will prepare us to meet growing demand for opto-semiconductors, as more space will be given to assembly inspection and more automation will be installed. (*2)Opto-semiconductors are commonly made from silicon (Si), but they can also be made from compounds of other materials in different ratios. This makes it possible to emit and detect longer wavelengths of light than silicon (i.e., infrared light).Cars of the future may use LIDAR to scan their surroundings and drive autonomously.New building at Miyakoda FactoryNew building at Shingai Factory11Annual Report 2016


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