Maxim speeds up autonomous driving

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Maxim Integrated Products has released the industry’s fastest and smallest lidar ICs (integrated circuit) enabling autonomous cars to driver at higher speed.

The MAX40026 high-speed comparator and the MAX40660/MAX40661 high-bandwidth transimpedance amplifiers enable 10mph faster autonomous driving at highway speeds by providing twice the bandwidth and 32 additional channels to a lidar module of the same size.

Maxim says that with self-driving systems evolving from 35mph to 65mph and beyond, lidar sensors are playing an increasing role for sensors’ ability to accurately measure the distance of objects.

With more than twice the bandwidth and accommodating 33% more channels within the same lidar module size than others, the MAX40660/MAX40661 transimpedance amplifiers provide optical receiver designers with higher-resolution images that enable faster autonomous driving systems.

The system size of the MAX40026 plus MAX40660/1 is 5mm2  smaller than the closest competitor, allowing developers to fit more channels into space-constrained vehicle platforms.

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