ROHMís New High Power 120W Laser Diode for LiDAR: Increasing Measurement Range by Reducing Wavelength Temperature Dependence by 66%
Achieves a uniform luminous intensity of 97% over the entire luminous width, contributing to higher definition LiDAR
Willich-Münchheide, Germany, November 29, 2023 Ė ROHM has developed a high-power laser diode Ė the RLD90QZW8. It is ideal for industrial equipment and consumer applications requiring distance measurement and spatial recognition.
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In recent years, LiDAR is being increasingly adopted in a wide range of applications that require automation Ė including AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles), robot vacuums, and autonomous vehicles Ė where it is necessary to accurately measure distance and recognize space. In this context, there is a need to improve the performance and output of laser diodes when used as light sources to increase detection distance and accuracy.

To meet this demand, ROHM established original patented technology to achieve a narrower emission width that contributes to longer range and higher accuracy in LiDAR applications. In 2019, ROHM released the 25W laser diode RLD90QZW5 followed by the 75W laser diode RLD90QZW3 in 2021. In response to the growing market demand for even higher output, ROHM developed the new 120W laser diode.

The RLD90QZW8 is a 120W infrared high output laser diode developed for LiDAR used in distance measurement and spatial recognition in 3D ToF systems. Original device development technology allows ROHM to reduce the temperature dependence of the laser wavelength by 66% over general products, to just Δ11.6nm (Ave. 0.10nm/°C). This makes it possible to narrow the bandpass filter while extending the detection range of LiDAR. At the same time, a uniform light intensity of 97% is achieved over the industry's smallest class* of emission width of 270µm, representing a range of 264µm that contributes to higher resolution. Additional features that include high power-to-light conversion efficiency (PCE) enables efficient optical output that contributes to lower power consumption in LiDAR applications.

A variety of design support materials necessary for integrating and evaluating the new product is available free of charge on ROHMís website that facilitate market introduction. In order to drive laser diodes with high nano-second order speed required for LiDAR applications, ROHM developed a reference design available now that combines ROHMís 150V EcoGaN™ HEMT and gate drivers.
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ROHM has also acquired certification under the IATF 16949 automotive quality management standard for both front-end and back-end processes at its manufacturing facilities. As a result, product development of laser diodes for automotive applications (AEC-Q102 compliant) is underway, with commercialization planned by the end of 2024.

High Power Laser Diode Lineup for LiDAR
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Application Examples
Consumer: Robot vacuums, Laser rangefinders
Industrial: AGVs (Automated Guided Vehicles), service robots, 3D monitoring systems (sensors for human/object detection)
and more...

Support Page
A broad range of design data is available on ROHMís website free of charge, including simulation (SPICE) models, board development data, and application notes on drive circuit design necessary for integration and evaluation that supports quick market introduction. Click on the URL below for more information.
RLD90QZW8 Product Page:
https://www.rohm.com/products/laser-diodes/high-power-lasers/rld90qzw8-product#productDetail

Reference Designs
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Reference designs for LiDAR incorporating these new products together with ROHMís 150V EcoGaN™ and high-speed gate driver (BD2311NVX series) are now available on ROHMís website.
Reference Design Part Nos.
REFLD002-1<Square Wave Circuit>
(120W High Power Laser Diode [RLD90QZW8] built-in)
REFLD002-2<Resonant Circuit>
(75W High Power Laser Diode [RLD90QZW3] built-in)

EcoGaN™ is a trademark or registered trademark of ROHM Co., Ltd.

Online Sales Information
Sales Launch Date: September 2023
Online Distributors: DigiKey, Mouser and Farnell
The product will be offered at other online distributors as they become available.
Target Product: RLD90QZW8-00A

Visit ROHMís Website for More Information
https://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=2023-11-29_news_laser-diode&defaultGroupId=false

*ROHM November 29, 2023 study

About ROHM Semiconductor
ROHM Semiconductor is a global company of 507.8 billion yen (3.9 billion US dollars) per March 31st, 2023, with over 23,700 employees. The company develops and manufactures a very large product range from SiC Diodes and MOSFETs, Analog ICs such as Gate Drivers and Power Management ICs to Power Transistors and Diodes to Passive Components. The production of ROHMís high performing products is taking place in state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Japan, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and China. ROHM Semiconductor Europe has its Head Office near Dusseldorf serving the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).
For further information, please contact www.rohm.com

 
 
 
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