TriEye Collaborates with DENSO to Evaluate the World’s First CMOS-based SWIR Camera

June 11, 2020
Driving testing conducted in a sunny environment

We’ve officially revealed our partnership with the global automotive supplier, DENSO, to evaluate the Sparrow—the world’s first CMOS-based SWIR camera. This collaboration comes months after TriEye partnered with leading sports car manufacturer, Porsche.

About the Collaboration

DENSO is a $47.6 billion global mobility supplier headquartered in Kariya, Japan that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. DENSO’s mission is to directly change how the world moves, paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives.

“We are proud and delighted to announce our collaboration with DENSO which marks a meaningful step forward in delivering our mission of solving the low visibility challenge,” said Avi Bakal, TriEye’s Co-Founder and CEO, “The joint work has been greatly beneficial since day one, bringing together DENSO’s innovative approach and market experience with TriEye groundbreaking technology.“

TriEye Sparrow

The evaluation of Sparrow by DENSO, Porsche, and additional TriEye customers proves the product’s ability to deliver mission-critical image data under a wide range of scenarios, made possible by leveraging the unique physical properties of the SWIR spectrum. The sensor is particularly effective in low visibility conditions such as identifying black ice, dark clothed pedestrians, and cyclists – all under low-light or other common low visibility conditions, detection scenarios that are paramount for the automotive industry. 

TriEye aims to solve the low visibility challenge on the roads by making SWIR cameras affordable and accessible for the global mass market. The release of Sparrow, the world’s-first CMOS-based SWIR camera, marks a major milestone towards that goal. The company is expected to launch the first samples of Raven, the world’s first CMOS-based SWIR HD camera, later this year.
Our SWIR camera can be integrated as a standard visible camera and can reuse existing visible image AI algorithms, which saves the effort of recollecting and annotating millions of miles. The camera will allow Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Vehicles (AV) to achieve unprecedented vision capabilities to save lives on the roads.

InGaAs-based SWIR cameras have been around for decades, serving science, aerospace, and defense industries, but have not been used for mass-market applications due to their high costs and large form factor. Based on a decade of nanophotonics research, TriEye enables the fabrication of a scalable CMOS-based HD SWIR sensor which is smaller in size and a 1000x lower cost than current technology.

In addition to the evaluation by TriEye’s automotive customers, we’ve already delivered samples of the Sparrow to its non-automotive customers, allowing them to take advantage of TriEye’s SWIR capabilities to see beyond the visible and solve complex industry challenges. 

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