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Compact and Tunable Electro-Optic Modulator for Free Space Applications Modulating Light at Gigahertz Speed


New research paper titled "Gigahertz free-space electro-optic modulators based on Mie resonances" from researchers at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), in collaboration with researchers at the department of Chemistry at the University of Washington. Partial Abstract "Electro-optic modulators are essential for sensing, metrology and telecommunicatio... » read more

Data Fusion Scheme For Object Detection & Trajectory Prediction for Autonomous Driving


New research paper titled "Multi-View Fusion of Sensor Data for Improved Perception and Prediction in Autonomous Driving" from researchers at Uber. Abstract "We present an end-to-end method for object detection and trajectory prediction utilizing multi-view representations of LiDAR returns. Our method builds on a state-of-the-art Bird's-Eye View (BEV) network that fuses voxelized featur... » read more

Customizable FPGA-Based Hardware Accelerator for Standard Convolution Processes Empowered with Quantization Applied to LiDAR Data


Abstract "In recent years there has been an increase in the number of research and developments in deep learning solutions for object detection applied to driverless vehicles. This application benefited from the growing trend felt in innovative perception solutions, such as LiDAR sensors. Currently, this is the preferred device to accomplish those tasks in autonomous vehicles. There is a bro... » read more

OverlapNet: Loop Closing for LiDAR-based SLAM


Abstract: "Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) is a fundamental capability required by most autonomous systems. In this paper, we address the problem of loop closing for SLAM based on 3D laser scans recorded by autonomous cars. Our approach utilizes a deep neural network exploiting different cues generated from LiDAR data for finding loop closures. It estimates an image overlap gene... » read more

Multi-View Fusion of Sensor Data for Improved Perception and Prediction in Autonomous Driving


Abstract "We present an end-to-end method for object detection and trajectory prediction utilizing multi-view representations of LiDAR returns. Our method builds on a state-of-the-art Bird's-Eye View (BEV) network that fuses voxelized features from a sequence of historical LiDAR data as well as rasterized high-definition map to perform detection and prediction tasks. We extend the BEV network ... » read more

Choose The Right Sensors For Autonomous Vehicles


When the world’s first “motorwagen” was introduced in 1885, the notion that a car would one day drive itself was laughable. Today, assisted and autonomous vehicles are the reality of an age where digital sensors can outperform human ability to perceive motion, distance, and speed. When used together, sensor technologies including camera, lidar, radar, and ultrasonic give vehicles one... » read more

Innovations In Sensor Technology


Sensors are the “eyes” and “ears” of processors, co-processors, and computing modules. They come in all shapes, forms, and functions, and they are being deployed in a rapidly growing number of applications — from edge computing and IoT, to smart cities, smart manufacturing, hospitals, industrial, machine learning, and automotive. Each of these use cases relies on chips to capture d... » read more

Big Changes Ahead For Inside Auto Cabins


The space we occupy inside our vehicles is poised to change from mere enclosure to participant in the driving experience. Whether for safety or for comfort, a wide range of sensors are likely to appear that will monitor the “contents” of the vehicle. The overall approach is referred to as an in-cabin monitoring system (ICMS), but the specific applications vary widely. “In-cabin sensing... » read more

Competing Auto Sensor Fusion Approaches


As today’s internal-combustion engines are replaced by electric/electronic vehicles, mechanical-system sensors will be supplanted by numerous electronic sensors both for efficient operation and for achieving various levels of autonomy. Some of these new sensors will operate alone, but many prominent ones will need their outputs combined — or “fused” — with the outputs of other sensor... » read more

Current And Future Packaging Trends


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss IC packaging technology trends and other topics with William Chen, a fellow at ASE; Michael Kelly, vice president of advanced packaging development and integration at Amkor; Richard Otte, president and CEO of Promex, the parent company of QP Technologies; Michael Liu, senior director of global technical marketing at JCET; and Thomas Uhrmann, directo... » read more

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