Tysondello, Belgium, September 18, 2020 – Melexis, a global microelectronics engineering company, announces the launch of an AEC-Q100 qualified QVGA time-of-flight sensor IC, the MLX 75026, which is now in volume production. The MLX 75026 is Melexis’ third-generation QVGA ToF chip, further expanding the product portfolio.
The MLX 75026 doubles the performance of previous generation ToF sensor ICs in terms of quantum efficiency and distance accuracy. In addition, the MLX 75026 is software compatible with the third-generation VGA ToF sensor IC MLX 75027 for easy VGA and QVGA resolution migration. The new sensor IC is half the size but requires only 30% of the computing power required by the VGA ToF sensor IC MLX 75027.
This fully integrated solution is ideal for automotive applications such as Driver Monitoring Systems (DMS), Hand Motion and Reliable Gesture Recognition (HMI) and In-Vehicle Monitoring Systems (IMS). Low-contrast and strong sunlight scenarios often present serious challenges to traditional 2D image sensor ICs, and the new sensor ICs are extremely robust in this regard. For applications where data reliability and availability are critical, the MLX 75026 is ideal. The chip is also targeted for other markets and applications with sufficient QVGA resolution, including reliable people counting and object/obstacle detection.
The MLX 75026 features QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) resolution in a 1/4 inch optical format and supports both 850 nm and 940 nm illumination. The IC is configurable through the I2C interface and provides CSI-2 serial data output. The chip’s small size, simple power requirements, very low power consumption, and low number of external components on the PCB allow for the design of compact and affordable ToF cameras.
Samples are available now, with evaluation kits available in November 2020.