Handelsblatt Global on Microvision's (NASDAQ:MVIS) competitor Bosch: "The so-called micro-electro-mechanical systems, also known under the acronym MEMS, power cameras, radar sensors and laser scanners, which are all crucial in the development of self-driving cars. Since 2013, Bosch has been developing special circuits for the interpretation of MEMS signals. The new plant will be tasked with producing such circuits on a large scale"
More information and source: Bosch Goes Big on German Chip Production
From "all-electronics.de" article (by Google translate):
- "On June 19, 2017, Bosch announced in Dresden that the company plans to build a factory for MEMS-based Lidar sensors by the end of 2019.... invest a billion in 300 mm technology there... Automated driving is only possible with Lidar as the third sensor next to the camera and Radar."
- "Lidar a "sensible addition to radar and camera sensors""
- "Bosch Lidar was one of the partners in the three-year BMBF Collaborative Project PLUS (pulse laser and scanner) as a consortium partner. PLUS deals with ToF-Lidar (ToF: Time-of-Flight) on a semiconductor basis. The companies Robert Bosch GmbH, Bosch Sensortec GmbH, Philips Photonics GmbH, eagleyard Photonics GmbH, FISBA Photonics GmbH, Jena-Optronik GmbH, PicoLAS GmbH, iC-Haus GmbH and the Ferdinand Braun Institute, Leibnitz Institute for High Frequency Technology (FBH). With the Ferdinand Braun Institute, real laser specialists belong to the team"
- "Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, to the US company Tetravue... in the amount of US $ 10 million. Tetravue is working on "Solid State HD Lidar"."
- "Tetravue... uses a standard CMOS process and CCD pixel technology, which is available in megapixel arrays, to "achieve a ten-fold higher resolution than other 3D technologies", with the system being used both during the day and night...Solid-State Lidar, which operates according to the ToF method, is generally "more efficient than other Lidar methods"."
Disclosure: I am/we are long MVIS.