Melexis Signs Agreement with Sony to Expand Time-of-Flight Offering

Melexis and Sony set to collaborate in order to further encourage implementation of Time-of-Flight technology in automotive applications.

announces it has signed an agreement with Sony to further expand its offering for automobile safety and markets. This follows on from Sony's acquisition of SoftKinetic, a leading developer of sensor-to-software 3D gesture solutions - including the patented DepthSense Time-of-Flight sensor technology.

Melexis has been licensed under this technology for a number of years for products such as the MLX75023, the world’s first Time-of-Flight sensor in production. It will enter into a license agreement with Sony for the DepthSense Time-of-Flight sensor technology and, in addition, will collaborate with Sony to further expand this technology. The products derived from this collaboration will be fabricated at Sony’s world-class wafer fabrication facility in image sensor technology hence supporting further its offering to customers worldwide looking for solutions in the area of gesture recognition.

Francoise Chombar, CEO Melexis, comments: “The combination of Sony's superior image sensor technology and our year-long automotive sensor know-how and experience provides an exciting new platform for enhancing the Time-of-Flight technology. This innovative technology could change dramatically the way drivers communicate with their vehicles. No more touch screens or knobs, but a simple gesture might suffice in the future.”

The MLX75023 from Melexis is the world’s first automotive Time-of-Flight sensor in production. This sensor enables customers to develop a compact, sunlight robust, automotive 3D camera for gesture recognition purposes. It works in full sunlight, making it the perfect solution for a vehicle’s cockpit. It can be used for natural 3D gesture recognition and robust driver monitoring, bringing a new level of infotainment navigation control and safety features.

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