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.

Melexis announces it has signed an agreement with Sony to further expand its Time-of-Flight offering for automobile safety and infotainment 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 automotive 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.