New High-Temperature Thermoelectric Coolers from Laird Thermal Systems Cool Optical Sensors in Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)
Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) use a variety of imaging sensors, cameras and lasers to enhance vehicle safety and create better driving conditions. Most of these optical devices, including CMOS sensors and laser diodes, are heat sensitive and rely on high-resolution images for proper operation. Image quality can quickly deteriorate as the device temperatures rise above 60°C.
Next Gen Thermoelectric Coolers for Optoelectronics
Date: Monday, September 13, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
Complex manufacturing processes require advanced thermal management solutions to support heat removal and temperature stabilization of optic systems in a wide range of applications. For example, thermoelectric coolers provide superior spot cooling for laser optics and power sources to deliver robust, low-power, and maintenance-free operation.
The OptoTEC™ OTX/HTX series of miniature thermoelectric coolers from Laird Thermal Systems Inc. is designed for high-temperature environments found in telecommunications, industrial, autonomous, and photonics applications.
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Advances in autonomous technologies, such as smart headlights, autonomous systems for collision avoidance, and infotainment systems, require enhanced thermal protection of critical electronics to ensure optimized performance. These emerging intelligent autonomous systems are increasingly complex while decreasing in size and weight. Packing more functionality into smaller footprints has increased the heat flux density and thermal challenges in autonomous systems.
Digital light processors employ a laser light source and millions of tiny mirrors to produce vibrant, high-resolution images for a wide variety of industries and applications. It is critical to maintain an optimum operating temperature during use to prevent degradation of the digital light processing technology. Active cooling solutions utilizing thermoelectric coolers can provide digital light processors thermal management in a wide range of high temperature applications.
Machine Vision can be found in inspection systems where cameras capture and interpret images of a specific process or activity. A number of emerging applications also take advantage of machine vision technology such as artificial intelligence (facial recognition) and collision detection for the next generation of vehicles, robotics and drones.