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1. US20200209355 - SOLID-STATE ELECTRONIC SCANNING LASER ARRAY WITH HIGH-SIDE AND LOW-SIDE SWITCHES FOR INCREASED CHANNELS

Office United States of America
Application Number 16696540
Application Date 26.11.2019
Publication Number 20200209355
Publication Date 02.07.2020
Publication Kind A1
IPC
G01S 7/484
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
7Details of systems according to groups G01S13/, G01S15/, G01S17/127
48of systems according to group G01S17/58
483Details of pulse systems
484Transmitters
G01S 17/10
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
02Systems using the reflection of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
06Systems determining position data of a target
08for measuring distance only
10using transmission of interrupted, pulse-modulated waves
G01S 7/481
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
7Details of systems according to groups G01S13/, G01S15/, G01S17/127
48of systems according to group G01S17/58
481Constructional features, e.g. arrangements of optical elements
CPC
G01S 7/4817
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
7Details of systems according to groups G01S13/00, G01S15/00, G01S17/00
48of systems according to group G01S17/00
481Constructional features, e.g. arrangements of optical elements
4817relating to scanning
G01S 7/484
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
7Details of systems according to groups G01S13/00, G01S15/00, G01S17/00
48of systems according to group G01S17/00
483Details of pulse systems
484Transmitters
G01S 17/10
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
17Systems using the reflection or reradiation of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves, e.g. lidar systems
02Systems using the reflection of electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
06Systems determining position data of a target
08for measuring distance only
10using transmission of interrupted, pulse-modulated waves
Applicants Ouster, Inc.
Inventors Angus PACALA
Marvin Liu SHU
Title
(EN) SOLID-STATE ELECTRONIC SCANNING LASER ARRAY WITH HIGH-SIDE AND LOW-SIDE SWITCHES FOR INCREASED CHANNELS
Abstract
(EN)

An electronically scanning emitter array that includes a two-dimensional array of light emitters arranged in k emitter banks. Each of the k emitter banks can include a subset of the light emitters in the two-dimensional array and can be independently operable to emit light from its subset of emitters. The electronically scanning emitter array can further include first and second capacitor banks coupled to provide energy to the two-dimensional array of light emitters and emitter array driving circuitry coupled to the first and second capacitor banks and to the k emitter banks. Each of the first and second capacitor banks can include at least one capacitor. The emitter array driving circuitry can include a first high-side switch coupled between the first capacitor bank and a voltage source, a second high-side switch coupled between the second capacitor bank and the voltage source, and k/2 low-side switches coupled between the k emitter banks and ground; and the emitter driving circuitry can be configured to fire one emitter bank in the k emitter banks at a time according to a firing sequence until each of the k emitter banks are fired.

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