Assorted News: ST, Sony, ON Semi, ASE, Photon Force

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GlobeNewswire: ST reports that Aura Aware is using ST’s FlightSense technology in a smart distance-awareness portable device suitable for use at retail counters and check-in desks. The easy-to-setup device displays a green OK signal that changes to red if a person crosses a safe minimum-distance threshold.

AnandTech reports that after more than four years of being acquired by Sony, Altair Semiconductor is renaming itself as Sony Semiconductor Israel. The AI inference processor that’s been integrated into the new IMX500/501 sensors, was developed by Altair/Sony Semiconductor Israel.

"We have been honored to be part of Sony for the past four years, playing a key role in the company’s core business,” says Sony Semiconductor Israel CEO Nohik Semel, “To better reflect our long-term commitment to our partners and customers, as well as the quality of our offering, we have decided to change Altair’s company name to Sony.

ON Semi publishes a promotional video about robotic vision applications:

Digitimes reports that ASE starts mass production of LiDAR modules in 2H2020: Taiwan's backend house ASE Technology is expected to start volume production of LiDAR modules in the second half of 2020 as it has indirectly entered supply chains of first-tier automakers through its international clients. ASE Technology is said to aggressively incorporate AI technology to support smart production of ToF LiDARs.

Talking about LiDARs, Forbes contributor Sabbir Rangwala publishes a comparison table of possible spots for LiDAR in a car:

Edinburgh, UK-based Photon Force, a provider of time-resolved SPAD cameras, has received a Business Start-Up Award from the Institute of Physics (IOP).

"Founded in 2015 as a spin-out from Robert Henderson’s renowned CMOS Sensors and Systems Group at the University of Edinburgh, Photon Force has won the IOP accolade for the development of its ground-breaking sensors that enable ultrafast, single photon sensitive imaging. Photon Force sensors are used worldwide and facilitate progress in applications including quantum physics, communications and biomedical imaging/neuroscience."

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