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indie Semiconductor Launches Highly Integrated Surya™ LiDAR SoC

  • Leverages indie’s Differentiated Analog, Mixed Signal, DSP and Software Capabilities
  • Significantly Reduces Power and Cost Compared to Discrete Approaches
  • Creates an Unparalleled Platform when Incorporated with TeraXion’s Industry Leading Laser and Sensing Technologies

indie Semiconductor, Inc. (Nasdaq: INDI), an Autotech solutions innovator, today launched the Company’s breakthrough Surya™ LiDAR system-on-a-chip (SOC) which enables advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving functionality. LiDAR, or light detection and ranging, is a critical sensing technology for achieving maximum levels of safety for assisted and self-driving cars. indie’s device is designed for high performance LiDAR and integrates both high speed analog to digital converters and digital signal processing to facilitate the reliable detection of long-range targets. Surya™ consumes significantly lower power when compared to current architectures and is substantially more cost-effective than current FPGA-based designs.

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Highly Integrated Surya™ LiDAR SoC (Photo: Business Wire)

Highly Integrated Surya™ LiDAR SoC (Photo: Business Wire)

“indie is at the forefront of disruptive LiDAR-based solutions, creating differentiated platforms that will help unleash next generation ADAS applications and ultimately enable true autonomous driving,” said Paul Hollingworth, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Specifically, our initial LiDAR offering combines indie’s innovative high speed analog, mixed signal, DSP and software technologies together with TeraXion’s best-in-class laser and sensing technologies to offer unprecedented levels of hardware and software integration. Until now, LiDAR systems have not been scalable given ultra-high price points for disparate implementations. We believe Surya™ represents a major step forward in advancing architectures with significant improvements in power, performance and cost. Today’s announcement also reflects how indie is answering pent-up customer demand for truly comprehensive and cost-effective solutions that enhance the circle of safety and accelerate the promise of tomorrow’s self-driving cars.”

indie will commence broad customer sampling of Surya™ in Q1 2022.

According to a recent MarketWatch report, the global automotive LiDAR market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 28 percent from 2020 to 2027, reaching a market value of approximately $3.2 billion by 2027.


Camera, radar and LiDAR are complementary technologies in enhanced ADAS and autonomous applications. One of LiDAR’s greatest advantages over radar is improved resolution. High resolution requires a smaller wavelength and LiDAR operating at 1.55 um has a >2500x smaller wavelength than radar at 77 GHz ~ 4 mm. A second major advantage is reduced interference as there is no strong spectrum allocation problem at 200 THz. FMCW LiDAR’s advantage over traditional TOF LiDAR includes the simultaneous measurement of range, velocity and reflectivity of every target without having to revisit the same position in a subsequent frame. FMCW modulation also reduces interference from unrelated light sources including the sun and other LiDARs.

As a result, LiDAR-based 5D sensors (X, Y, Z, velocity and reflectivity) are an indispensable technology for enabling the evolution from driver assistance to fully autonomous vehicles, gathering critical data about the environment, which ADAS and autonomous vehicle systems require to ensure reliable safety.

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About indie

indie is empowering the Autotech revolution with next generation automotive semiconductors and software platforms. We focus on edge sensors spanning multiple modalities including LiDAR, radar, ultrasound and vision for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicles, connected car, user experience and electrification applications. These technologies represent the core underpinnings of both electric and autonomous vehicles, while the advanced user interfaces transform the in-cabin experience to mirror and seamlessly connect to the mobile platforms we rely on every day. We are an approved vendor to Tier 1 partners and our solutions can be found in marquee automotive OEMs around the world. Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, indie has design centers and sales offices in Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; San Francisco and San Jose, CA; Budapest, Hungary; Dresden, Germany; Edinburgh, Scotland; Haifa, Israel; Tokyo, Japan and several locations throughout China.

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