The new LUXEON IR emitters target both interior and exterior automotive applications for driver monitoring systems, gesture control, and night vision

By Alex Pluemer, contributing writer

Lumileds recently
launched LUXEON IR for Automotive, a family
of infrared (IR) emitters developed for automotive sensing applications.
Designed for both interior and exterior automotive applications, these IR
emitters target driver monitoring systems, gesture control, and night vision.

Consisting of the
LUXEON IR Compact Line and the LUXEION IR Domed Line, both product lines use a
ceramic substrate to dissipate heat, thereby providing the best thermal conductivity
among comparable products on the market, according to the company.

Compact Line features what the company boasts is the smallest power infrared
emitter in the industry, saving developers critical design space and affording
them greater flexibility. These are well-suited for exterior optical systems,
such as head- or taillights for lane-departing systems, IR illumination at
night, or during bad weather conditions.

Domed Line can be configured to emit infrared light in four distinct radiation
patterns (50°, 60°, 90°,
and 150°), making them suitable for interior applications like driver monitor
systems (DMS) and occupancy detection.

“With the
introduction of the LUXEON IR Family for Automotive, Lumileds is offering the automotive
industry a range of infrared emitters that will enable further implementation
of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) in the next generation of cars,”
according to Wouter Schrama, senior product manager for the LUXEON IR Family.

Family for Automotive is compliant with the Automotive Electronics Council
qualification review (AEC-Q102). Both the LUXEON Domed and Compact lines will
begin shipping by the end of 2018.