LIDAR-Pulsed Time-of-Flight Reference Design Using High-Speed Data Converters


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Time-of-flight (ToF) optical methods for measuring distance with high precision are utilized in a variety of applications, such as laser safety scanners, range finders, drones, and guidance systems. This design details the advantages of a high-speed data-converter-based solution, including target identification, relaxed sample-rate requirements, and a simplified signal chain. The design also addresses optics, driver and receiver front-end circuitry, analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), digital-to-analog converters (DACs), and signal processing.

  • Measurement range up to 9 m or greater
  • Range measurement mean error of <±6 mm and standard deviation of <3 cm
  • 5.75-W pulsed 905-nm near-infrared laser diode and driver with <1-mW average output power
  • Laser collimation and photo receiver focusing optics
  • Includes 14-bit, 125-MSPS ADCs and 16-bit, 500-MSPS DAC high-speed amplifiers and clocking
  • Pulsed ToF measurement method with DFT-based range estimation
  • Automotive grade versions available for select devices
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High-speed ADCs (≥10 MSPS)

ADC3244Dual-channel 14-bit 125-MSPS analog-to-digital converter (ADC)

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Clock jitter cleaners

CDCM7005High performance, low phase noise, low skew clock synchronizer that synchronizes ref clock to VCXO

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Fully differential amplifiers

THS4541High-Speed Differential I/O Amplifier

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High-speed DACs (>10 MSPS)

DAC5682ZDual-Channel, 16-Bit, 1.0-GSPS, 1x-4x Interpolating Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)

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High-speed op amps (GBW ≥ 50 MHz)

OPA695Ultra-Wideband, Current-Feedback Operational Amplifier with Disable

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Transimpedance amplifiers

OPA857Ultralow-Noise, Wideband, Pseudo-Differential Output Transimpedance Amplifier

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* Design guide LIDAR-Pulsed Time-of-Flight Reference Design Using High-Speed Data Converters (Rev. B) Jul. 18, 2017

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