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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

LightTime to Present Compact Low-Cost MEMS LADAR Technology at Defense and Security Symposium 2006

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via NewsEdge Corporation


LightTime(TM) LLC, a privately-held developer of high-performance optoelectronics technology, will be presenting the Company's latest LADAR (laser radar) technology at the SPIE Defense and Security Symposium 2006. Dr. James Siepmann, LightTime's Chief Research Officer, will present "Fusion of Current Technologies with Real-Time 3D MEMS LADAR for Novel Security & Defense Applications," describing the technology for the development of a new class of low-cost, compact LADAR devices.

The SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering) Defense and Security Symposium, the only annual open event on sensing technologies for defense and security applications, will take place on April 17-21 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Siepmann's presentation will be given on April 19 during the Laser Radar Technology and Applications XI Session (6214-10).

"LightTime's LADAR technology has the potential to open up a new class of inexpensive, portable 3D LADAR devices," said Clark Caflisch, president and CEO of LightTime. "We have integrated high-performance semiconductor lasers with the latest MEMS scanning mirror techniques, which we are confident will be the enabling technologies for the next generation of real-time 3D sensors."

Compact low-cost LADAR sensors and scanners have numerous military, law enforcement, and other applications. Today's LADAR devices are shoebox-sized, weigh approximately 15 kg and cost approximately $100,000.00. In contrast, LightTime's MEMS LADAR designs can be reduced to the chip level, resulting in a smaller, lighter, dramatically less expensive unit.

LightTime has developed designs for practical devices that would operate over a range of one to over 100 meters, with a resolution of less than one centimeter, 40+ degree field of view, 320 x 240 display resolution, and high-resolution zooming. Systems could also transmit range, intensity, color, and GPS to build 3D surveys. Devices could be designed to be handheld or incorporated into a helmet, and operate on less than 4W.

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