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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

Blaize and LeiShen Intelligence colloborate to Integrate Lidar and AI Functions

Blaize announced a strategic cooperation agreement with Lidar solutions leader LeiShen, for in-depth cooperation on integrating Lidar and AI functions in intelligence applications for autonomous operation across a range of automotive and smart city markets in China. As part of the agreement, Blaize and LeiShen are building a sensor fusion solution combining LeiShen Lidar technology with AI processing on the Blaize Pathfinder P1600 SOM embedded AI accelerator.

“LeiShen is committed to making driving safer, robots smarter and life better, with advanced, stable and reliable Lidar sensing technology,” said Hu Xiaobo, founder and CEO of LeiShen Intelligence. “The cooperation with Blaize will not only help customers make better use of Lidar, but also enable more safe, reliable and powerful intelligent sensing applications for autonomous driving and smart city projects.”

“LeiShen innovative, intelligent Lidar sensing technology and Blaize products built on our Graph Streaming Processor (GSP) architecture are an ideal combination to enable safer and more reliable autonomous operation,” said Dinakar Munagala, CEO and Co-founder, Blaize. “We look forward to working with LeiShen as we serve the market, providing better optimised, efficient and economical solutions for electrification, vehicle safety, infotainment, and other intelligence applications.”

The Blaize GSP architecture enables concurrent execution of multiple neural networks and entire workflows on a single system, uniquely enabling end-to-end applications to be built integrating non-neural network functions such as Image Signal Processing and Lidar with neural network functions.

LeiShen has profound Lidar research and development strength. It is the only Lidar company that has mastered the four ranging principles of time flight method, triangulation method, phase method, and FMCW simultaneously and independently developed 1550nm fibre laser and its core components. In April 2021, LeiShen launched the second hybrid solid-state Lidar globally and the first one officially certified by vehicle regulations in China Up to CH32. As well, LeiShen found the high-profile 128 wire vehicle gauge hybrid solid-state lidar ch128x1.

Blaize and LeiShen will jointly promote autonomous driving projects and smart city projects based on Lidar technology. The Blaize Pathfinder P1600 AI accelerator integrated into LeiShen advanced auto-grade Lidar can efficiently process LIDAR point cloud data and related algorithms. Furthermore, lidar can directly output the target data results with the built-in optimised sensor fusion algorithm, providing robust sensor fusion solutions to autonomous driving and smart city projects.

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