Two new multichannel laser diode drivers designed specifically for LIDAR (Light Distancing and Ranging) applications are now available from PicoLAS! These boards offer 4 or 16 independently addressable channels.
The LDP-AV 4N55-90 is able to drive 4 laser diodes with a fixed pulse duration of 5.5 ns with up to 90 A each. whereas the 16 channel LDP-AV 16N45-40 offers up to 40 A drive per laser diode in 5.5 ns. Direct mounting of the laser diodes on top of the driver board enables a high power density from a compact footprint. Customisation of these driver boards is also possible, for example laser diode pad position or pulse duration.