The Light Deflection Cube (LDC) Evaluation Kit from Fraunhofer
Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS can now be custom-configured
and ordered on the internet. This will facilitate access to micro
scanning mirror technology.
Deflecting light over an axis is the key to a great variety of
applications, such as barcode reading, laser projection of images, or
three-dimensional object measurement. Resonant micro-scanning mirrors,
or micro-scanners, such as those being developed at the Fraunhofer
Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS for many years, are the
technology of choice when it comes to building systems that are
compact, energy-efficient, robust, and affordable. These resonant
micromirrors made of silicon, are 0.5 to 3 mm large in diameter and
predestined for cost-efficient mass production.
The number of micro-scanner based products is nonetheless still within
a limited range. »The development of complex MEMS devices like
our scanning mirrors is not only time consuming and coupled with high
costs,« explains Denis Jung, Project Manager at Fraunhofer IPMS.
»It is also the integration of the micro-scanners, position
detection and drive electronics in the system environment that can pose
a hurdle for potential users considering microscanners for new
applications and products.«
With sales of the LCD custom-configurable Evaluation Kit on the
internet, Fraunhofer IPMS now supports its customers in keeping up with
the technological demands on product cycles that are perpetually
shorter and shorter. The encapsulated Light Deflection Cube Evaluation
Kit is based upon a standardized, configurable VarioS® MEMS mirror
and, along with the MEMS mirror, it includes a position sensor,
complete drive electronics, as well as a software interface to specify
the operating parameters. The circular mirror plate of the micro
scanning mirror build into the LDC module can be chosen between 0.5 mm
and 3 mm in diameter.
More information at http://www.ipms.fraunhofer.de/