Ulm, Germany, February 01, 2023: Scantinel Photonics, a global leading FMCW LiDAR technology company, has received the Top 100 Innovator Award in Germany. On June 23, science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar will personally congratulate Scantinel on this success at the awards ceremony in Augsburg. Yogeshwar serves the TOP 100 innovation competition as a mentor.

The competition is based on a scientific selection process. On behalf of compamedia, the organizer of the competition, the innovation researcher Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke from the Vienna University of Economics and his team has analyzed Scantinel based on more than 100 criteria from five categories: innovation-promoting top management, innovation climate, innovative process and organization, external orientation/open innovation and innovation success. It is particularly important whether a company's innovations are just a product of chance or whether they are planned systematically and can therefore be repeated in the future (further information on the test criteria at https://www.top100.de/teilnahme/pruefkriterien/).

Scantinel is recognized as one of the very top innovators in 2023. Located in Ulm and Karlsruhe, Germany, Scantinel has made a name for itself by leading innovative FMCW LiDAR sensing technology, standing on the front line to bring FMCW LiDAR on PIC into market. The company is currently developing a revolutionary SingleChip LiDAR solution based on a photonic platform with groundbreaking solid-state scanning capability. Such approach yields a highly integrated system with tremendous scalability potential, which can be easily adapted to any application eco-systems.

SingleChip LiDAR solution will be the dream come true for the mobility industry, and it requires significant innovations on photonic, laser, optic, packaging, system integration, etc. At Scantinel, we are pioneering in all these aspects and are pushing the limits of next generation FMCW LiDAR sensing. The Top 100 Innovator Award is a great recognition of our technology-leading position and innovation-driven culture.

Dr. Michael Richter, Managing Director of Scantinel Photonics

The TOP 100 is about the question of how important the innovation goal is in the company. Do routines and habits dominate, or is the company able to question the existing, to think creatively and anew, and to successfully assert itself on the market? We analyze this ability based on more than 100 test criteria.

Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke, Scientific Director of Top 100 Innovator Competition

On June 23, all top innovators of the 2023 class will come together in Augsburg for the award ceremony at the German SME Summit. There Ranga Yogeshwar will personally congratulate them on their success in TOP 100.

About Top 100 Innovator Award

Since 1993, compamedia has been awarding the TOP 100 Award for special innovative strength and leading innovative success to medium-sized companies. The scientific management has been in the hands of Prof. Dr. Nicholas Franke. Franke is the founder and head of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. With 26 research awards and over 200 publications, he is one of the leading innovation researchers internationally. TOP 100's mentor is science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar. Project partners are the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research and the BVMW association of medium-sized companies. The magazines manager magazin, impulse and ZEIT für Unternehmer accompany the company comparison as media partners. More information and registration at www.top100.de.

About Scantinel Photonics GmbH

Founded in 2019 and based in Ulm, Germany, Scantinel Photonics GmbH is a leading FMCW sensing technology company offering next-generation LiDAR solutions for automated mobility and industrial applications. Scantinel is backed by ZEISS Ventures, Scania Growth Capital and PhotonDelta.

German startup which uses photonic chips to make LiDAR devices cheaper, faster and easier to mass produce, gets backing from PhotonDelta, Scania Growth Capital and ZEISS Ventures

Ulm and Karlsruhe, Germany; 24th November 2022: Scantinel Photonics, a startup developing nextgen LiDAR solutions for mobility and industrial applications, has secured a €10 million extended Series A. The round was backed by PhotonDelta and current investors Scania Growth Capital and ZEISS Ventures.

Scantinel will use the funding to roll out its Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR devices to customers.

LiDAR has more accuracy and precision in detecting objects and mapping than other solutions such as RADAR and RGB cameras. It is also more immune to interference. This makes it ideal for enabling autonomous driving, as well as within logistics - such as conveyor belts and autonomous cranes. However, LiDAR devices have previously been too large, expensive or difficult to produce to be practical alternatives.

By using photonic chips, which use light instead of electrons to transfer information in microchips, Scantinel has developed its groundbreaking FMCW LiDAR solution which has the power, affordability and mass production scalability to enable LiDAR to have broad application across industry and mobility. The technology delivers a detection range beyond 300m with superior resolution and solid-state scanning. Scantinel has signed a number of partnerships with major global automotive, mobility and industrial companies.

The investment by PhotonDelta marks another step in its mission to build a European photonics ecosystem. In April PhotonDelta secured €1.1 billion in public and private investment to scale up production, build 200 startups, create new applications for photonic chips and develop infrastructure and talent.

Andy Zott, Managing Director and Co-founder of Scantinel, said: “We see a great value having PhotonDelta as an additional investor and we are looking forward to maximizing the collaborations and benefits from PhotonDelta’s leading integrated photonics ecosystem.”

Ewit Roos, CEO of PhotonDelta, said: “Photonic chips are a next generation chip technology which will bring new innovations like FMCW LiDAR on CHIP to life and we are excited to ride along this journey with Scantinel. We see the investment in Scantinel as a perfect fit to grow and strengthen our photonics ecosystem.”

Dr. Michael Richter, Managing Director of Scantinel, said: “The investments from our existing investors ZEISS Ventures and Scania Growth Capital, along with our new investor PhotonDelta will accelerate our product development together with our customers and partners.”

About Scantinel Photonics GmbH

Founded in 2019 and based in Ulm, Germany, Scantinel Photonics GmbH is a leading FMCW sensing technology company offering next-generation LiDAR solutions for autonomous mobility. Scantinel is backed by ZEISS Ventures, Scania Growth Capital and PhotonDelta.

About PhotonDelta

PhotonDelta is an ecosystem that researches, designs, develops, and manufactures solutions with integrated photonics technology. Connecting pioneers in the field with investors, and viable markets, PhotonDelta helps to take the industry forward with funding, investments and R&D roadmaps. PhotonDelta is located in the Netherlands but connects and collaborates throughout Europe. www.photondelta.com

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Scantinel Photonics has been awarded Platinum Honoree by 2022 Innovators Awards from Laser Focus World

Ulm, Germany, August 19, 2022 – Scantinel Photonics, leading FMCW sensing technology company in Ulm, Germany announced today that its Photonic Integrated FMCW LiDAR Sensing Module was recognized among the best by the 2022 Laser Focus World Innovators Awards. An esteemed and experienced panel of judges from the optics and photonics community recognized Scantinel Photonics as a Platinum honoree, the highest level to recognizes a superb innovation.

On behalf of the Laser Focus World Innovators Awards, I would like to congratulate Scantinel Photonics on their Platinum honoree. This competitive program allows Laser Focus World to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products impacting the photonics community this year.

Peter Fretty, Editor-in-Chief, Laser Focus Word

Scantinel Photonics is devoted in the development of next-generation solid-state FMCW sensing, focusing on using its proprietary FMCW technology to provide new dimensions of data information, and is committed to applying FMCW LiDAR distance and velocity measurement technology to autonomous mobility applications.

Scantinel’s FMCW sensing approach adopts a wavelength of 1550 nanometers (meeting high standards for human eye safety), is equipped with a solid-state Optical Enhanced Array (OEA™) scanning system and provides a detection range of more than 300 meters at a very competitive cost target.

Scantinel Photonic Integrated FMCW LiDAR Sensing Module

Scantinel’s FMCW LiDAR technology offers significant benefits over legacy ToF LiDAR:

2022 Innovators Awards: Meet the winners


About Laser Focus World

Published since 1965, Laser Focus World has become the most trusted global resource for engineers, researchers, scientists, and technical professionals by providing comprehensive coverage of photonics technologies, applications, and markets. Laser Focus World reports on and analyzes the latest developments and significant trends in both the technology and business of photonics worldwide — and offers greater technical depth than any other publication in the field.

About Scantinel Photonics GmbH

Founded in 2019 and based in Ulm, Germany, Scantinel Photonics GmbH is a leading FMCW sensing technology company offering next-generation LiDAR solutions for autonomous mobility. Scantinel is backed by ZEISS Ventures and Scania Growth Capital.

Scantinel was invited by CIIPA (China International Investment Promotion Agency - Germany) and presented “Next Generation Photonic Integrated FMCW Sensing Technology” by Dr. Michael Richter - Managing Director of Scantinel at CAR Symposium Bochum on 01.06.2022.

You can find the press coverage from CIIPA below (in German).


Autonomous driving is one of the major automotive topics. What was still a dream of the future a decade ago is now within reach. In order to make this vision a reality, vehicles are equipped with many different sensors and systems. LiDAR is considered as a critical sensor and photonic integrated FMCW sensing is surfacing as the key enabling technology to make this happen.

You can find the answers in our article below (in German).


Faster, lighter, more durable, and, at the end of the day, even cheaper: the advantages of photonic circuits are considerable, for a wide range of applications. The Netherlands plays an important role in the global development and applications of this key technology. In recent years, under the leadership of PhotonDelta, a solid foundation has been laid under the Dutch photonics ecosystem. In a seven-part series, Innovation Origins shows where we stand, where the ambitions lie, and what is already possible. Today: mobility.

Ulm, Germany, March 14, 2022 – As we enter a world of increasing automation and electrification in cars, robots, and transport infrastructure, concepts such as safety and reliability take on new meaning. Sensors play a decisive role in this, but as we need more and more of them, their impact on weight, energy consumption, and the price is increasing very rapidly. The solution lies in integrated photonics. By integrating multiple optical functionalities into a single chip, integrated photonics engineering can create the solutions needed for monitoring systems and for lidar. These photonic chips are accurate, cost-effective and so small that even their weight is no longer a factor.

Photonics is similar to electronics. However, instead of electrons, it uses photons (light) to transmit information. Photonic technology detects, generates, transports, and processes light. Current applications include solar cells, sensors, and fiber-optic networks. Photonic chips, officially called Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), integrate various photonic and often electronic functions into a microchip to make smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient devices. Because they are manufactured like traditional chips (with wafer-scale technology), mass production is also within reach - with price drop as a result.

In the automotive sector, all applications with integrated photonics revolve around advanced sensors. In this, you have 2 main groups: lidar and fiber optic sensors with FBG technology. The latter can measure force, pressure, temperature, and voltage simultaneously. A single fiber can be used to measure many different locations in a vehicle, significantly reducing weight, wiring, and the number of sensors.

Integrated photonics could therefore make cars much safer in the years to come. Systems with cameras, radar, and lidar will virtually eliminate the possibility of a collision with an object in the future. The great breakthrough of fully autonomous driving may still seem a long way off, but that does not mean that researchers in this sector are not making progress. Moreover, it's not just about autonomous driving. Sensors supported by PICs are also used, for example, in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) or for monitoring critical components of an electric car (powertrain, chassis, etc.).

PICs are thus essential to the automotive industry. At imec in the Holst Centre - in the middle of the Eindhoven High Tech Campus - Guido Dolmans is investigating the application of integrated photonics in the automotive sector. "We are looking at depth sensors. There are three types: cameras, radar, and lidar. A camera has limitations during the night, radar often gives an unclear image because of its lower resolution. Lidar, on the other hand, because it works with light, is very precise with good depth images. Ultimately, it's about sensor fusion, the combination of information from the different sensors to make the right decisions." Lidar uses a laser beam to scan the environment; the return signal provides precise information about distance and speed.

The more sensors used, the more accurate vehicles can drive autonomously. But also: the more expensive the system. Dolmans: "At the starting level, there are four sensors, three cameras, and a radar. That system costs $150. At the next level, with six cameras, four radars, and a lidar, it's already 2,000 dollars. The highest level is not yet available, also because it is very expensive: $10,000. Then you would use two or more lidars. This level only becomes affordable if we can reduce the cost of the chips. Photonics is the key here."

Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW), the newest form of lidar, has the future, says Dolmans. That's why current research at imec focuses on this. "FMCW can very quickly detect the position of one's own car in relation to another object. If that is a stationary object and you are approaching at high speed, then detection in milliseconds is very nice." To make affordable solutions based on FMCW lidar systems, the all-optical functions must be integrated into a single silicon chip. With PICs, that all becomes more accurate, more robust, and cheaper.

Key Enabling Technology

In Germany, Scantinel Photonics is engaged in FMCW. The company originated as a spinoff from Zeiss, a producer of optical technology. Andy Zott is managing director at Scantinel: "FMCW continuously emits laser beams, and coherently combines the reflected light with a local copy of the laser beam. As a result, this system has less interference, can cover longer distances of up to at least 200 meters, and is less sensitive to sunlight than existing lidar. We use a wavelength of 1550 nanometers which provides better visibility results in fog, rain, and snow. Older forms of lidar, such as Time of Flight, measure the reflex of objects, and so are easily disturbed by raindrops or snowflakes. FMCW makes a recording of the entire distance. As a result, rain is detected, but less predominantly: not as a reflection but as noise. As a result, FMCW provides the motorist with an accurate sight in all weather conditions."

Zeiss began researching lidar in 2016. In 2019, this research was transferred to Scantinel, Andy Zott explains. "The automotive sector sees FMCW as a key technology because it is important for autonomous driving. Photonics can reduce costs, so it becomes interesting for the industry. I expect autonomous driving to be possible in Europe sometime between 2026 and 2028, and I'm thinking especially of trucks. Autonomous highway pilots, supported by FMCW lidar, will be one of the first commercial use cases for photonic integrated lidar."

Huge Transition

Cost is the deciding factor in the automotive industry. If anyone knows that, it's Bram Hendrix, manager of smart mobility at RAI Association. "I sometimes get asked about the use of cameras, radar or lidar in cars: which of these three will be the winner? But it's not as simple as that: it will be a combination of all three and ultimately it's about the price. Because don't forget: around 80 million passenger cars are built worldwide every year. A mass application of any innovation will only succeed if it is not too expensive. That's why the Netherlands must continue to invest in the application of integrated photonics in the automotive sector."

The holy grail in the automotive sector is autonomous driving. The application of photonics - essential in the use of lidar - brings that goal unmistakably closer. The tantalizing question is, therefore: when will we see large numbers of cars on the road without the interference of a driver? Bram Hendrix: "That will take some time. Autonomous driving was the hype in the car industry a few years ago. But the sector is in a huge transition. Big companies are investing billions in the conversion from internal combustion engines to electric engines. If they don't do so and drastically reduce CO2 emissions, politicians will impose sky-high fines. As a result, autonomous driving is not the top priority for the auto industry for a while."

Therefore, fully autonomous driving will certainly not make its appearance on the consumer market for the next ten years, Hendrix expects. He sees more opportunities in trucks within two or three years: "The life cycle for trucks is shorter than that of passenger cars. That is why innovation in trucks goes faster. I also foresee industrial applications, such as autonomous forklift trucks, and applications in agriculture. Wherever there are closed environments, with not too many people, autonomous driving will make its appearance more quickly."

About Scantinel Photonics GmbH

Founded in 2019 and based in Ulm, Germany, Scantinel Photonics GmbH is a leading FMCW LiDAR company offering next-generation LiDAR technology for autonomous vehicles. Scantinel is backed by ZEISS Ventures and Scania Growth Capital.

Ulm, Germany, March 10, 2022 – Scantinel Photonics, a global leading FMCW LiDAR company, demonstrates the world first full solid state parallelized FMCW 5D+ LiDAR system based on Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC).

Light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology has gained huge popularity in various applications such as navigation, robotics, remote sensing, and advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous mobility.

Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR is the key enabler for long range (>300m) measurements and enables direct velocity measurement in every pixel, which is not possible for ToF (Time of Flight) systems. The 5D+ full solid-state scanning measures the three-dimensional vector, velocity, reflectivity, and Meta information and has superior robustness and scanning rate potential. Mechanical moving scanning parts shall be reduced as much as possible and finally eliminated considering its fatigue-prone nature to meet the stringent automotive grade in an optimal way.

World first full solid state parallelized FMCW 5D+ PIC

Our unique FMCW full solid state photonic chip development is truly a groundbreaking work and takes LiDAR development to the next level

Vladimir Davydenko, Co-Founder and Head of Photonics Technology Development
2D full solid state scanning

Furthermore, FMCW LiDAR based on Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) presents tremendous cost reduction potentials. Scantinel Photonics CMOS (Complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) compatible technologies allow highly scalable manufacturing ability to significantly reduce the unit cost.

"The first LiDAR demonstrator based on 5D+ full solid state will be available by mid of this year” added Dr. Michael Richter – Managing Director of Scantinel Photonics. “The ultimate goal in the automotive sector is autonomous driving. Our FMCW LiDAR technology brings us closer to that goal.”

About Scantinel Photonics GmbH

Founded in 2019 and based in Ulm, Germany, Scantinel Photonics GmbH is a leading FMCW LiDAR company offering next-generation LiDAR technology for autonomous vehicles. Scantinel is backed by ZEISS Ventures and Scania Growth Capital.

Scantinel Photonics discusses about FMCW LiDAR on the "Future of Mobility" Podcast Show

Ulm, Germany, March 08, 2022 – Scantinel Photonics' Managing Director Dr. Michael Richter recently sat with FEV's Brandon Bartneck to discuss the evolving FMCW LiDAR on the "Future of Mobility" Podcast Show.

Key topics in this conversation include:

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About Future of Mobility:

The Future of Mobility podcast is focused on the development and implementation of safe, sustainable, and equitable mobility solutions, with a spotlight on the people and technology advancing these fields.

Michael’s Bio:

Dr. Michael Richter is Scantinel’s Commercial Managing Director in charge of strategy, finance, investor relations, and sales & marketing. He has a long-lasting senior international management background in the semiconductor, sensor and high-tech industry with a successful history of formulating and implementing sustainable business plans, organizations, and techniques. Michael holds a Doctoral and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from University of Siegen in Germany.

About Scantinel Photonics GmbH

Founded in 2019 and based in Ulm, Germany, Scantinel Photonics GmbH is a leading FMCW LiDAR company offering next-generation LiDAR technology for autonomous vehicles. Scantinel is backed by ZEISS Ventures and Scania Growth Capital.

Scantinel Photonics has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2021 Best Practices Technology Innovation Leadership Award

Ulm, Germany, August 30, 2021 – Scantinel Photonics, a German start-up and ZEISS Ventures spin-off that has developed a light detection and ranging (LiDAR) system based on future technology photonics, has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2021 Best Practices Technology Innovation Leadership Award. Frost & Sullivan, the global consulting, market research, and analysis firm, continually identifies and evaluates companies and growth opportunities in various industries, technologies, and regions worldwide. Scantinel's approach using frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) LiDAR sensors for obstacle detection and avoidance, object detection and tracking, and simultaneous localization and mapping is considered a game changer and a key component in autonomous driving. The company is regarded as a pioneer in the field of photonic integrated circuits (PIC)-based FMCW LiDAR systems.

Frost & Sullivan recognizes that with the photonic-integrated coherent FMCW LiDAR, Scantinel Photonics stands out from its peers, because it will eventually usher in a new generation of LiDAR sensing

Varun Babu, Industry Analyst, TechVision

Autonomous driving cars, robot taxis, and unmanned industrial vehicles can use LiDAR sensors to detect objects at a distance of up to 300 meters, even under difficult environmental conditions, such as fog, snow, and dust. FMCW LiDAR will facilitate the breakthrough in autonomous driving and, according to experts, will completely force the currently used Time of Flight (TOF) LiDAR systems out of the market. Scantinel has received this Frost & Sullivan award because its solution sets it apart from competitors. The German start-up is working on next-generation sensors that are technologically advanced and highly integrable. Moreover, these sensors will be produced in volume at a competitive price, which is a key industry criterion, especially in the automotive industry.

In addition to recognizing the impact that the solution will have on future technology, Frost & Sullivan commends Scantinel’s industry-proven management team and the technical competence of the developers. Frost & Sullivan analysts have rated the backing from ZEISS Ventures and Scania Growth Capital, in Series A financing, as a success factor that will contribute to a promising economic future.

"Frost & Sullivan recognizes that with the photonic-integrated coherent FMCW LiDAR, Scantinel Photonics stands out from its peers because it will eventually usher in a new generation of LiDAR sensing with enhanced competencies," says Varun Babu, Industry Analyst, TechVision.

"We are very honored by this award and appreciate the quality of Frost & Sullivan's analysis," said Dr. Michael Richter, Commercial Managing Director of Scantinel. “Photonics is one of the most innovative high-tech industries and contributes significantly to the technological development and solutions for autonomous driving. The award represents even more motivation for us, confirming that with our LiDAR System we are excelling in our part towards safe future mobility."

About Scantinel Photonics GmbH

Founded in 2019 and based in Ulm, Germany, Scantinel Photonics GmbH is a leading FMCW LiDAR company offering next-generation LiDAR technology for autonomous vehicles. Scantinel is backed by ZEISS Ventures and Scania Growth Capital.

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