Mixed Signal ASIC

LiDAR ASIC and its Environmental Applications

LiDAR or Light Detection and Ranging technique uses light for remote sensing of the outdoors. Also referred to as laser radar, LiDAR ASIC is now used as an environment sensing technique, tracking changes in the environment in locations that are hard to navigate by foot or too large to be self measured .

LiDAR can be used in different environmental conditions, including in the dark and cloudy areas. Although LiDAR technology was first developed in the 1990s, environmental uses have only been available since 2005.

With LiDAR’s many uses, its ability to track changes can save thousands if not millions of lives during natural disasters.

Topographic LiDAR examines and maps land through near-infrared lasers while bathymetric LiDAR measures seafloor and riverbed elevations using water-penetrating green light.

Common uses of LiDAR


  • LiDAR technology helps with forest mapping, inventory, research, treatment, and restoration. Detailed Surface Modeling(DSM’s) digital elevation products work with forest planning and management.
  • LiDAR technique is a proven method to study and monitor forest fire patterns. This allows fire departments to guestimate the next forest fire.
  • This technology helps better understand forest structure and density, leading to more accurate forest inventory.
  • LiDAR gives accurate information for land as well as ecological classification.


  • LiDAR ASIC measures coastline topography; above and below the water surface as deep as 3 times the visible depth.
  • The Light and Detection Ranging technology helps with map creation, the monitoring of sediment erosion, deposition, and dredge disposal.
  • LiDAR also measures beach storm response.
  • This approach proves effective in providing accurate data for safe marine navigation, seafloor mapping, shoreline mapping, and shallow water mapping.

Disaster Awareness and Preparedness

  • LiDAR can help residents in hurricane prone areas to determine if residential structures have enough elevation to withstand storms. It helps predict how a disaster may affect an area.
  • It used in climate monitoring.


  • LiDAR ASIC measures particles in the atmosphere. Some studies even use this technology to measure pollutants in the air.

LiDAR is useful for many environmental applications including agriculture, mining, and river surveys. LiDAR systems allow mapping professionals, and scientists in the ecological field to examine the environment thoroughly and accurately.

Its high resolution is making it easier for environmental scientists to gather data precisely, accurately, and with high efficiency.

LiDAR ASIC technology minimizes the impact of natural disasters, streamline data acquisition, and preserve the environment and saves resources.

Most of all, LiDAR saves lives by spreading awareness of the severity of natural disasters.

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