X2 Portfolio Companies – trilumina

Year invested

Country (HQ)
United States

X2 sector
Advanced components

Company description

TriLumina Corporation delivers industry-leading VCSEL illumination products for LiDAR and 3D sensing systems in automotive, industrial and consumer markets. The Company’s patented innovations in VCSEL technology are designed into Time-of-Flight, Long Range LiDAR, and scanning LiDAR systems.

TriLumina’s solutions for 3D-sensing and LiDAR1) enable rapid development across a range of emerging applications — from AR/VR, 3D-sensing, autonomous vehicles, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) and beyond. TriLumina is the first company to achieve automotive Grade-1 temperature range AEC-Q102 qualification of VCSEL products, and the only company with flip-chip VCSEL-on-Board technology for mobile phone 3D sensing cameras.

As the industry’s preferred platform, TriLumina enables broad LiDAR deployment by focusing on delivering cost effective, reliable and qualified VCSEL LiDAR illumination modules to Tier-1 and LiDAR system customers. TriLumina’s VCSEL LiDAR technology is shipping into scanning and solid-sate ToF (time-of-flight), Flash, and imaging LiDAR systems.

In 2019, TriLumina received the following achievements:

  • The first company to achieve automotive Grade 1 temperature range AEC-Q102 qualification of VCSEL products.
  • The only company with patented flip-chip VCSEL-on-Board technology for mobile phone 3D sensing cameras and automotive in-cabin monitoring.
  • TriLumina started production shipments to customers in 2H2019

TriLumina’s VCSEL laser array technologies continue to evolve with advances in design and applications that are driving tomorrow’s laser-assisted autonomous and 3D-sensing technologies.

X2 partnered with TriLumina in 2019 during a B-series financing round.

1) LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging),
Time of Flight measurement. Detection principle: A very short laser pulse travels from the LiDAR sensor to an object and back. The sensor measures the travelling time of the laser pulse and determines the distance of the object. From self-driving autonomous vehicles to automated robots in connected factories (Industry 4.0), LiDAR can be used to measure the distance to a target by illuminating the target with a laser light and measuring the reflected light with a sensor and thereby creating a 3D map for the application to operate.