Coherent leverages a powerful range of compound semiconductor technology platforms to address rapidly growing applications in consumer electronics and automotive. For example, our semiconductor lasers are embedded in the front of smartphones to securely unlock them through facial biometric measurements. Semiconductor lasers are also found on the back of the phone to scan surroundings for emerging augmented reality applications.
There is growing interest in leveraging such capabilities in similar applications in automotive, such as monitoring driver alertness and responding to activity surrounding the car. Meanwhile, power electronics based on silicon carbide offer a unique benefit to electric vehicles, enabling EVs to increase their driving range by up to 10% or use batteries that are 10% smaller. Coherent’s customers are increasingly turning to us as the demand grows for innovative components for the electronics industry.