How to choose the right VCSEL chip?

Written by LEMON Photonics April 02, 2024

How to choose the right VCSEL chip?

With the rapid development of science and technology, VCSEL chips are widely used in various fields. Such as optical communication, sensing or laser illuminator, VCSEL chips play an indispensable role. However, threre are large number of VCSEL chip products on the market, how to choose a suitable chip has become a challenge for many engineers and technicians. This article is about to how to choose the right VCSEL chip from the aspects of performance, reliability, cost and supplier.

1. Performance is the primary consideration when choosing a VCSEL chip.

The performance parameters include wavelength, output power and modulation rate. Wavelength is one of the important characteristics of VCSEL chips, which determines the applicability of the chip in a specific application. For example, in the field of face recognition and 3D sensing, it is often necessary to use VCSEL chips with specific wavelengths. In addition, the output power and modulation rate are also key factors affecting the chip performance. According to the application requirements, we need to choose a chip with sufficient output power and modulation rate to ensure the stability and efficiency of the system.

Wavelength: Select the appropriate wavelength according to the application requirements. Different wavelengths may be suitable for different sensing, communication or lighting tasks.

Optical power: Determine the required output power range to meet specific application requirements, such as distance measurement, face recognition, etc.

Modulation rate: For applications requiring high-speed data transmission, it is critical to select a VCSEL chip with a high modulation rate.

Package: According TO the system requirements, select the appropriate package form, such as bare chip, TO package, etc.

Integration: Consider the integration of the VCSEL chip with other components (such as drive circuits, optical components, etc.) to simplify system design and improve performance.

2. Reliability is a factor that cannot be ignored when choosing VCSEL chips.
Reliability is related to the life and temperature stability of the chip. A good VCSEL chip should have a long service life and be able to operate stably under various environmental conditions. In addition, temperature stability is also an important indicator to measure the reliability of the chip. Some high-quality VCSEL chips are able to maintain consistent performance under extreme temperature conditions, which is critical for some applications that need to operate in hot or cold environments.

Lifetime: Consider the expected life of the VCSEL chip to ensure that it can meet the long-term stable operation requirements of the system.

Temperature stability: Select VCSEL chips that can work stably under different temperature conditions to adapt to various environments.

3. Cost is also an important factor to consider when choosing a VCSEL chip

In addition to performance and reliability, cost is also an important factor to consider when choosing a VCSEL chip. Different VCSEL chips can have large differences in price, so we need to make trade-offs based on budget and application needs. Under the premise of meeting performance requirements, we can choose cost-effective chip products to reduce costs and improve economic efficiency.

4. Choosing a reputable and attentive supplier is also key to ensuring the quality of VCSEL chips. Excellent suppliers are usually able to provide stable product supply, professional technical support and perfect after-sales service. When selecting a supplier, we can consider its historical performance, customer evaluation and product certification to ensure that the selected VCSEL chip has reliable quality and performance.

Choosing the right VCSEL chip needs to consider the performance, reliability, cost and supplier. In practical applications, we can formulate detailed selection schemes according to specific needs and application scenarios, and carry out adequate testing and verification to ensure that the selected chip can meet the requirements of the system and achieve the best performance. Through the scientific selection method and rigorous test process, we can choose the right VCSEL chip for various applications, and promote the progress and development of science and technology.

LEMON Photonics was founded in 2018 and focus on the industrialization of high performance VCSEL, HCSEL, EEL laser chips, modules and solutions. The core team has about 20 years full stack product experience of advanced laser chip research and development, package test and module design. The global mature supply chain is ensure 6-inch wafer monthly production capacity of more than 2000pcs. In 2021, the quantity of VCSEL chips has reached over 1kk, and the spot and line laser modules have also been mass produced. LEMON Photonics have been certified by ISO9001, National High-tech Enterprises ect.