Infineon reaches a new milestone of shipping ten millionth high-frequency radar chip for cars. The new landmark achieved by Infineon makes them the global market leader in 77GHz chips, which is the standard frequency range for radar applications such as adaptive cruise control and collision warning, according to the market research firm IHS Technology. Strategy Analytics, a research firm, estimates that in the next five years, applications such as distance warning systems and automatic emergency braking will grow by more than 25 per cent annually.
Highlighting on the working of the radar technology the press release states, “A vehicle driver assistance radar system sends out radio-frequency electromagnetic waves, which are reflected back by vehicles or other objects ahead. Radar chips of Infineon send and receive these high-frequency signals and passes them on to the radar electronic control unit (ECU). The radar ECU then determines the distance of the car to other vehicles and their speed in order to warn the driver in good time and to initiate the braking maneuver in case of emergency.”
Apart from premium and luxury vehicles, the 77GHz radar chip from Infineon will also power the mid sizes compact cars, as stated in the release. According to the press release, “Even in poor visibility situations, radar chips in the 77-GHz range make it possible for vehicles to recognise other road users at a distance of up to 250 meters (approx. 275 yards). This allows a car to indicate a hazardous traffic situation in time and brake automatically. In addition to 77GHz radar chips for active safety systems, Infineon also offers radar chips in the 24GHz frequency range for distances up to 100 meters (approx. 110 yards). 24-GHz radar chips are most often used to monitor the blind spot. With them, the radar system alerts drivers to vehicles behind them when passing or changing lanes. When parking, the radar detects cross-traffic in the rear and prevents collisions.”
On reaching the milestone of shipping ten millionth high-frequency radar chip, Jochen Hanebeck, President of the Automotive division at Infineon Technologies AG said, “Our chips make driver assistance systems increasingly accurate and more cost-effective. Radar based driver assistance systems using Infineon chips now are becoming the standard in mid-range and compact cars. They are an important growth market for Infineon. Our high system knowledge and close cooperation with leading system suppliers and car manufacturers around the world are key elements to our success.”