Empowering Innovation from Vehicles to Industries by mmWave Radar Sensors

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mmWave sensors enable innovation in automotive and industrial applications including vehicle occupancy detection, people counting in buildings, machines and human interaction and much more.

One year after introducing the millimeter wave (mmWave) single-chip complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor, Texas Instruments announces the mass production of its integrated, ultra-wideband AWR1642 and IWR1642 mmWave sensors and can support frequencies from 76 to 81 GHz.

mmWave sensors making the vehicles safer and smarter

Engineers around the world are using mmWave radar sensors, which will first appear in vehicles on the road in late 2018, to enable new advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications. It will not only include long, short and medium-range radar, but will also help in making the car smarter and safer. Expanding outside of ADAS, engineers are using the automotive-qualified AWR1642 sensor to detect free space and obstacles near doors and trunks, occupancy detection inside the cabin, intruder alert and smarter automated parking.

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Apart from providing single-chip CMOS sensor, It also offers a common software development kit (SDK) and design resources to help speed development time. Such as the Vehicle Occupant Detection Reference Design provides a system-level overview and software examples for using the AWR1642 sensor to detect people inside a vehicle.

mmWave sensors can streamline industrial applications

Moving beyond automotive, engineers across the variety of industrial sectors are rapidly innovating. With new applications emerging daily, customers are using the sensors to create more intelligent and efficient cities, buildings and machines. With its small form factor and high resolution, the sensor is designed to enable a smarter world and is supported by design resources to help engineers quickly bring their smart systems to reality.

Designers can use the People Counting and Tracking Reference Design using mmWave radar sensor to improve building automation. By monitoring both the large and small movements of people through the collection range, velocity and angle data, designers can enable more intelligent building systems, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, elevators etc.

The Traffic Monitoring Object Detection and Tracking Reference Design using mmWave radar sensor for smart cities tracks vehicle and machine movement with a sensor-equipped intelligent transportation system on the road, in the factory or on the farm. These sensors can streamline everything from parking meters and traffic lights to agriculture and construction equipment and incident management.

Designers can use mmWave sensors in machines on the production line to sense and avoid obstacles or detect and recognize hand gestures through the collection of range, velocity and angle data, revolutionising human and machine interactions.

 

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