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Socionext unveils next-generation radar sensors

Socionext, a leading provider of advanced SoC solutions, has introduced a new set of radio-wave ranging sensors providing sensitive, low-power sensor technology for a broad range of smart home and IoT devices.

The compact, low-cost SC1230 Series includes two products that can detect the location and movement of individuals with ultra-high degrees of sensitivity. The SC1232AR3 measures the presence and the distance of an object, while the SC1233AR3 adds the ability to detect direction.

The two sensor options provide total flexibility for customers worldwide. Both are available now in samples, with volume production scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

Incorporating basic signal processing functions into the sensor device reduces the number of external components, and makes it easier to use without specialised knowledge in signal processing. With a built-in antenna in a compact package of 9mm x 9mm operating at 0.5 mW, the SC1232 and SC1233 can be installed anywhere using battery power.

Radar sensors such as the SC1230 series can detect location and movement of persons without recording images or sounds. They are useful for developing new services and functions based on information about “human behaviour,” while also addressing privacy concerns.

Radar sensor works without camera for presence detection, thus offering anonymity. Additionally, it can operate behind non-metallic surfaces, walls or plastic housing and generate behavioural data such as movement, direction and distance. In comparison with conventional radar sensors, the SC1230 require no advanced knowledge to implement. They are also smaller, far less power-hungry and easier to install in home appliances.

The SC1230 lineup fits into the new generation of technological devices in which digital transformation (DX) is taking centre stage and delivering seamless integration between the physical and the digital world.

The major elements for digital transformation involve highly sensitive, compact, low-cost, and low power sensing technology, which can be implemented to various IoT devices.

Neil Tyler

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