NXP unveils a complete suite of radar sensor solutions delivering vehicle safety

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NXP Semiconductor has announced a complete suite of radar sensor chipset solutions that can surround vehicles in a 360-degree safety cocoon and enable the identification and classification capabilities of imaging radar.

The solutions comprise of NXP radar processors and 77GHz transceivers, and offer carmakers a number of different configurations that are able to address NCAP requirements for corner and front radar applications while offering 4D imaging radar’s first commercially viable path to volume production. 4D imaging radar expands radar’s capabilities from measuring range and speed to include direction, angle of arrival, and elevation measurement.

Radar is a core advanced driving assistance (ADAS) technology for both traditional carmakers focused on automated driving levels 1-3 and for mobility as service innovators developing robotaxi and safe delivery applications for levels 4 and 5 automation.

NXP’s new suite of radar sensing solutions meet both scenarios and provide a dedicated and optimised approach with critical scalability and design re-use to help carmakers address the needs of diverse brand and model portfolios. This flexibility will enable performance tailoring for the appropriate use case, reduce R&D effort and help speed up time to market.

Imaging radar is a technology that significantly enhances radar’s performance and delivers multi-modal capabilities and extends available L2+ features, by offering super-resolution images for precise environmental mapping and scene understanding. This enhanced “understanding” is an important part of enabling full autonomy in complex urban settings.

The combination of NXP’s purpose-built S32R45 radar processor and the TEF82xx transceivers delivers finer angular resolution, processing power and range required to not only distinguish between small objects in the distance, but also to accurately separate and classify vehicles and vulnerable road users like cyclists or pedestrians in crowded environments.

Targeting cost-effective and small footprint NCAP corner radar requirements for high volume vehicle production, the NXP solution also provides scalability for long-range front radar and advanced multi-mode use cases like simultaneous blind-spot detection, lane change assistance and elevation sensing. These advanced applications require extended range and significantly enhanced angular resolution for detecting and clearly separating multiple objects simultaneously and provide the ability to surround the car in a 360-degree safety cocoon. NXP’s S32R294 radar processors combined with its TEF82xx transceivers provide a scalable solution that helps carmakers address both NCAP and advanced corner radar as well as long-range front radar sensor requirements in an effective way, while allowing tailoring for individual use cases.

“Radar has evolved from just detecting other cars’ velocity and distance to providing imaging radar’s high-resolution object and feature detection for precisely mapping the car’s surroundings,” said Torsten Lehmann, EVP and GM, Radio Frequency Processing, NXP. “Our new radar sensor solutions can help customers cover NCAP requirements to make driving safe, and also address the frontier of ADAS sensing on the path towards fully autonomous vehicles.”

NXP Radar Sensor Solutions are built on market-leading and volume-proven 16nm FinFET and 40nm RFCMOS technology.