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January 5, 2018

NXP expands radar portfolio for automotive applications

NXP Semiconductors has announced the latest addition to its 77GHz radar portfolio - the NXP MR3003 Radar Transceiver developed for front or corner radar applications in automated driving.

NXP Semiconductors has announced the latest addition to its 77GHz radar portfolio – the NXP MR3003 Radar Transceiver developed for front or corner radar applications in automated driving.

The new range of NXP system components enables carmakers to match their requirements to true system solutions, including high performance imaging radar sensing. At CES 2018, NXP and its partners will demonstrate a range of radar applications to enable broadening the role of radar in future cars.

The rise of automated driving changes the landscape for radar. The increased demand for both front view and 360-degree surround view sensing has led automakers to search for the best RF performance, power consumption and sensor size based on the specifics of the application and the in-vehicle location.

NXP maintains its suite of radar transceivers completes the industry’s only radar portfolio based on both BiCMOS and advanced RFCMOS process technologies, to match carmaker requirements with a complete system solution.

Complemented by the NXP S32R automotive radar processing platform, networking ICs and power management solutions, the NXP radar portfolio enables automakers to develop systems ranging from small, compact radar sensors through high resolution imaging radar sensing applications, enabling broad penetration of radar across the full range of car models.

It is estimated more than 50% of all car radar modules shipped in 2017 have utilised NXP radar technology.

“The MR3003 radar transceiver delivers superior RF output power, low noise and multi-channel operation to enable radar sensors with increased range and improved resolution,” said NXP VP and GM Product Line ADAS Modems, Patrick Morgan.

“By implementing high performance products in both SiGe BiCMOS and RFCMOS technologies, NXP offers a unique and broad radar product portfolio that enables automakers to meet radar requirements across the full range of car models.”

At CES 2018, NXP and its partners will highlight two scenarios enabling broad applications for automotive radar sensors:

A high-resolution imaging radar sensor concept is based on a 12 channel TX and 16 channel RX design. Using multiple MR3003 radar transceivers connected inside a single radar sensor, the demonstration will highlight RF performance requirements, including high output power, low noise and scalability required to achieve high resolution imaging radar sensing.

Capable of tracking thousands of targets simultaneously, this radar scenario enables real-time sensing of the surrounding environment, essential for level 4 and level 5 autonomous driving.

A scalable radar platform to cover long-, mid- and short-range radar requirements. Using a single NXP TEF81x RFCMOS radar transceiver along with the S32R274 processor, the demonstration will highlight the high performance, ultra-compact design and low power consumption enabling up to 12-20 radar sensors to be connected together around the car.

The NXP radar portfolio  includes radar transceivers, micro controllers, power management ICs and networking ICs.

Features of MR3003 radar transceiver:

  • Output power and low noise figure allows for short or long detection range
  • Low phase noise and linearity enables superior separation of objects
  • Three TX channels with precise phase rotators allows each channel to transmit independently for detection of multiple targets simultaneously including beam steering
  • Transceiver cascading options enabling multiple transceivers to be connected together inside a single radar sensor, enabling high resolution multi-channel imaging radar applications and real-time environmental mapping

The MR3003 and TEF810x radar transceivers are sampling now with production release in 2018.

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