mmWave RADAR Technology

mmWave RADAR Modules based on single-chip millimeter wave radar (mmWave technology) from Texas Instruments – enabling intelligent and autonomous decision making at the edge! Based on the 77GHz and 60GHz TI mmWave RADAR chipsets enabling Automotive, Machine Vision, Remote Sensing, Safety, Industrial and Smart City Applications.

INTRODUCTION:

The millimeter wave RADAR is an extremely valuable sensing technology ideal for detection of objects and providing information on range, velocity and angle of these objects. millimeter wave radar  (mmWave Technology) uses a contactless technology which operates in the spectrum between 30GHz and 300GHz.

Since the millimeter wave radar (mmWave Technology) uses small wavelengths, it can provide sub-mm range accuracy and is able to penetrate materials such as plastic, drywall, clothing, and is impervious to environmental conditions like rain, fog, dust and snow.

Mistral’s range of TI millimeter wave radar (mmWave technology) solutions are based on Texas Instruments family of mmWave Technology, aka, AWR mmWave RADAR sensors for automotive and IWR millimeter wave radar sensors for industrial, drones and medical applications. The diagrams below show the various Automotive and Industrial applications that the various mmWave RADAR Modules from Mistral can be used for.

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OVERVIEW:

The Industrial (60GHz) TI mmWave RADAR on Module (RoM) with Antenna on PCB (AoPCB) from Mistral is an easy to use, compact, light-weight mmWave RADAR providing high functionality for Industrial applications. Based on Texas Instruments IWR6843 ES2.0 ultra high-resolution single chip FMCW RADAR sensor SoC, the TI mmWave RADAR on Module for Industrial applications is ideal for low power, self-calibrating, ultra-accurate RADAR systems in industrial environment.mmWave RADAR, mmWave RADAR Technology, mmWave Technology, TI mmWave RADAR, mmWave RADAR Modules

The TI mmWave RADAR  operates at frequency bands of 60-64GHz. The Industrial RADAR on module is one of the most powerful in its category currently in market and comes with advanced features such as FMCW Transceiver, DSP for Advanced Signal Processing, Hardware Accelerator (for FFT, Filtering, and CFAR Processing), ARM R4F Microcontroller, Built-in Calibration and Self-Test (address safety, aging and temperature-based variations). The mmWave RADAR module includes starterware and sample applications for common Industrial RADAR usages.

The Standalone IWR6843 ES2.0 TI mmWave RADAR module comes with Tapered 3E PCB antenna to cater to different industrial applications. The TI mmWave RADAR Module supports flexible industrial interfaces like USB, CAN, UART and SPI and can be powered via USB or Header.

Complex signal processing runs within the Module and only the processed Point Cloud RADAR data (Object’s ID, Range, Angle and Velocity) is given out over serial/CAN interfaces. In addition, raw data output is made available via LVDS ports, for debugging and development purpose. The Raw ADC data capture can also be enabled by pairing with TI’s DCA1000EVM real-time data capture adapter via the 60-pin Samtec connector. The Industrial RoM (AoPCB) comes with SDK 3.03, along with object detection and counting sample applications.

The small footprint of the millimeter wave radar module ensures that customers can design custom enclosure to suit their application. Mistral can also build and provide custom IP6x compliant enclosures based on the customer requirements.

Ordering Information

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HIGHLIGHTS:

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Small, Optimized,
Ready-to-use

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Built-in Calibration
and Self-Test

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Powered

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Flexible
Connectivity

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The Industrial mmWave RADAR on Module (AoPCB) is built around IWR6843 ES2.0 from Texas Instruments assuring long lifecycle and support.

SPECIFICATION:

  • mmWave RADAR Technology
    • FMCW Transceiver with Integrated PLL, Transmitter, Receiver, Baseband and ADC
    • 60-64GHz Coverage with 4GHz Continuous Bandwidth
    • Four Receive Channels and Three Transmit Channels
    • Built-in Calibration and Self-test
    • ARM® Cortex® R4F-Based Radio Control System
    • Hardware Accelerator for Signal Processing (FFT, Filtering and CFAR Processing)
    • C674x DSP for Advanced Signal Processing
  • Antenna Pattern: Tapered Three Elements
  • Firmware Support
    • Necessary Drivers, OSAL, mmWaveLink, mmWaveLib, mmWave API, Binary RADARSS Firmware
    • Supports TI’s SDK 3.03
    • Sample applications
      • Obstacle detection out of box demo
      • People counting
      • Collision warning
      • Vital signs monitoring
    • Chirp configuration files for
      • Ultra-Short Range, Short Range and Medium Range
    • Firmware Upgrade Support
    • Peripherals Support
      • CAN for external connectivity
      • 2 SPI Channels, 2 UARTs, I2C, GPIOs Interface Support
    • JTAG and 2-Lane LVDS Interface for Raw ADC Data and Debug (DCA1000)
    • Power: 5V @ 1.2 A (max)
    • Dimension (L x W x H): 54 x 53 x 18 mm
    • Operating Temperature Range: -40O C to 85O C

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OVERVIEW:

The 77GHz Automotive RADAR on Module (RoM) with Antenna on PCB (AoPCB) from Mistral is an easy to use, compact, light-weight RADAR that provides superior functionalities for ADAS applications. Based on Texas Instruments AWR1843 ES2.0 ultra-high-resolution single chip FMCW RADAR sensor SoC, the mmWave Automotive RADAR on Module is best suited for low power, self-calibrating, ultra-accurate RADAR systems in automotive environment.

mmWave RADAR, mmWave RADAR Technology, mmWave Technology, TI mmWave RADAR, mmWave RADAR ModulesThe Automotive RoM operates at frequency bands of 76-81GHz and is expected to one of the most powerful in its category currently in market. The module comes with advanced features such as FMCW Transceiver, DSP for advanced signal processing, Hardware Accelerator for FFT, Filtering, and CFAR processing, ARM R4F Microcontroller, built-in calibration and self-test, which will address safety, aging and temperature-based variations. The module includes starterware and a sample application for common RADAR usage.

The standalone RADAR module comes with Three Element (3E) PCB antenna. The module supports all key automotive interfaces such as CAN, CAN-FD, USB, UART & SPI and can be powered via USB or Header.

The in-built C674xDSP aids complex signal processing and the processed point cloud RADAR data such as Object ID, Range, Angle and Velocity are given out over serial/CAN interfaces. In addition, raw data output is made available via LVDS ports, for debugging and development purpose. The automotive AoPCB module comes with SDK 3.03, along with object detection application.

Mistral’s 77GHz Automotive RADAR on Module is ideal for applications such as obstacle detection, blind spot detection, parking assistance, driver vital sign monitoring, lane change assistance, cross traffic alert, vehicle occupancy detection, gesture recognition, automatic cruise control and collision warning.

HIGHLIGHTS:

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USB Powered

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DSP for Advanced Signal Processing

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Built-in Calibration and Self-Test

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Standalone small footprint

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SPECIFICATION:

Built around AWR1843 ES2.0 FMCW Sensor chip from Texas Instruments, the 77GHz Automotive RADAR on Module assures long lifecycle and product support.

  • mmWave RADAR Technology
    • FMCW Transceiver with integrated PLL, transmitter, receiver, baseband and ADC
    • 76-81GHz coverage with 4GHz available bandwidth
    • Four receive channels and three transmit channels
    • Built-in calibration and self-test
    • ARM® Cortex® R4F-based radio control system
    • Hardware accelerator for signal processing (FFT, Filtering, and CFAR Processing)
    • C674x DSP for FMCW signal processing
  • Antenna Pattern: Three Elements
  • Firmware Support
    • Necessary Drivers, OSAL, mmWaveLink, mmWaveLib, mmWave API, Binary RADARSS Firmware
    • Supports TI’s SDK 3.03
    • Sample applications
      • Obstacle detection out of box demo
    • Chirp configuration files
  • Peripherals Support
    • CAN, CAN-FD for external connectivity
    • 1 SPI Channels, 2 UARTs, I2C, GPIOs interface support
    • JTAG and 2-lane LVDS Interface for raw ADC data and debug (DCA1000)
  • Power: 5V @ 1.2 A (max)
  • Dimension (LxWxH): 53 x 49.33 x 18 mm
  • Operating Temperature Range: -40oC to 105oC

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OVERVIEW:

The 60GHz Industrial millimeter wave RADAR (mmWave  RADAR Module) with Antenna on Package from Mistral is a  low cost, ultra-compact, light-weight and easy to use module catering to wide range of industrial applications. Based on Texas Instruments IWR6843AoP ES2.0, an ultra-high-resolution single chip FMCW mmWave RADAR sensor, AoP mmWave RADAR on Module is ideal for low power, self-monitored, ultra-accurate RADAR systems in industrial environment.mmWave RADAR, mmWave RADAR Technology, mmWave Technology, TI mmWave RADAR, mmWave RADAR Modules

The highlight of the mmWave RADAR module is the IWR6843AoP ES2.0 Chipset, which comes with Integrated Antenna on Package, reducing RF PCB design challenges, product cost and footprint drastically.

The 60GHz AoP mmWave RADAR on Module operates at frequency bands of 60-64GHz. Currently, the module is one of the most powerful and highly integrated in Industrial mmWave RADAR market. The module comes with advanced features such as FMCW Transceiver, DSP for Advanced Signal Processing, Hardware Accelerator (for FFT, Filtering, and CFAR Processing), ARM R4F Microcontroller, Built-in Calibration and Self-test in a compact form factor (43.9 x 15.6 mm).

The mmWave RADAR module is powered via USB in standalone mode and delivers processed point cloud RADAR data [Object’s ID, Range, Angle and Velocity]. The AoP  mmWave RADAR  module comes with SDK 3.02 along with object detection and people counting sample applications. The mmWave RADAR on Module comes with a robust Mechanical enclosure that facilitates easy mounting to end product.

As the AoP RADAR on Module is built around IWR6843AoP ES2.0 from Texas Instrument, this assures long lifecycle and support. Mistral adds value by supplying pre-certified AoP RADAR on Modules which helps customer to accelerate time to market, reduces certification risks and seamless product integration.

HIGHLIGHTS:

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Integrated Antenna on Package with FMCW Transceiver

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Built-in Calibration
and Self-Test

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USB
Powered

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Ultra-Compact form factor
of 43.9 x 15.6 mm

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SPECIFICATION:

  • Integrated Antenna on Package (AoP)
    • FMCW Transceiver with Integrated PLL, Transmitter, Receiver, Baseband and ADC
    • 60-64GHz Coverage With 4 GHz continuous Bandwidth
    • Built-in Calibration and Self-Test
    • ARM® Cortex® R4F-Based Radio Control System for Object Detection and Interface control
    • C674x DSP for Advanced Signal Processing
  • Three Transmit Channels and Four Receive Channels
  • Max sampling rate: 25MSPS
  • Hardware Accelerator for FFT, Filtering, and CFAR Processing
  • Host Connectivity: 2 x UART / UART over USB
  • USB Powered, 5V, 500mA – 1A
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 43.9 x 15.6 x 5 mm

Operating Temperature Range:  -40oC to 85oC

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OVERVIEW:

The Sensor Fusion Kit from Mistral is an integrated, easy to use Camera Vision and mmWave RADAR Technology based platform providing high functionality for automotive ADAS applications.

Based on Texas Instruments TDA3 SoC for Vision Analytics and ultra-high-resolution single chip 77GHz millimeter Wave RADAR sensors (AWR1443 / AWR1843) and, the platform provides an integrated Camera + RADAR Fusion Processing, offering the accuracy and redundancy required for Automotive safety applications.

The Sensor Fusion Kit (Camera Vision + mmWave RADAR Module) is uniquely designed to provide extreme range precision along with superior imaging capabilities. The platform provides advanced ADAS experience using Vision Analytics and RADAR data fusion in real-time.

The Kit consists of:

Processor Board: Performs Object Detection, Classification, Identification and Annotates Video stream with RADAR Range data. The board provides necessary automotive and power interfaces to integrate with the end product environment.

mmWave RADAR Module: Consists of FMCW Transceiver with Integrated PLL, Baseband ADC, R4F controller with accelerator, SPI flash, DSP etc.

Camera Sensor Board: CSI based 1.3M CMOS HD image sensor supporting upto 60 fps.

The mmWave RADAR Module and Camera sensor board are mounted on Processor board. The Camera and mmWave RADAR complement each other for object identification, range, velocity and elevation parameters.

The Kit includes starterware and sample applications for common automotive RADAR/Camera usages. It also provides debug interfaces for test and development. The RADAR module has Built-in Self-test and Self-calibrating RF section that addresses safety, aging and temperature-based variations.

Complex advanced post processing like ADAS Video / Vision analytics algorithms run on the Processor board. Raw data output is made available from millimeter wave RADAR Module via CAN/LVDS and Camera sensor via CSI ports, for development and debug purpose.

The Sensor Fusion Kit is available with three antenna variants to cater to different ADAS applications, Ultra-short Range (ODS), Short Range (Three Elements) and Mid Range (Tapered Elements)

The modular design and size of the hardware enables customers to design optimized enclosures to suit specific applications. The platform delivers synchronized Point Cloud and Video data.

  • The Point cloud data consisting of Object’s ID, Range, Angle, Velocity and Signal strength is delivered over Serial/CAN interface.
  • The Video data includes camera stream Annotated with objects identified, classified and RADAR range over HDMI/Ethernet interface.

The Sensor Fusion Kit is available with three antenna variants to cater to different ADAS applications

  • Ultra-short Range (ODS)
  • Short Range (Three Elements)
  • Mid Range (Tapered Elements)

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Heterogeneous & Scalable

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Fusion Vision Analytics

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ASIL Targeted

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SPECIFICATION:

The Sensor Fusion Kit is built around the ultra-high-resolution single chip mmWave RADAR (AWR1443/AWR1843) and TDA3 SoC for Vision Analytics from Texas Instruments.

  • TDA3 SoC for Vision Analytics
    • Fixed and floating-point TMS320C66x digital signal processor (DSP) generation cores
    • Vision AccelerationPac (EVE)
    • Dual-Cortex-M4 processors
  • Camera
    • CSI2 Camera interface
    • Tested with OV10640 WDR CAMERA MODULE from Leopard Imaging*
  • mmWave RADAR
    • FMCW Transceiver with Integrated PLL, Transmitter, Receiver, Baseband and ADC
    • 76 to 81 GHz Coverage With 4 GHz Available Bandwidth
    • Four Receive Channels and Three Transmit Channels
    • Built-in Calibration and Self-Test
    • ARM® Cortex® R4F-Based Radio Control System for Object Tracking and Classification
    • C674x DSP for FMCW Signal Processing (Supported only in AWR1843)
  • Memory
    • Boot – 128Mb SPI flash
    • 2GB DDR3 RAM support
    • 32GB SD card support
  • Peripherals support
    • GigE and Dual CAN for external connectivity
    • 2 SPI Channels, 2 UARTs, I2C, GPIOs Interface Support
    • JTAG and 2-Lane LVDS (for RF Board) Interface for Raw ADC Data and Debug (DCA1000)
    • HDMI Support
  • Power: 7 to 18V Automotive Power Input
  • Operating Temperature Range: -40oC to 85oC
  • Dimension: 76 x 115 mm
  • Starterware
    • Object Identification and Classification
    • Video stream annotation with RADAR Range data

 

* Can be interfaced with other 3rd party camera sensors

A quick overview of the Sensor Fusion, its advantage over mmWave Technology and Camera; and Mistral’s Sensor Fusion Kit which will redefine Autmotive ADAS, Industrial Automation and Smart City Applications.

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mmWave RADAR Demo Applications

There is an immense need in the market for a solution to count, track and monitor people without compromising on privacy while at the same time immune to environmental influencers like lighting and weather conditions. Mistral’s mmWave RADAR offers a perfect, reliable low-cost solution to address this need.

Mistral’s mmWave Industrial (60GHz) RADAR on Modules are compact, light-weight RADARs providing superior functionalities for Industrial, Robotics, Healthcare, and Automotive applications. The modules are based on Texas Instruments IWR6843AOP/IWR6843 ultra-high-resolution single-chip FMCW RADAR sensor SoC.

Mistral has developed a range of demo applications for mmWave Industrial (60GHz) RADAR on Modules which enables simultaneous counting and tracking of multiple objects in selected areas for a variety of applications. These applications are easy to use, scalable with a plug and play feature enabling quick configuration.

DEMO FEATURES

  • Easy Configuration (Region, Type, Alarm, Duration, etc.)
  • Plug and Play installation
  • Scalable Architecture
  • Multiple platforms support
  • ROS Integration (Kinetic and Melodic)
  • Database and Cloud Integration
  • Simultaneous object tracking
  • Record and Playback the tracked Object

Mistral provides ready-to-use mmWave applications for Patients and Elderly Care and Indoor Security and Surveillance. One of such application is the “People Counting and Monitoring.”

 

PEOPLE COUNTING APPLICATION DEMO

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The RADAR data processing chain implements object detection, range and axial velocity computation, static clutter removal, grouping and tracking algorithms providing processed point cloud RADAR data for object identification and tracking.

DEMO ENVIRONMENT

  • Radar: Mistral’s 60GHz AoPCB module
  • Location: Meeting Room
  • Dimension: 4mx6m
  • Operating Field of View :120°
  • People detection and tracking: every 250 milliseconds
  • Region of interest: Host, Guest, Chairperson, Entrance
  • POSE: Elevation 3m, 10 degree tilted down

CUSTOMIZATION

Mistral offers customization services for healthcare, security, industrial and other related applications. These include:

  • Custom application development
  • Integrate with other sensors (Sensor Fusion)
  • ML/DL based movement prediction and posture
  • Antenna customization for various use cases.

Webinar – An Insight into mmWave RADAR Technology and Product Design

Date: 19th & 20th November 2019

Millimetre-wave RADAR is an extremely valuable sensing technology ideal for the detection and providing information on range, velocity and angle of objects. mmWave RADAR is a trending technology especially in the Automotive & Industrial domain to enable intelligent and autonomous decision making at the edge! There is an immense need in the market for solutions to count, track and monitor people without compromising on their privacy. mmWave RADARs is ideally suited to address these needs. This webinar aims at providing a complete insight into mmWave RADAR based product design. Watch the webinar video below.

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Healthcare

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  • Product Brief

    60GHz mmWave Technology based Industrial AoP Radar on Module

  • Product Brief

    Sensor Fusion Kit based on millimeter wave RADAR

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    Sensor Fusion for Vision Analytics

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