18-04-2017 | | By Paul Whytock
A technology collaboration aimed at making autonomous self-driving vehicles safer has been agreed between analog component specialists Analog Devices (ADI) and Japanese semiconductor company Renesas.
The companies’ work will focus on a system-level 77/79-GHz RADAR sensor demonstrator that uses the RH850/V1R-M microcontroller (MCU) from the Renesas autonomy platform and ADI’s Drive360 28nm CMOS RF-to-bits technology.
The two companies say the seamless system-level operation of these two technologies will make Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) driving safer by enabling earlier detection of smaller and faster moving objects at greater distances. They also believe it will reduce RADAR system integration work for car manufacturers and their suppliers.
The Drive360 28nm CMOS RADAR technology platform employs ADI’s ADAS, MEMS, and RADAR technology that has been used by the automotive industry for nearly 20 years.
An important operational characteristic is the system’s high output power which enables greater operating range and identification of smaller objects while low phase noise enables accurate detection of smaller objects when they are in the presence of large objects.
The other partner company in this technology collaboration, Renesas, can provide end-to-end solutions from secure cloud connectivity and sensing to autonomous control technology. The company’s Autonomy Platform is supported by its SoC and MCU roadmaps. The RH850/V1R-M MCU was designed for use in RADAR applications and the new MCU includes an optimised DSP, dual CPU cores operating at 320MHz and 2MB of internal RAM.