Mass production imminent for Uhnder’s 4D radar imaging chip

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Uhnder, which is developing digital imaging radar technology for automotive and next-generation mobility applications, says it will soon become the first company to mass produce a fully automotive-qualified, 4D digital imaging radar-on-chip, which will be certified in April 2022.

“Uhnder’s 4D digital imaging radar-on-chip is a next-generation product that demonstrates new ways to advance automotive safety to save lives,” said Douglas Campbell, president, Automotive Safety Council. “Fatalities of vulnerable road users are now 20% of all roadway deaths in the US and even more in developing countries.

“ADAS technologies, such as pedestrian automatic emergency braking (P-AEB) that can reliably operate at night, can help reduce pedestrian fatalities per the latest report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Improved high-resolution perception sensors, such as Uhnder’s radar-on-chip, can potentially help reduce this rising fatality category.”

Uhnder says it has the automotive industry’s first digital radar solution with the required accuracy and power to sense moving or standing objects, large or small, at both short and long distances in all-weather and lighting conditions, all while mitigating mutual interference between other radars.

“Digital radar provides 16 times better resolution, 24 times more power on target, and 30 times better contrast than today’s analog offerings, improving detection capabilities for better road safety for all users – drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians,” added Manju Hegde, CEO and cofounder, Uhnder. “As more and more radars are fitted onto vehicles and other mobility solutions, interference among adjacent radar becomes problematic. Our radar, based on Digital Code Modulation, mitigates this problem.”

Uhnder says it will release its S80 radar-on-chip to mass production in April 2022, and it will comply with AEC Q104 qualification, ISO 26262 ASIL-B and Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) with its first Tier 1 automotive customer, Magna.

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