Analog Devices, Renesas collaborating on automotive radar

April 13, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) and Renesas Electronics (Tokyo, Japan) are jointly working on a system-level 77/79-GHz radar sensor demonstrator to improve Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) applications and enable autonomous driving vehicles.

The demonstrator includes an RH850/V1R-M microcontroller from the Renesas Autonomy Platform and Analog Devices’ Drive360 28nm CMOS radar technology. The two companies say that seamless system-level operation of these two technologies will enable earlier detection of smaller and faster moving objects at greater distances. It will also lower radar system integration efforts and reduce evaluation risks for automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers.

ADI’s Drive360 28nm CMOS radar technology platform is presented as the first such technology based on advanced 28nm CMOS with unparalleled RF performance for target identification and classification. High output power enables greater range and identification of smaller objects, while lowest phase noise enables best unambiguous detection of smaller objects in the presence of large objects.

Renesas’ recently announced autonomy is postioned as an end-to-end solution from secure cloud connectivity and sensing to autonomous control. It is is an open and trusted platform for ADAS and automated driving, supported by Renesas’ scalable SoC and MCU roadmaps.

The RH850/V1R-M MCU was specifically designed for use in radar applications as part of the portfolio. The new MCU includes optimized programmable digital signal processing (DSP), a dual CPU cores each operating at 320 MHz with 2 MB high speed flash and 2 MB internal RAM, while meeting the industry's highest temperature requirements.

Analog Devices; www.analog.com
Renesas Electronics; www.renesas.com