"Connecting the analog world with the digital": Page 5 of 6

October 21, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
"Connecting the analog world with the digital"
The real world is analog, but more and more information processing takes place in the digital sphere. This holds true in all areas of electronics application, and in particular in automotive electronics. Against this backdrop, it is obvious that the companies controlling the transition from one to the other sphere are of increasing importance. Analog Devices (ADI) is such a company. eeNews Europe spoke with Stefan Steyerl, Director Sales Mobility & Transportation for ADI EMEA.

eeNews Europe: Do you see any demand for automated driving functions in the truck sector?

Steyerl: Yes, absolutely. Automation here is partly driven by safety considerations, partly by the pursuit of higher productivity.

eeNews Europe: There are reports that the first robotic vehicles will be trucks rather than cars.

Steyerl: Yes, it’s fair to say that. But it always depends on the autonomy level. I don't think there will be big trucks in level 5 very soon, but quite likely we will see delivery vehicles with limited use cases, which automate certain tasks within a narrow area and with a manageable fleet.

eeNews Europe: Are there any developments in the field of automated driving where ADI not only sets the tone, but perhaps even sets the direction?

Steyerl: We have our radar chipset, and radar is one of the most important technologies to map partially or fully automated driving. According to current knowledge, three technologies - radar, lidar and camera systems - are needed to detect the environment. In radar systems, we are developing radar sensors based on 28nm CMOS technology. The 28nm RF CMOS technology is interesting because it represents the best process node on the cost side and at the same time it allows a higher degree of integration compared to the SiGe technology frequently used in radar technology. In other words, RF-CMOS makes much more possible, from the transmit-receive side to circuitry and signal conversion to the digital world, even processing data in a single-chip radar.

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