First 60GHz in-car radar-on-chip from Vayyar Imaging

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Vayyar Imaging has announced what’s claimed to be the world’s first 60GHz, automotive-grade, MIMO radar-on-chip (ROC). The 60GHz solution is said to carry over the complete functionality of Vayyar’s 79GHz reference-design while meeting global regulatory requirements such as Euro NCAP and US Hot-Car.

Vayyar’s solution displays the dimension, location, breathing pattern and movement of people, utilizing proprietary 4D point-cloud VOXEL imaging. This high-resolution, high-performance ROC is designed to enable the complete classification of the car’s environment, regardless of line-of-sight, bad lighting or harsh weather conditions, offering “unparalleled in-cabin safety”, according to the company.

“We are proud to offer a 60GHz version of our leading 79GHz chip, affording the industry complete regulatory flexibility,” said Ian Podkamien, director of automotive business development at Vayyar.

“Compared with other options, our radar-on-chip is far more advanced, robust, mature and cost-efficient, leading to faster and more effective interior sensor implementation. Our comprehensive In-Car Evaluation Kit is available on both 60GHz and 79GHz versions, with the same software and performance.”

Vayyar’s automotive-grade ROC has up to 48 transceivers and an internal digital signal processor (DSP) for real-time signal processing. The low-cost sensor is easily integrated into the existing automotive framework, says its maker, and due to its multi-functionality, reduces the number of sensors needed as well as the amount of wiring required, thus reducing cost. For deployed vehicles, more functions can be added over time, with simple OTA software upgrades.

Vayyar says its solution is ready for mass production and deployment, having undergone intensive CPD and SBR test cases over the last year, with millions of test samples, to ensure their reliability, accuracy and versatility.

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