Accelerating innovation in radar applications for autonomous driving: Uhnder & dSPACE cooperate on radar technology

16 April 2020

Uhnder & dSPACE will support each other in the continuous development of sensors & validation solutions and cooperate to ensure that developments in radar sensor technology can keep pace with high traffic safety requirements
Uhnder & dSPACE will support each other in the continuous development of sensors & validation solutions and cooperate to ensure that developments in radar sensor technology can keep pace with high traffic safety requirements

Radar systems are a key technology for automated & autonomous driving. Digital radar-on-chip (RoC) pioneer, Uhnder & specialist in simulation & validation for automotive, dSPACE have agreed to cooperate to ensure that developments in radar sensor technology keep pace with high traffic safety requirements. Both companies will support each other in the continuous development of sensors & validation solutions.

Digital methods for more reliable detection
To meet the high requirements for safety and quality, radar sensors must detect their surroundings reliably and in great detail. For road use, it is important to implement robust measures that minimise interference and disturbance signals.

To do this, Uhnder has developed a unique digital Radar-on-Chip (RoC), using a combination of advanced CMOS and Digital Code Modulation (DCM) technology. Uhnder's 4D digitally modulated imaging radar chip offers groundbreaking performance by integrating 192 virtual channels onto a single chip and pioneers High Contrast Resolution (HCR), which provides significantly improved range and angular resolution, and makes it possible to separate small radar reflectors from proximate large reflectors.

Throughout the development process, Uhnder relies on dSPACE Automotive Radar Target Simulators to subject sensors whose signals are processed using this modulation method to the most realistic tests possible until the sensors are approved for series production.

Digitally modulated radar signals offer significant advantages in ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) and AD (autonomous driving) applications. The radar test solutions from dSPACE made it easy for us to investigate interferences between radar systems and to advance our systems as realistically as possible,” says Ralf Reuter, Senior Director of Customer & Application Engineering at Uhnder, about the initial results of the collaboration.

Senior Product Manager, Dr. Andreas Himmler from dSPACE adds: “The cooperation with Uhnder provides us with new requirements in sensor development directly and timely. This gives us a headstart in the development of suitable concepts for particularly reliable validation. This applies particularly to the fulfillment of our customers' challenging requirements with regard to radar target simulation.

Showcases at trade fairs
Uhnder and dSPACE will present results of their partnership with demos at trade fairs. The first joint showcases will take place at International Conference on Microwave Intelligent Mobility 2020 in Linz (July 2020) and at European Microwave Week 2020 in Utrecht (September 13-18 2020)".


About Uhnder
Uhnder, an Austin, Texas-based company is delivering the industry’s first digital automotive radar, using a combination of advanced CMOS and Digital Code Modulation (DCM) technology. Uhnder’s approach and technology promises to transform the automotive industry by changing the way radars work and significantly improving performance with the additional benefits of smaller size, lower power and lower cost.


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