Latest mmWave Radar SoC Offers Attributes Needed for SDV Designs

11 January 2024

Being demonstrated at CES this week (Booth CP-18, in the LVCC), NXP has further bolstered its single-chip automotive radar solution portfolio - with the introduction of the SAF86xx SoC.

This 76GHz to 81GHz frequency device, which is based on a 28nm RFCMOS semiconductor process, has a >300m detection range and can handle radar sensor data at speeds of up to 1Gbps. Embedded into it is a performance-enhanced radar transceiver, a multi-core radar processing element and an IEEE 802.1AE MACsec security element. As well as extended operational range, the SoC also exhibits superior small object detection capabilities, thereby resulting in greater safety for all road users. It supports NCAP safety functions, such as emergency braking and blind-spot detection, and offers the functional flexibility needed to support the automobile industry’s ongoing migration towards software-defined vehicles (SDVs).

“Using our new SAF86xx radar one-chip family, OEMs can quickly and easily migrate their current radar platforms to new software-defined vehicle architectures,” states Steffen Spannagel, NXP’s SVP for ADAS Technology. “A network of connected radar sensors with software-defined functions on a dedicated S32R radar processor in a distributed architecture can enhance radar-based perception to support advancements in autonomous driving. That includes 360-degree sensing, more powerful AI-based algorithms and secure OTA software updates.” 

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