Infineon Technologies predicts that by the end of 2016, more than half of all new automotive 77-GHz radar systems worldwide will be equipped with chips from the company.
Statistically speaking, that means around one in 15 new cars will use a driver assistance system with 77-GHz radar chips from Infineon.
Given these figures, Infineon claims “market leadership… in the rapidly growing market for radar chips for driver assistance systems”.
While Infineon has sold a total of 20 million radar chips in the past few years, the company plans to ship a further 30 million chips for driver assistance systems next year. Infineon would have thereby doubled its radar chip sales annually for five years in a row.
Ralf Bornefeld, vice president and general manager, sense and control at Infineon Technologies, says: “Of the world’s five largest manufacturers of radar systems, four already rely on 77-GHz radar chips from Infineon.
“We make driving safety the standard in mid-sized and small vehicles. Our sensor chips place the vehicle inside the kind of safety cocoon that is essential for autonomous driving.”
Sensors for the car of the future
Depending on a vehicle’s category and how it’s equipped, it will have between one and three radar systems.
Soon up to five will be offered, together ensuring an “all-around view” that makes new functions like the intersection assistant and parking assistant possible.
In the autonomous vehicle, which the automobile industry expects to be available from around 2020, at least 10 radar systems may be installed, says Infineon.
Together with camera, laser and ultrasonic systems, they form a safety cocoon around the vehicle and are the key technology for autonomous driving.
“With Infineon as a partner, manufacturers of radar systems have an experienced technology leader at their side,” says Bornefeld. “Whether they need a radar chip with silicon-germanium technology or a highly integrated CMOS solution, our advantage is our product and system expertise at 77 GHz and 24 GHz, in silicon-germanium and CMOS.”