NXP Semiconductors N.V. has announced a new strategic collaboration and investment agreement with Hawkeye Technology Co., Ltd, a company at the forefront of the Chinese automotive radar sector.
Hawkeye will bring its 77GHz expertise, a team of engineers and a lab complex within Southeast University in Nanjing, China.
Together, the two companies will form a reference design collaboration that uses top engineering talent at Southeast University and NXP’s longstanding radar expertise, to create NXP-based reference designs for the Chinese automotive market.
China’s automotive radar sensor market is growing at nearly twice the world market rate. Current automotive market analysis projects that by 2020, radar technology will be in 50% of all newly produced cars.
These robust appraisals are driven in part by the China New Car Assessment Program (C-NCAP), which mandates the further implementation and innovation of radar in safety-related applications such as blind spot detection, automatic emergency braking, front and rear cross traffic detection and precise environmental mapping.
NXP is a pioneer and market leader in RFCMOS-based 77GHz automotive radar sensors, a key technology in the next phase of the advanced driving assistance roadmap.
This technology will continue to develop to address the detection and classification of vulnerable road users, full and surround view applications and imaging radar, which could in time replace more expensive and bulky technologies.