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NXP introduces new chip range for ADAS and autonomous vehicles

NXP Semiconductors, the market share leader in automotive radar according to Yole Intelligence, has introduced what it says is “a new industry-first” 28nm RFCMOS radar one-chip IC family for next generation ADAS and autonomous driving systems.

The new SAF85xx one-chip family combines NXP’s high performance radar sensing and processing technologies into a single device, offering tier ones and OEMs new flexibility in addressing short, medium and long range radar applications to serve ever more challenging NCAP safety requirements.

The introduction of the one-chip radar family has added to NXP’s leading radar portfolio, built on more than 15 years of technology leadership and designed to surround drivers in a cocoon of safety to reduce accidents.

Denso, which works at the forefront of radar technology, has embraced NXP’s latest innovation as its lead customer.

Hiroshi Kondo, head of safety systems business unit, Denso, says: “This advanced radar sensing technology plays an essential part in accelerating the development of next-generation ADAS. We know Denso will extend its leadership position in ADAS by leveraging NXP’s compact high-performance SAF85xx radar SoC.”

NXP’s new family of automotive radar SoCs is comprised of high-performance radar transceivers integrated with multi-core radar processors which are built on NXP’s S32R radar compute platform.

The SAF85xx offers twice the RF performance and accelerates radar signal processing by up to 40%, compared to NXP’s previous generation. The one-chip family enables 4D sensing for corner and front radar, serving critical safety ADAS applications, such as automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert and automated parking.

OEMs will benefit from the increased flexibility it offers in meeting the expanding NCAP safety requirements and the proliferation of radar sensors, which some analyst estimates project will range to up to five or more per car.

When combined with power management and connectivity solutions from NXP, the system solution flexibly addresses a wide variety of today’s and tomorrow’s OEM needs. Developers can take advantage of the S32R family’s seamless performance scalability as well as its software and hardware design reuse benefits.

Torsten Lehmann, executive vice president, NXP Semiconductors, says: “Our new radar one-chip family enables the reliable long range detection of objects and separation of small objects next to larger ones, like a fast-moving motorcycle next to cars and trucks on a busy multi-lane highway.

“Its small form factor allows our customers to build radar sensor modules that are up to 30 percent smaller, enabling global suppliers of ADAS systems, like Denso, to expand the potential of radar safety through this powerful new technology.”

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