Vayyar Claims Single Chip Radar Breakthrough

Israeli technology company Vayyar Imaging is claiming a breakthrough in automotive 4D radar with a single chip unit boasting a range of up to 328 yards.

It what it claims is a ‘world first’, the company says its multi-range XRR chip is designed for passenger cars, trucks and motorcycles. Supported by a 48-antenna MIMO array, the platform claims radar imaging with unprecedented levels of accuracy supporting dozens of ADAS, Advanced Rider Assistance Systems (ARAS) and autonomy features. This eliminates the need for multiple, costly vehicle sensors and reduces costs, complexity, hardware, software, power consumption, wiring and integration efforts.

The chip claims to differentiate between static obstacles such as dividers, curbs and parked vehicles, and between different types of vulnerable road users, moving vehicles and other hazards. In low-speed environments such as parking lots, the XRR chip’s sensing supports advanced parking assistance, scanning the vehicle’s surroundings for pedestrians and obstacles.

“Vayyar’s XRR chip delivers unparalleled multi-range capability, reducing complexity and costs, so that high-end safety is accessible and affordable for all vehicle models,” said Ian Podkamien, vice-president and head of automotive at Vayyar. “To achieve this, we integrated 48 transceivers into a single chip, along with the computing power necessary for optimal performance, while maintaining cost-efficiency and a compact form factor.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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