The Need for Advanced Analog Radar

Many of the safety requirements, as well as expectations for a smooth riding experience, facing the auto industry cannot be met using only today’s sensors, including current state-of-the-art digital beamforming (DBF), virtual arrays, or MIMO radars. Leading automakers need an innovative radar that provides longer range, high resolution, greater angular accuracy, object classification, and most importantly consistent stable performance in all weather and operating conditions. The radar of the future must be delivered today to give auto makers the technology required to deploy advanced features for safety and comfort. State of the art analog radar delivers critical features including next-generation adaptive cruise control, lane change assist, and automated emergency braking. Clearing remaining hurdles is of paramount necessity to ensuring the highest levels of repeatable and dependable safety adherence while gaining long-term community acceptance.

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Intelligent Automotive Beamsteering Radar

5D Imaging, Long-Range, High-Resolution 77GHz Radar with Imaging Capabilities
 

  • Breakthrough technology using advanced analog and digital radar signal processing 

  • Based on best in class highly integrated Antenna in Package (AiP) modules using beamforming and steering Marconi ICs

  • Simultaneous hybrid MIMO algorithms for higher frame rate

  • Pencil/Fan beams covering wide FoV while maintaining very low sidelobes, reducing interference

  • Integrated Tier2 transceiver MMIC

  • Embedded AWARETM AI engine for object classification (5th Dimension) 

  • High number of simultaneous object detections

  • High-range Doppler accuracy

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Core Technology

SPEKTRA  platforms for automotive and aerial imaging radar sensing enable unmatched range and point-cloud resolution in all weather conditions, fulfilling the needs of today’s missing ADAS sensor. The core technology is based on combining the best of analog front-end beamforming and steering Antenna in Package (AiP) modules, hybrid MIMO architectures, and simplified back-end digital signal processing enabling faster frame rate and 5 dimensional radar capabilities (range, velocity, angular accuracy or resolution in the horizontal and vertical directions and real-time object classification)

Resolution
& Range

Metawave’s SPEKTRA™ radar platforms utilize analog beam-forming and beamsteering with advanced digital signal processing, including MIMO, techniques to deliver a low-cost solution that drives the evolution of highly automated driving and the deployment of advanced automated safety features, such as left turn assist, blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam pilot, highway pilot, etc.


Metawave is delivering a radar platform that identifies and classifies objects at long-range with a higher resolution than today’s radar. With its groundbreaking beamsteering capabilities, Metawave’s SPEKTRA™ can detect and classify vehicles far beyond conventional radar reach.
 

Detection at these distances has proven challenging for other sensors; object detection and classification at these ranges is essential for safe, automated driving features. Metawave's radar can penetrate difficult weather conditions like dense fog, sand storms, and heavy rain, while maintaining high performance.

Solving Today's Safety Problems

SPEKTRA™ radar can readily handle scenarios like the Euro NCAP cut-in and cut-out problems. Additionally, the system can discern obstacles in the ego lane from adjacent lanes and distances of ~300 meters. As automated driving continues to evolve, these ranges will increase and driving scenarios will include difficult problems like a motorcycle parked in the shadow of a bridge during a rainstorm. The flexibility of the SPEKTRA™ platform is unparalleled in its ability to be modified to fit any automotive sensor suite.

Metawave’s beamsteering radar platform SPEKTRA™
addresses top safety concerns automakers face today

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