Automotive radar MCUs make safe automated driving a reality

7th November 2016
Posted By : Alice Matthews

An automotive radar microcontroller (MCU) has been announced by NXP Semiconductors. The NXP S32R27 will deliver the features and performance required for making safe, automated driving a reality.  An estimated 50% of all car radar modules shipped in 2016 will utilise NXP radar processing and front-end technology.

The ability of a vehicle to make precise, safety-related decisions depends on its capacity to accurately detect and classify objects. The NXP S32R27 Radar MCU offers a leap in performance of four times over the previous MPC577X product. This means higher accuracy and safety for applications such as collision avoidance, lane change assist, autonomous emergency braking, radar cocooning with 360° perception, or adaptive cruise control. In intelligent transport systems, Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) like pedestrians, motorcycles and bicycles can be detected and tracked much faster.

NXP’s highly integrated radar MCUs and RF front-end technologies (RFCMOS or BiCMOS) offer customers scalable system solutions that address ultra-short range, short-range, mid-range and long-range radar. NXP offers a portfolio of single and multicore processors built on Power Architecture technology, providing strong power performance, integration, safety and reliability.

“The S32R27 has been sampling with leading Tier 1 automotive suppliers for almost a year and will play a key role in consolidating NXP’s leadership position in automotive radar,” commented General Manager of the ADAS Microcontrollers Product Line at NXP, Davide Santo. “We see the S32R27 as a critical enabler of next-generation NCAP features and new semi-autonomous safety-assistance functions. Ultimately this supports the goals and motivation for our entire team which is to make the roads safer for everyone.”

NXP at electronica:
The S32R27 will be a core part of two demonstrations showcased by NXP.

  • A miniature Local Motors shuttle bus will feature the S32R27 combined with NXP’s MR3003 SiGe radar transceiver at the NXP booth in Hall A6.
  • A second demonstration, showcased in the NXP Smarter World Tour truck, will feature the S32R27 in combination with NXP TEF810x RFCMOS transceiver.

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