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mmWave IWR – Robotics

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Smarter Robotics through mmWave Radar Sensing

TI’s mmWave sensor enables intelligent sensing at the edge by integrating accurate sensing with real-time decision making and processing on a single chip helping further accelerate the adoption of robotic systems. These sensors can be used for high accuracy occupancy detection and collision avoidance, where the position and velocity of people can be used to trigger systems when a person or an object is in proximity of a machine. mmWave sensors bring additional value by seeing in challenging environments, such as poor lighting and dusty factory conditions. These features make mmWave the obvious choice for sensing considering privacy and solution complexity to enable intelligence and at-the-edge decision-making. In addition to the above, the Antenna on Package’s wide field of view, small form factor and simplified design and manufacturing
process, users can now take their robotics solutions to the next level  in sensing. 

Check out these documents below to learn the basics of mmWave sensors for Safety Guards

mmWave device performance with IWR6843 AOP
mmWave device performance with IWR6843
mmWave device performance with IWR1x43
Application benefit
Frequency band  60-64GHz 60-64GHz 77-81GHz Choice of open band enabling smarter robotics in factories and buildings 
Hardware IWR6843AOP EVM
IWR6843 starter bundle IWR1443BOOST/ IWR1843BOOST
Example Max. Velocity
(resolution)
5m/s (0.6 m/s)  5m/s (0.6 m/s)  5m/s (0.6 m/s)  Ground speed sensing useful in applications where wheels can slip 
Example Max. Range (resolution)  10 m (0.047m) 

10 m (0.047m) 

10 m (0.047m) 

Detect various objects at different ranges 
Example Max. Field of view
(resolution)   

130º - azimuth

130º - elevation

(30º angular resolution) 

120º (15º angular resolution)  120º (15º angular resolution)  Accurate sensing of surrounding to detect and avoid approaching objects or people from multiple directions across industrial sites 
Applicable features 

Immunity to environmental conditions such as dust, smoke or lighting conditions

Enables detection of transparent objects such as glass 

Immunity to environmental conditions such as dust, smoke or lighting conditions

Enables detection of transparent objects such as glass 

Immunity to environmental conditions such as dust, smoke or lighting conditions

Enables detection of transparent objects such as glass 

mmWave sensors are able to perform in industrial robotics applications, addressing key concerns when interacting with humans

 Robustness in detection of glass objects versus  light based sensors 

Evaluate hands-on

Evaluate TI’s mmWave radar sensors by purchasing the evaluation module and leveraging the experiments and labs, and referencing our Robotics TI Design

IWR6843 starter bundle


IWR6843  evaluation module kit with antenna design enabling robotics applications

IWR6843 AOP evaluation module


IWR6843 AOP  EVM is a small form-factor evaluation module with integrated antenna-on-package technology. 

Experiments and labs

Experience mmWave sensor
performance first hand and recreate demonstrations by following the safety guards experiments and labs.

Autonomous Robotics using mmWave sensors (Includes Antenna-on-package) and Sitara processing

This reference design enables  evaluation of full autonomous robotics with mmWave sensing (including the Sitara processor) and enables rapid development of robotics applications by leveraging TI’s hardware and software components.

Design

Now that you are ready to begin production, access these resrorces to help you along the way.  

IWR6843AoP

Antenna on package integrated 60-GHz sensor reduces RF design challenges and system form-factor

IWR6843

60-GHz sensor delivers intelligence at the edge with 3D detection and increased memory

IWR1843

77-GHz sensor delivers intelligence at the edge with 3D detection and increased memory

IWR1443

Single-chip 76-to-81GHz mmWave sensor integrating MCU and hardware accelerator

Have questions during the design process? Leverage TI's mmWave training series to keep you on the right track along the way.

Ask questions and explore ideas on TI’s mmWave sensor forum.