Sensors

mmWave IWR - sensors for agriculture and construction equipment

Discover

TI’s industrial mmWave sensing solutions for heavy machinery such as  off-highway vehicles enable precise monitoring through all light and weather conditions for optimal driver assistance and collision control.

The obstacle detection sensor technology placed on a machine avoids collision with obstacles placed or approaching the machine.

Learn the basics of mmWave sensors for agricultural and construction machinery:

TI’s industrial mmWave sensing solutions for heavy machinery

Object range detection using short range radar

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Human
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Large dog
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Coins (quarters) or small metalic objects
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Benefits of mmWave for agricultural and construction equipment

mmWave device performance with IWR1642
Application benefit
Tuning range 76-81 GHz Narrow beam to avoid clutter and provide higher rangeand velocity resolution  
Range (resolution)
80 m (35cm) Detect various objects at different ranges
Velocity (resolution)
90 kmph (50 cm/s) Ground speed sensing useful in applications where wheels can slip with high velocity resolution algorithms
Field of view (resolution)   120º (15º angular resolution) ARM safety curtain to maintain a no-entry curtain or zone around the equipment
Number of objects detected 30 (80 m+ at 40 cm resolution, +/-60 deg) Accurate sensing of surrounding to detect and avoid approaching objects or people from multiple directions across fields and construction sites

Evaluate

Evaluate TI’s mmWave radar sensors by purchasing the evaluation module and leveraging the experiments and labs, and referencing our short range radar TI Designs.

IWR1642 evaluation module

Single-chip sensor evaluation platform with integrated MCU and DSP for fully programmable algorithm development.

Experiments and labs

Experience mmWave sensor performance first hand and recreate demonstrations by following the heavy machinery experiments and labs.

Reference design

Designed for robust, short range sensing for objects up to 80 m and ADAS applications.

  • Reference design includes: design guide, power-optimized software, schematics and layout, and chirp configurations.

Design

Now that you’re ready to begin production, take advantage of  these featured products, training materials, and E2E support forums.  

Featured products

IWR1443

Single-chip sensor with integrated MCU and HW accelerator for point cloud generation.

IWR1642

Single-chip sensor with integrated MCU and DSP for fully programmable algorithm development.

Have questions during the design process? Leverage our mmWave training series.

Want to use existing building automation antenna design?

Ask questions and explore ideas on our mmWave sensor forums.