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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.

Check out these documents below to learn the basics of mmWave sensors for safety guards.

mmWave device performance with IWR6843
mmWave device performance with IWR1443
Application benefit
Frequency band  60-64GHz 77-81GHz Choice of open band enabling smarter robotics in factories and buildings 
IWR6843 starter bundle IWR1443BOOST
Example max. velocity(resolution)
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) 

Detect various objects at different ranges 
Example max. field of view (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 

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 

See our sample chirp confirgurations for  automomous robotics usingn IWR6843 See our sample chirp confirgurations for  automomous robotics usingn IWR1443

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 kit with antenna design enabling robotics applications

Experiments and labs

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

Reference design

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.  

IWR6843

Newest 60-GHz sensors deliver intelligence at the edge while reducing size and system cost

IWR6843AoP

Integrated antenna – reducing RF design challenges

IWR1443

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

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

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