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Long Range Radar (LRR) Solutions from Texas Instruments


Processing –DSP/ Application Processor

Design Requirements:
  • Heterogeneous, scalable architecture (Suitable for broad range of ADAS applications)
  • Reduced system software complexity and intensive radar processing for collision avoidance algorithms (FFTs)
  • High precision, wide dynamic range
  • Multiple object detection, differentiation and tracking
  • High memory bandwidth for digital radar applications (Storage of a large amount of raw radar data)
  • Low power dissipation and complex ADAS radar analytics
  • Small size
  • Increased system robustness and reliability
  • Provides optimal mix of performance, low power and ADAS vision analytics
  • Dual-core ARM Cortex A15 RISC CPUs with Neon extension
  • Mixture of fixed and floating-point C66x DSP cores
  • Up to 16 RX antenna
  • Up to 2.5MB of on-chip L3 RAM
  • Multiple embedded vision engines (EVEs) provide highly efficient radar analytics for real-time radar based automotive applications at the same power levels
  • Integration of peripherals – multi-camera interfaces, display, CAN, and Gigabit Ethernet AVB enables AEC-Q100 qualified

Processing -Safety MCU

Design Requirements:
  • Cycle by cycle CPU fail safe detection
  • Support ISO26262, ASIL-D
  • Higher bandwidth networking for existing and evolving automotive protocols
  • Developed to safety standards / Systematic and random fault detection
  • ARM-based: Enables re-usage of already developed software and ensures the possibility of future re-usage of software investments/IP
  • Environmentally induced failure
  • Enables standardization of basic automotive system functions-supports AUTOSAR
  • Dual core lock-step safety micro controller
  • Cortex-R over 280 DMIPs
  • Ethernet, CAN, LIN/UART and FlexRay connectivity
  • Integrated features that meet ISO 26262 ASIL-D and IEC 61508 SIL-3 safety standards
  • AEC-Q100 Grade 1 qualified
  • Floating-point capabilities, very interesting for signal processing
  • AEC-Q100 qualified

Power – ECU Power Supply

Design Requirements:
  • Wide supply voltage range (Directly connected to battery line)
  • Low power dissipation
  • Electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Small solution size
  • Increased system robustness and reliability
  • Wide Vin 3.5V – 36V survives cold-crank, start-stop, & load dump conditions
  • Adjustable and fixed voltage versions available and integrated feedback resistors
  • Highly efficient synchronous and non-synchronous DC/DC converters and controllers
  • Fixed or synchronizable frequency >2Mhz
  • Operation with few external components and easy to use
  • AEC-Q100 qualified

Power – RF Supply

Design Requirements:
  • Output noise
  • DC/DC switching harmonics
  • Stable and precise out voltage with good thermal
  • Fast transient
  • Small size
  • Increased system robustness and reliability
  • Low Noise: Down to 23.5uVrms typical (100Hz to 100KHz)
  • High PSRR over wide-bandwidth (80dB at 1KHz, 60dB at 100KHz, 54dB at 1MHz)
  • High accuracy of 3% over load, line, process and temp variations
  • Fast start-up time (50us)
  • 3X3mm SON-8 package
  • AEC-Q100 qualified

Power - Safety Power Management IC

Design Requirements:
  • Enable Functional Safety on system level
  • Support wide supply voltage range (off battery operation) High level of power integration to achieve small form factor
  • Obsoleting 2nd saving MCU
  • Low quiescent current
  • Increased system robustness and reliability
  • Power supplies with integrated Window or Q&A watchdog, Lock-Step error monitoring as well as diagnostic features such as build in self-test to detect device malfunctioning and consequently provide signaling or the disabling of system functions.
  • Power supply covering car battery voltage range
  • Integrated power solutions requiring few external components, switching frequencies >2MHz allow for small passive components and overall reduce design complexity
  • Minimizing board space and software development effort and verification
  • Highly efficient DC/DC SMPS as pre-regulator in combination with space saving LDOs
  • AEC-Q100 qualified

Signal Chain – Integrated Base Band AFE (AFE5401-Q1)

Design Requirements:
  • Board space, total power consumption and cost limitations dictate device size
  • Longer detection range and accuracy with multiple object detection
  • High resolution, accurate recognition and differentiation of stationary and fast moving objects
  • Increased # of channels possible per system without increasing power budget
  • High PSRR to eliminate spurs (50nV/rtHz noise (10K-20Mhz) for RF
  • High-speed, high-bandwidth interface to DSP for processing
  • AEC-Q100 qualified
  • Fully integrated quad channel LNA, PGA, ADC+ 4 aux channels
  • LNA (12-18dB), equalizer/AAF and 30dB PGA
  • Quad 12bit 25MSPS ADCs
  • Total power per channel: 65mW
  • Input noise: 3.5nV/rtHz
  • 100MHz CMOS glue-less interface to DSP
  • AEC-Q100 qualified

Signal Chain – RF PLL with Chirp Generator (LMX2492-Q1)

Design requirements:
  • Highest possible noise performance to improve RF sensitivity and radar accuracy: avoiding false alarms and detecting smaller objects
  • High level of integration to eliminate the effort and risks of external ramp generators, charge pumps or LDOs, also minimizing jitter
  • Wide operating range of up to 14 GHz VCO to reduce the number of external frequency multipliers and achieve the best possible signal quality
  • High performance phase frequency detection supports finer and more linear ramp resolution
  • Broadly configurable ramp generation assists in reducing signal interference from other radar systems
  • Range of over 200m enables automatic emergency braking for speeds of more than 120 mph (200km/h)
  • Ultra low PLL phase noise ( -227 dBc/Hz)
  • Wider Operating range (500 MHz to 13.5 GHz)
  • Programmable ramp parameters and triggering
  • Ramp frequency monitor (read back)
  • Supports Sawtooth, Triangular and Custom ramping types
  • Programmable ramp time (from 20us to 100us)
  • Step per ramp (up to 13000)
  • Phase Frequency Detection up to 200 MHz
  • Ultra-low power (< 65 mA @ 3.3 V)
  • Advanced Delta Sigma Fractional Compensation
  • Fast Settling Mode
  • Digital lock detect
  • AEC-Q100 qualified

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