Start development with our industrial mmWave radar sensors

Our design and development ecosystem can help simplify your design process. Explore design options and find resources for industrial mmWave radar sensors to help make it easier for you to get to market.

Investigate & find the right device

Whether you already know your specific performance requirements or are still investigating, we can help find the best device for your application. To learn more about typical mmWave applications, explore our applications-specific resources.

We provide reference antenna designs and hardware platforms for you to review and select so that you can start your evaluation and development. You will use key information such as field-of-view, range and resolution to make your selection. 

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I know my sensing requirements and antenna specifications

Find best-matched antenna and corresponding hardware platform from our extensive database in TI Resource Explorer.

I need to determine the antenna specifications for my target application

Begin by reviewing our reference designs and TIREX Industrial Toolbox Experiments and Labs.

If a deeper technical analysis is needed, use our online mmWave Sensing Estimator tool to determine the resulting parameters to help identify the best matched antenna and hardware platform in our TIREX Antenna Database.

Easily explore mmWave technology and foundational concepts

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Evaluation

Once suitable hardware platforms are identified, use the below information to determine which of our offerings best fit your needs and finalize your selection of tools. We provide evaluation software and tools that span from application-level demos in the TI Resource Explorer to tools enabling raw data collection and algorithm development on a PC. These can be used as the basis for your evaluation and to also support your development efforts. 

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Hardware

Part
Description
Evaluation modules (EVMs) Our assembled circuit board supporting standard software development and radio frequency (RF) performance evaluation of our IWR mmWave radar sensors.
Real-time capture card The DCA1000EVM provides real-time, radar ADC data capture and streaming for 2- and 4-lane LVDS datastreams from mmWave EVMs.
mmWave carrier card The MMWAVEICBOOST carrier card expands capabilities of select mmWave EVMs such as trace and single step via Code Composer Studio™ (CCS) IDE's compatible debuggers. 

BoosterPack™ Plug-in Module

 

These modules are easy-to-use evaluation boards for single-chip mmWave sensing devices with direct connectivity to our LaunchPad™ development kits.

Software

Part
Description
mmWave SDK Our extensive software development kit (SDK) enables rapid prototyping of customized applications on EVMs. This software includes TI RTOS, full-peripheral drivers, sensors APIs and hardware accelerator and DSP libraries. The software is supported by CCS IDE and UniFlash.
mmWave Studio software The mmWave Studio software includes easy-to-use, web-based tools to enhance evaluation of our mmWave radar sensors. mmWave Studio software provides capabilities to prototype and evaluate chirp designs via experimentation with out-of-box demos. 
Industrial mmWave toolbox The Industrial mmWave tool box allows you to reference software labs, experiment data and chirp designs to accelerate prototyping and development. Each package provides source code, test methodology, and instruction to replicate results. 
mmWave Sensing Estimator The mmWave sensing estimator provides you the first step in designing mmWave sensor-based systems. It calculates a chirp configuration for RF transmission using basic system parameters such as min and max range and velocity along with frame rate. 

Reference designs

Proven mmWave radar system design that includes both hardware and software to provide a total solution. 

Step 1 of evaluation: assess mmWave platform compatibility

This table helps you identify the compatibility between TI’s evaluation and development tools for mmWave radar sensors.

mmWave evaluation & development platform overview and compatibility
mmWave antenna and sensor hardware
IWR6843AOPEVM
IWR6843ISK
IWR6843ISK-ODS
IWR1843BOOST
IWR1642BOOST
IWR1443BOOST
Antenna Field of view (FOV) Azimuth (degrees)
±60 ±60 ±60 ±60 ±60 ±60
Elevation (degrees) ±60 ±20  ±60 ±15 ±15 ±15
Angular resolution Azimuth (degrees)
29 20 29 15 15 15
Elevation (degrees) 29 58 29
no
no
60
Maximum distance Car (meters) 87 175
no
199 199 120
Person (meters) 49 98
no
37 37 47
Hardware compatibility MMWAVEICBOOST carrier
Yes
No
DCA1000 capture
Yes
LaunchPad™ development kit
Yes
Software compatibility mmWave SDK
Yes
mmWave Studio software
Yes
Industrial mmWave toolbox
Yes
mmWave sensing estimator
Yes
System solutions Reference design
Yes
No
Yes

Step 2 of evaluation: set up & run demos

After receiving your hardware, learn how to set up and run the applicable use case demonstrations on your platform using industrial toolbox demos and user's guides.

To learn more about your hardware, refer to the individual user’s guide of your selected EVM to get more understanding on the evaluation hardware and setup adjustments.

Development

Simplify your development tasks, and accelerate your time-to-market with our proven hardware, software tools, along with many examples we provide in our toolbox. Everything you need to move forward to production is at your fingertips. We are here to help you navigate the mmWave radar development process by offering you key supporting information for each of these phases. 

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In-house development

The following is organized by high-level phases of development and provides key references needed based on the customer’s direction. At the high-level of mmWave radar design, the below begins with software and is followed by hardware. The information is organized to support customers wanting to re-use our references as is and to customize their designs to meet specific product requirements.

System-software tuning & development

Quickly find software to copy directly as is or find useful sources and references to support your own software development or modifications of our software examples.

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Tune or modify TI's example radar applications

For customers wanting to slightly adjust the operation of an example software application to account for a different environments, use the below references to find a software example and understand what parameters to change to achieve your target results. The below is meant to support application software development.

Software sources
Description
Example
Reference designs Find proven industrial mmWave radar system designs
Reference designs
End equipment examples Start with specific end equipment example application software
Industrial toolbox labs
Experiments Consider software used in a variety of experiments
Industrial toolbox experiments
References
Description
Example
Guide Use ‘Configuration (.cfg) File Format’ section to understand parameters
SDK User's Guide under "Getting Started" chapter
HTML-based document Learn about our mmWave SDK by browsing and reading its extensive documentation
See mmWave SDK install directory under \docs\mmwave_sdk_module_documentation.html
Guide Detection layer tuning guide for 3D people counting
Detection layer parameter tuning guide
Guide Group tracker tuning guide for 3D people counting
Group tracker parameter tuning guide

Change radar data output format or interface

For customers needing to change the output data interface or format implemented in their selected reference software, use these resources to understand the existing structure and to help determine areas to modify for your system. The tables below are meant to support software development at a platform level.

Software sources
Description
Example
Software development kit (SDK) Refer to this software foundation for use or changes to desired peripheral interface.
mmWave SDK
References
Description
Example
Guide

Corresponding user’s guide for selected reference software

Note that output data format differs based on reference

Selected Lab User's Guide or SDK User's Guide for out-of-box demos
Guide Use software or driver documentation for alternate communication peripherals
SDK user's guide in "TI components" section under "MMWAVE SDK deep dive" chapter
HTML-based document Learn about our mmWave SDK by reading its extensive documentation once installed
See mmWave SDK install directory under \docs\mmwave_sdk_module_documentation.html

Modify radar processing in TI's PC visualizer application

For customers changing OFF-chip processing of the radar data in the selected software or in their specific system, use these resources to understand the tools and related information to change, capture and visualize data for the intended operation. The tables below are meant to support host processing and algorithm development.

Tools
Description
Example
Visualizers Use corresponding visualizer associated with selected reference software for iterating and analyzing potential changes
mmWave Demo Visualizer or specific visualizer associated with selected Lab
References
Description
Example
Guide Find implementation details of the out-of-box visualizer corresponding with the SDK demos
mmWave Demo Visualizer User's Guide
Guide Understand the detailed implementation of the visualizer corresponding with the selected reference software
Developers or Customization Guide in selected lab

Modify on-chip radar configurations and algorithms

For customers changing ON-chip processing of the radar data in the selected software or in their specific system, use these resources to understand the tools and related information to change, capture and analyze data for the intended operation. The tables below are needed to support embedded mmWave radar sensing algorithm development.

Tools
Description
Example
Online estimator Enables rapid prototyping by using real-time feedback based on scene parameters and mmWave radar chirp configurations
mmWave sensing estimator
Capture card Rely on DCA1000 real-time capture card to record raw radar ADC data from mmWave sensor hardware
DCA1000EVM data capture adapter
Deep analysis and development Download and use these software tools with DCA1000 to support deep analysis and signal processing development
mmWave studio software
References
Description
Example
Application note Learn how to select the correct chirp parameters based on the intended use case
Programming Chirp Parameters
Application note Discover how to interpret raw radar ADC data captured by DCA1000 and mmWave studio tools
mmWave Raw ADC Data Capture 
Training Learn how to use the DCA1000 capture card along with the associated mmWave studio tools
DCA1000 training video
Training Learn the detailed architecture and operation of the mmWave radar sensor SDK
mmWave training- SDK Deep Dive

Hardware design & manufacturing

Quickly find existing designs to copy directly as is or find useful information and references for your own hardware design, gain a better understanding of manufacturing and related tradeoffs and discover our support. 

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Use our hardware reference material as provided

For customers using our tools and not changing anything related to the RF characteristics, simply download and use the information corresponding with a selected reference as the basis for your hardware design.

References
Description
Example
EVMs Find mmWave radar sensor board files IWR6843AOPEVM design files
Reference designs Discover mmWave radar system solutions Industrial mmWave references

Modify our reference material for different performance and specifications

For customers changing RF characteristics of a selected hardware reference due to modifications of the PCB stack-up and antenna design, begin with our material and use the following information and tools to guide hardware development.

Tools
Description
Example
Database Find existing antenna designs and sources
TIREX antenna database
Online calculator Use scene parameters to find optimal chirp configuration
mmWave sensing estimator
Device models Find simulation model(s) for selected device IWR6843 models
References
Description
Example
Guide

Gain insight into mmWave radar RF design

Useful for engineers that are not experienced with RF PCB design

Design, manufacturing and validation guide
Design checklist Find detailed hardware design information and guidelines
Hardware design checklist
Application note Acquire critical knowledge about Radome design, test and qualification
mmWave radar radome design guide
Application note Improve angle resolution using multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) radar
MIMO radar application note
Application note Understand chirp configuration impact in FMCW radar systems
Programming chip parameters in radar devices

Find additional ideas and support

Consider these options for further optimization and support.

References
Description
Example
Application note Learn power optimization methods
Power management optimizations application note
Design review Submit your design files for our mmWave design review
mmWave design review

Third-party development

Third-party companies provide radar expertise in hardware and software including production ready turn-key solutions, radio frequency (RF) hardware and antenna design, radar algorithms, embedded software development and more. Find the right partner to address your design needs. 

Production

At this stage, your embedded software is operating on your hardware and iterative efforts are being made to comply with applicable regulations and finalize production test plans. Become familiar with the required tests and mitigation methods to improve your complete mmWave radar system in order to meet performance, quality and certification levels as you progress through system integration and into mass production.

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Prepare for the production phase

For customers preparing for or entering into a production phase, use this information to understand the general requirements for basic performance validation and different options for test setups.

References
Description
Example
Application note Learn the basics for production testing of mmWave radar systems
Production testing overview application report

Pursuing regulatory compliance

For customers pursuing regulatory compliance, use this information to understand TI’s recommendations for meeting key standards.

References
Description
Example
Application note Understand requirements to comply with regulatory standards for mmWave radar systems such as RED and FCC
Device regulatory compliance guide
Database Explore past certification results for relevant EVMs
Certification results

Address common challenges

Gain more insight and ideas for addressing common challenges related to mmWave radar systems.

Tools
Description
Example
Utility Useful tool to optimize memory associated with radar signal processing
Radar memory compression model
TI E2E™ support forums Receive fast and reliable technical support from our engineers throughout every step of your design. Sensor E2E forum
References
Description
Example
Application note Learn how to avoid or mitigate interference between different radar systems.
Interference mitigation