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Number of receivers 4 Number of transmitters 3 ADC sampling rate (Max) (MSPS) 37.5 Arm CPU Interface type MIPI-CSI2, SPI, UART DSP RAM 0 Rating Automotive Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 125
Number of receivers 4 Number of transmitters 3 ADC sampling rate (Max) (MSPS) 37.5 Arm CPU Interface type MIPI-CSI2, SPI, UART DSP RAM 0 Rating Automotive Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 125
FC/CSP (ABL) 161 108 mm² 10.4 x 10.4
  • FMCW transceiver
    • Integrated PLL, transmitter, receiver, Baseband, and A2D
    • 76- to 81-GHz coverage with 4 GHz available bandwidth
    • Four receive channels
    • Three transmit channels (two channels simultaneously for AWR1243 and all three channels simultaneously for AWR1243P)
    • Ultra-accurate chirp engine based on fractional-N PLL
    • TX power: 12 dBm
    • RX noise figure:
      • 14 dB (76 to 77 GHz)
      • 15 dB (77 to 81 GHz)
    • Phase noise at 1 MHz:
      • –95 dBc/Hz (76 to 77 GHz)
      • –93 dBc/Hz (77 to 81 GHz)
  • Built-in calibration and self-test
    • Built-in firmware (ROM)
    • Self-calibrating system across frequency and temperature
  • Host interface
    • Control interface with external processor over SPI
    • Data interface with external processor over MIPI D-PHY and CSI2 V1.1
    • Interrupts for fault reporting
  • Functional Safety-Compliant targeted
    • Developed for functional safety applications
    • Documentation is available to aid ISO 26262 functional safety system design
    • Hardware integrity up to ASIL B targeted
    • Safety-related certification
      • ISO 26262 certification by TUV Sud planned
  • AEC-Q100 qualified
  • AWR1243 advanced features
    • Embedded self-monitoring with no host processor involvement
    • Complex baseband architecture
    • Option of cascading multiple devices to increase channel count
    • Embedded interference detection capability
  • Power management
    • Built-in LDO network for enhanced PSRR
    • I/Os support dual voltage 3.3 V/1.8 V
  • Clock source
    • Supports externally driven clock (square/sine) at 40 MHz
    • Supports 40 MHz crystal connection with load capacitors
  • Easy hardware design
    • 0.65-mm pitch, 161-pin 10.4 mm × 10.4 mm flip chip BGA package for easy assembly and low-cost PCB design
    • Small solution size
  • Supports automotive temperature operating range
  • FMCW transceiver
    • Integrated PLL, transmitter, receiver, Baseband, and A2D
    • 76- to 81-GHz coverage with 4 GHz available bandwidth
    • Four receive channels
    • Three transmit channels (two channels simultaneously for AWR1243 and all three channels simultaneously for AWR1243P)
    • Ultra-accurate chirp engine based on fractional-N PLL
    • TX power: 12 dBm
    • RX noise figure:
      • 14 dB (76 to 77 GHz)
      • 15 dB (77 to 81 GHz)
    • Phase noise at 1 MHz:
      • –95 dBc/Hz (76 to 77 GHz)
      • –93 dBc/Hz (77 to 81 GHz)
  • Built-in calibration and self-test
    • Built-in firmware (ROM)
    • Self-calibrating system across frequency and temperature
  • Host interface
    • Control interface with external processor over SPI
    • Data interface with external processor over MIPI D-PHY and CSI2 V1.1
    • Interrupts for fault reporting
  • Functional Safety-Compliant targeted
    • Developed for functional safety applications
    • Documentation is available to aid ISO 26262 functional safety system design
    • Hardware integrity up to ASIL B targeted
    • Safety-related certification
      • ISO 26262 certification by TUV Sud planned
  • AEC-Q100 qualified
  • AWR1243 advanced features
    • Embedded self-monitoring with no host processor involvement
    • Complex baseband architecture
    • Option of cascading multiple devices to increase channel count
    • Embedded interference detection capability
  • Power management
    • Built-in LDO network for enhanced PSRR
    • I/Os support dual voltage 3.3 V/1.8 V
  • Clock source
    • Supports externally driven clock (square/sine) at 40 MHz
    • Supports 40 MHz crystal connection with load capacitors
  • Easy hardware design
    • 0.65-mm pitch, 161-pin 10.4 mm × 10.4 mm flip chip BGA package for easy assembly and low-cost PCB design
    • Small solution size
  • Supports automotive temperature operating range

The AWR1243 device is an integrated single-chip FMCW transceiver capable of operation in the 76- to 81-GHz band. The device enables unprecedented levels of integration in an extremely small form factor. AWR1243 is an ideal solution for low power, self-monitored, ultra-accurate radar systems in the automotive space.

The AWR1243 device is a self-contained FMCW transceiver single-chip solution that simplifies the implementation of Automotive Radar sensors in the band of 76 to 81 GHz. It is built on TI’s low-power 45-nm RFCMOS process, which enables a monolithic implementation of a 3TX, 4RX system with built-in PLL and A2D converters. Simple programming model changes can enable a wide variety of sensor implementation (Short, Mid, Long) with the possibility of dynamic reconfiguration for implementing a multimode sensor. Additionally, the device is provided as a complete platform solution including TI reference designs, software drivers, sample configurations, API guides, and user documentation.

The AWR1243 device is an integrated single-chip FMCW transceiver capable of operation in the 76- to 81-GHz band. The device enables unprecedented levels of integration in an extremely small form factor. AWR1243 is an ideal solution for low power, self-monitored, ultra-accurate radar systems in the automotive space.

The AWR1243 device is a self-contained FMCW transceiver single-chip solution that simplifies the implementation of Automotive Radar sensors in the band of 76 to 81 GHz. It is built on TI’s low-power 45-nm RFCMOS process, which enables a monolithic implementation of a 3TX, 4RX system with built-in PLL and A2D converters. Simple programming model changes can enable a wide variety of sensor implementation (Short, Mid, Long) with the possibility of dynamic reconfiguration for implementing a multimode sensor. Additionally, the device is provided as a complete platform solution including TI reference designs, software drivers, sample configurations, API guides, and user documentation.

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AWR1243 is part of TI's award-winning mmWave sensor portfolio. Recent acknowledgements include:

  • CES 2018 Innovation Award Honoree in three categories
  • Electronic Products 2017 Product of the Year in the sensing category
  • 2017 Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Award for Sensor of the Year
  • Elektronik 2018 Reader’s Choice Product of the Year in active components category

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* Data sheet AWR1243 Single-Chip 77- and 79-GHz FMCW Transceiver datasheet (Rev. C) 09 Apr 2020
* Errata AWR1243 Device Errata Silicon Revisions 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 (Rev. D) 31 Dec 2020
Application note mmWave Radar Radome Design Guide 17 Aug 2021
Application note mmWave Production Testing Overview 10 Apr 2021
Application note Self-Calibration of mmWave Radar Devices (Rev. A) 02 Dec 2020
Application note Power Management Optimizations - Low Cost LC Filter Solution (Rev. A) 11 Nov 2020
White paper The fundamentals of millimeter wave radar sensors (Rev. A) 27 Aug 2020
User guide AWR1443BOOST, AWR1243 EVM mmWave Sensing Solution User's Guide (Rev. C) 19 May 2020
Technical article Enabling the highest performance front-end radar to help bring Vision Zero into reality 25 Mar 2020
Application note Programming Chirp Parameters in TI Radar Devices (Rev. A) 13 Feb 2020
Application note AWR1xx and AWR22xx Data Path Programmer’s Guide (Rev. A) 13 Feb 2020
User guide AWRx Cascaded Radar RF Evaluation Module (MMWCAS-RF-EVM) User's Guide (Rev. A) 13 Feb 2020
Application note AWR1243 Bootloader Flow (Rev. B) 06 Feb 2020
Application note Interference Management Using AWR/IWR Devices 03 Jan 2020
Design guide Imaging Radar Using Cascaded mmWave Sensor Reference Design (Rev. A) 25 Jul 2019
Application note How to select the right proximity sensor technology 19 Jul 2019
Application note AWR2243 Cascade (Rev. B) 16 May 2019
Application note MIMO Radar (Rev. A) 26 Jul 2018
White paper mmWave radar: Enabling greater intelligent autonomy at the edge 06 Jun 2018
Technical article Tips for designing a robust computer vision system for self-driving cars 09 May 2018
Application note TI mmWave Radar sensor RF PCB Design, Manufacturing and Validation Guide 07 May 2018
Technical article Smart sensors are going to change how you drive (because eventually, you won’t) 25 Apr 2018
Application note CMOS MMIC Ready for Road – A Technology Overview 28 Feb 2018
Technical article The picture of the distance: Detecting range to help mmWave sensors understand their environment 22 Feb 2018
White paper Reliability advantages of TI flip-chip BGA packaging 25 Jan 2018
White paper 77GHz single chip radar sensor enables automotive body and chassis applications 12 Dec 2017
Application note XWR1xxx Power Management Optimizations - Low Cost LC Filter Solution 16 Oct 2017
White paper Moving from legacy 24GHz to state-of-the-art 77GHz radar 06 Oct 2017
White paper Cities grow smarter through innovative semiconductor technologies 07 Jul 2017
More literature TI Resource Explorer (TIREX) mmWave Training Series 15 May 2017
Application note System Performance Measurement With the mmWave Sensor 10 May 2017
White paper AWR1243 sensor: Integrated 76- to 81-GHz radar front end for emerging ADAS apps 17 Apr 2017
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AWR1243BOOST — AWR1243 76-GHz to 81-GHz high-performance automotive MMIC evaluation module

The AWR1243 BoosterPack™ plug-in module is an easy-to-use evaluation board for the single-chip AWR1243 mmWave sensing device.

AWR1243BOOST contains everything required to start developing using the MMWAVE-STUDIO environment and the DCA1000 real-time data capture adapter.

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DCA1000EVM — Real-time data-capture adapter for radar sensing evaluation module

The DCA1000 evaluation module (EVM) provides real-time data capture and streaming for two- and four-lane low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) traffic from TI AWR and IWR radar sensor EVMs. The data can be streamed out via 1-Gbps Ethernet in real time to a PC running the MMWAVE-STUDIO tool for (...)

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Firmware

MMWAVE-DFP — mmWave device firmware package (DFP)

mmWave –DFP is a device firmware package for TI’s 77GHz RF transceiver devices (AWR1243, AWR2243). This package provides firmware/ROM patches and API that provides seamless control and configuration for the RF operation in real-time from an external host device as well as allow periodic (...)
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mmWave Studio is a collection of tools that enhance the evaluation of TI mmWave sensors. These easy-to-use tools provide capability to evaluate and prototype chirp designs and experiment with the out-of-the-box demo. The tools are hosted directly on TI.com and enable interaction with the mmWave (...)
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UNIFLASH — UniFlash stand-alone flash tool for microcontrollers, Sitara™; processors and SimpleLink™

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Simulation model

AWR1243 and AWR1443 IBIS Model

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AWR1243 BSDL Model (Rev. A)

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MMWAVE-3P-SEARCH — mmWave radar sensors third-party search tool

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