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Single-chip 60-GHz to 64-GHz automotive radar sensor integrating MCU and radar accelerator

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Parameters

Number of receivers 4 Number of transmitters 3 ADC sampling rate (Max) (MSPS) 25 Arm CPU ARM-Cortex R4F 200MHz Interface type 2 CAN-FD, I2C, QSPI, SPI, UART Hardware accelerators Radar hardware accelerator RAM 1472 Rating Automotive Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 125 open-in-new Find other Automotive mmWave radar sensors

Package | Pins | Size

FC/CSP (ABL) 161 108 mm² 10.4 x 10.4 open-in-new Find other Automotive mmWave radar sensors

Features

  • FMCW transceiver
    • Integrated PLL, transmitter, receiver, Baseband, and ADC
    • 60- to 64-GHz coverage with 4-GHz continuous bandwidth
    • Four receive channels
    • Three transmit channels
    • Supports 6-bit phase shifter
    • Ultra-accurate chirp engine based on fractional-N PLL
    • TX power: 12 dBm
    • RX noise figure:
      • 12 dB
    • Phase noise at 1 MHz:
      • –93 dBc/Hz
  • Built-in calibration and self-test
    • Arm Cortex-R4F-based radio control system
    • Built-in firmware (ROM)
    • Self-calibrating system across frequency and temperature
    • Embedded self-monitoring with no host processor involvement on Functional Safety-Compliant targeted devices
  • C674x DSP for advanced signal processing (AWR6843 only)
  • Hardware accelerator for FFT, filtering, and CFAR processing
  • Memory compression
  • Arm® Cortex®-R4F microcontroller for object detection, and interface control
    • Supports autonomous mode (loading user application from QSPI flash memory)
  • Internal memory with ECC
    • AWR6843:1.75 MB, divided into MSS program RAM (512 KB), MSS data RAM (192 KB), DSP L1RAM (64KB) and L2 RAM (256 KB), and L3 radar data cube RAM (768 KB)
    • AWR6443: 1.4 MB, divided into MSS program RAM (512 KB), MSS data RAM (192 KB), and L3 radar data cube RAM (768 KB)
    • Technical reference manual includes allowed size modifications
  • Other interfaces available to user application
    • Up to 6 ADC channels (low sample rate monitoring)
    • Up to 2 SPI ports
    • Up to 2 UARTs
    • 2 CAN-FD interfaces
    • I2C
    • GPIOs
    • 2 lane LVDS interface for raw ADC data and debug instrumentation
  • Functional Safety-Compliant targeted
    • Developed for functional safety applications
    • Documentation will be 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
  • Non-Functional safety variants
  • AEC-Q100 qualified
  • Power management
    • Built-in LDO network for enhanced PSRR
    • I/Os support dual voltage 3.3 V/1.8 V
  • Clock source
    • 40.0 MHz crystal with internal oscillator
    • Supports external oscillator at 40 MHz
    • Supports externally driven clock (square/sine) at 40 MHz
  • 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
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Description

The AWR device is an integrated single chip mmWave sensor based on FMCW radar technology capable of operation in the 60-GHz to 64-GHz band. It is built with TI’s low power45-nm RFCMOS process and enables unprecedented levels of integration in an extremely small formfactor. This is an ideal solution for low power, self-monitored, ultra-accurate radar systems in the automotive space. Multiple automotive qualified variants are currently available including Functional Safety-Compliant targeted devices and non-functional safety devices.

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* Data sheet AWR6443, AWR6843 Single-Chip 60- to 64-GHz mmWave Sensor datasheet (Rev. C) Apr. 01, 2021
* Errata AWR6443 Device Errata, Silicon Revision 2.0 Apr. 01, 2020
Application note mmWave Radar Radome Design Guide Aug. 17, 2021
Application note Memory Compression and Decompression Engine for TI mmwave Radar Dec. 02, 2019
White paper Using a complex-baseband architecture in FMCW radar systems Apr. 17, 2017

Design & development

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Hardware development

EVALUATION BOARD Download
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Description

AWR6843ISK is an easy-to-use 60 GHz mmWave sensor evaluation kit based on AWR6843 device. The AWR6843ISK may be used to evaluate the AWR6843 and AWR6443 devices. This board is powered by USB interface and enables access to point-cloud data over USB or CAN-FD interface.

This kit is supported by mmWave (...)

Features
  • 60- to 64-GHz mmWave sensor
  • Four receive (RX) three transmit (TX) antenna with 120° azimuth field of view (FoV) and 30° elevation FoV
  • Direct interface with MMWAVEICBOOST and DCA1000EVM
  • Supports 60-pin high-speed interface for host-controlling interface
  • Onboard capability for power-consumption monitoring
EVALUATION BOARD Download
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Description

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 (...)

Features
  • Supports lab and mobile collection scenarios
  • Captures LVDS data from AWR/IWR radar sensors
  • Streams output in real time through 1-Gbps Ethernet
  • Controlled via onboard switches or GUI/library
EVALUATION BOARD Download
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Description

The MMWAVEICBOOST carrier card expands capabilities of select 60 GHz mmWave evaluation modules. This board provides advanced software developement, debug features such as trace and single step via TI’s Code Composers compatible debuggers. On-board Launchpad interface enables pairing with (...)

Features
  • Modular connectivity to mmWave antenna plug-in module
  • BoosterPack™ plug-in module interface
  • Debug and emulation through onboard XDS110
  • DCA1000EVM interface for raw ADC data capture
  • Compatible with mmWave studio (MMWAVE-STUDIO) tools, including mmWave demo visualizer (MMWAVE-DEMO-VISUALIZER)

Reference designs

REFERENCE DESIGNS Download
Child-presence and occupant-detection reference design using 60-GHz antenna-on-package mmWave sensor
TIDEP-01023 This reference design demonstrates the use of the AWR6843AOP, a 60-GHz single-chip mmWave sensor with integrated antenna. The sensor also has an integrated DSP, MCU, and a hardware accelerator for fast Fourier transform (FFT) processing.

The AWR6843AOP sensor can help developers address a wide range (...)

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