MMWCAS-RF-EVM

mmWave cascade imaging radar RF evaluation module

MMWCAS-RF-EVM

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Overview

The MMWCAS-RF evaluation module (EVM) is a sensing solution from TI implementing a four-device cascaded array of AWR1243 or AWR2243 devices. In this cascaded radar configuration, a single master device distributes a 20-GHz local-oscillator (LO) signal between all four devices, allowing these four devices to operate as a single RF transceiver. This enables support for up to 12 transmit (TX) and 16 receive (RX) antenna elements. In TX beamforming, beamsteering, and multiple-input, multiple-output/single-input, multiple-output (MIMO/SIMO) use cases, the larger number of antenna elements allows for higher signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and superior angular resolution compared to a single-device system.

MMWCAS-RF-EVM is supported by standard mmWave tools and software, including mmWave Studio (MMWAVE-STUDIO) and the mmWave device firmware package (MMWAVE-DFP).

MMWCAS-RF-EVM must be paired with the mmWave cascaded imaging radar DSP evaluation module (MMWCAS-DSP-EVM) (sold separately). MMWCAS-DSP-EVM provides radar data capture and storage capability.

For new designs using this board, only use AWR2243 part XA2243PBGABL.

Features
  • Imaging radar
  • Longer-range TX beamforming and beamsteering
  • High angular resolution MIMO
Automotive mmWave radar sensors
AWR2243 76-GHz to 81-GHz automotive second-generation high-performance MMIC

 

Clock buffers
LMK00804B Low skew, 1-to-4 multiplexed differential/LVCMOS-to-LVCMOS/TTL fanout buffer

 

Multi-channel ICs (PMIC)
LP87524P-Q1 Automotive multiphase 4MHz, 3A/1.0V + 3A/1.0V + 2.5A/1.8V + 1.5A/1.2V buck converters for AWR MMICs

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MMWCAS-RF-EVM – mmWave cascade imaging radar RF evaluation module

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Design files

MMWCAS-RF-EVMCAD Files Revision D TIDM464.ZIP (66370 KB) MMWCAS-RF-EVMCAD Files Revision C TIDRZZ6.ZIP (51250 KB)

Technical documentation

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* User guide AWRx Cascaded Radar RF Evaluation Module (MMWCAS-RF-EVM) User's Guide (Rev. A) Feb. 13, 2020
Data sheet AWR2243 Single-Chip 76- to 81-GHz FMCW Transceiver datasheet (Rev. A) Jun. 23, 2020
Data sheet AWR1243 Single-Chip 77- and 79-GHz FMCW Transceiver datasheet (Rev. C) Apr. 09, 2020
Technical article Enabling the highest performance front-end radar to help bring Vision Zero into reality Mar. 25, 2020
Certificate MMWCAS-RF-EVM EU Declaration of Conformity (DoC) (Rev. A) Nov. 01, 2019
Technical article Imaging radar: one sensor to rule them all Jul. 09, 2019

Related design resources

Hardware development

EVALUATION BOARD
MMWCAS-DSP-EVM mmWave cascade imaging radar DSP evaluation module

Software development

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT KIT (SDK)
PROCESSOR-SDK-TDAX Processor SDK for TDAx ADAS SoCs - Linux and TI-RTOS Support
FIRMWARE
MMWAVE-DFP mmWave device firmware package (DFP)
IDE, CONFIGURATION, COMPILER OR DEBUGGER
MMWAVE-STUDIO mmWave studio

Reference designs

REFERENCE DESIGN
TIDEP-01012 Imaging radar using cascaded mmWave sensor reference design

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Firmware

MMWAVE-DFP
mmWave device firmware package (DFP) for 1st-generation AWR1243 parts

Version: 01.02.06.03
Release date: 11 Jun 2020
MMWAVE DFP INSTALLER
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Software programming tool

UNIFLASH
UniFlash for most TI microcontrollers (MCUs) and mmWave sensors

Version: 6.4.0
Release date: 03 Aug 2021
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IDE, configuration, compiler or debugger

MMWAVE-STUDIO-2G
mmWave studio GUI tools for 2nd-generation parts (xWR2243)

Version: 03.00.00.14
Release date: 25 Aug 2020
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