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HomiRadar

Flexible and miniaturized radar modules for autonomous flying vehicles, robotics and industrial applications.

Objective

The main objective of this project is to develop a compact chip-set for a radar operating in the 122 GHz ISM band. This includes the design and  realization of off- and on-chip antennas. The target here is to provide SMD compatible radar modules without HF connections, offering  higher flexibility in several applications such as robotics and autonomous flying vehicles.

IHP's Contribution

IHP task is to design the 122GHz SoC including the transceiver front-end, mm-wave signal generation, mm-wave built-in self-test (BIST), etc. This chip-set will be fabricated in IHP’s 130 nm SiGe BiCMOS technology. In addition, IHP is developing on-chip antenna arrays as part of the transceiver. On the one hand, the target here is to provide higher output power and to offer beam-steering functionalities. On the other hand, thanks to the on-chip antennas, no additional HF-connection is needed between the front-end circuits and the antennas, which further simplifies the realization and packaging of the module

Funding

BMWi – ZIM Kooperationsprojekte, KF2123413ED4

Project Partners

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Universität Paderborn

Silicon Radar GmbH

AirRobot GmbH & Co.KG

PKTEC GmbH

The building and the infrastructure of the IHP were funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union, funds of the Federal Government and also funds of the Federal State of Brandenburg.