NXP pushes ahead in the radar market

April 17, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
NXP pushes ahead in the radar market
Among all sensor technologies, radar technology will play a key role in future vehicle generations and will remain a growth driver for NXP. The chip manufacturer has just signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Chinese radar specialist Hawkeye Technology. NXP's ADAS manager Steffen Spannagel explains how the technology will develop in this segment.

China is not only the world's largest market for cars, it also holds the record for market growth in automotive electronics. This is particularly true for radar technology as a key element in the field of sensors for automated driving. On a global average, the semiconductor manufacturer sees radar sensors growing by 20% annually - in China, the market is growing twice as fast at 40% per year. In view of these market opportunities, NXP wants to expand its standing in China. To this end, the Dutch chip manufacturer has now signed a strategic cooperation and investment agreement with Hawkeye Technology, one of the technology leaders in this market segment in China. The two companies intend to collaborate in the development of reference designs for the Chinese market. The aim is to support the Chinese Tier One companies in mastering the challenges of this complex technology through complete solutions and reference designs.

Radar technology is one of the supporting pillars of sensor equipment for higher levels of automation in vehicles. Nevertheless - or precisely because of this - a number of important changes and developments are being initiated in the field of radar sensor technology, which will shape this technology in the coming years. The focus of development in the future will be on the 77GHz frequency band, explained Steffen Spannagel, General Manager Product Line ADAS, Car Infotainment & Driver Assistance at NXP, in an interview with eeNews Europe. The 24GHz technology, which has already lost importance in recent years, will gradually be phased out.

At the same time, the development of radar sensors will become more differentiated in the future, Spannagel said. This has to do with the development of radar applications: originally developed for cruise control functions, blind spot detection was added later. Until then, "One Size fits All" applied. New applications are now emerging that require higher resolution for forward looking radar sensors. At the same time, blind spot detection is increasingly becoming the standard equipment in vehicles, even in the price-sensitive compact car class.

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