Mouser adds TI mmWave sensors to its line-up

Mouser Electronics is now stocking ultra-wideband millimetre wave (mmWave) sensors from Texas Instruments. The devices support frequencies from 76 to 81 GHz and are said by Mouser to deliver three times more accurate sensing and smaller footprint at a fraction of the power of other sensor technologies.

The TI mmWave sensors are self-contained, single-chip solutions based on frequency-modulated continuous wave radar technology.

Integrating entire mmWave blocks and analogue baseband signal chain for two transmitters and four receivers, the industrial IWR1642 and automotive AWR1642 sensors also feature an analogue-to-digital converter, programmable Arm Cortex-R4F microcontroller, and hardware accelerator, plus a high-performance DSP for radar signal processing.

The automotive-qualified AWR1642 sensors analyse and respond to an automobile’s nearby environment, resulting in improved safety and usability. The device enables multimode radar for processing complex urban environments and short-range radar for detecting automobiles, motorcycles and other dynamic objects up to 80 metres away with high accuracy.

Targeted at building automation, traffic monitoring and gesture recognition, the sensors are designed to detect the angle, range and velocity of objects, even in adverse conditions such as rain, fog, smoke and ambient light.

The devices also support radar for transport, with the ability to detect moving vehicles at a distance of 60 metres with incoming velocities of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

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