Sensors offer mmWave technology for industrial edge computing

Claimed to be the highest resolution single-chip, CMOS for industrial systems, Texas Instruments introduces a range of 60GHz sensors.

The IWR6x mmWave sensors enable industrial automation through on-chip processing capabilities, says the company, and provide real-time decision-making and signal processing. The 60GHz mmWave sensors will be the first to include antenna-on-package offerings to shrinking the size by up to 75 per cent and reduce overall cost.

Engineers can integrate mmWave technology into robotics, factory automation and building automation designs while leveraging the ISM band for broad deployment. The IWR6x sensors are built for industrial performance and provide up to 4.0GHz bandwidth to detect objects and motion up to 16 times more accurately than 24GHz narrowband solutions.

The IWR6x sensors integrate processing capabilities for the sensor to reduce false positives and make real-time decisions, eliminating the need for a microcontroller or processor in many edge systems.

They are also claimed to have the highest-resolution sensing. The mmWave sensors detect objects, people, and motion as fine as breathing and typing, with up to 16 times greater resolution than 24GHz sensors, says TI.

The sensors have enhanced system accuracy. According to TI, the 60GHz mmWave sensors improve the accuracy of existing systems by operating in crowded spaces; in various lighting and environmental conditions; and through materials such as glass, plastic and drywall. They also simplify industrial designs. The platform includes antenna-on-package, a scalable software platform, application-specific algorithms, and multiple reference designs, for immediate design starts.

Preproduction IWR6843 devices will be available from 12 November.  The IWR6843 modular development platform is also available now, together with additional antenna modules.

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