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Radar Technologies for Automotive 2018
Nov.2017

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Note from the publisher: the report will be available December 27, 2017.

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How will radar sensor technology shape the cars of the future? Prepare for the automotive sensor industry’s golden age, in which radar will be increasingly viewed as a key technology for autonomous vehicles.

AUTOMOTIVE IS EXPERIENCING AN EXPLOSION OF NEW HIGH-TECH APPLICATIONS

Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-change assist are some examples of these new applications. Spurred by the New Car Assessment Program, OEMs are designing cars with numerous sensors that enable applications like these. And since most of these new applications are safety-related, the sensors must be highly accurate. This means very tight specifications for object detection and classification, as well as being ultra-reliable: operable in every weather condition, in poor lighting, near or far, and with a wide field of view. Radar technology is well-suited to fulfill most of these requirements. We say “most” because object classification is not currently possible with radar, but certain companies are moving quickly to unlock this capability in imaging radar.

Yole Explosion Of Automotive Applications

Radar has an impressive technology roadmap allowing for huge resolution improvement as well as device miniaturization and cost reduction. Despite small growth (~3%) in global car sales until 2022, Yole Développement expects an average growth rate of 25% for radar module sales, and an average growth rate of 22% for radar chip sales over the next five years - with autonomous driving being the next long-term driver for radar technology growth.

Yole Vehicle Automation Process

 

IN THIS HIGHLY DYNAMIC MARKET, MILLIMETER WAVE TECHNOLOGY IS AT THE EPICENTER

77 GHz radar in W band development is overtaking the current mainstream 24 GHz offer in the unlicensed ISM (industrial, scientific, medical) band. 77 GHz radar combines better range coverage (thanks to its “full power” mode) and larger available bandwidth, thus improving range resolution and accuracy by a factor of 20x. Other benefits include its 3x smaller form factor and improved velocity resolution.

Yole Radar Technology Evolution

Radar architectures have reached a new level of complexity, requiring innovation in antenna design, complex modulation techniques, and target resolution algorithms. Multi-beam, multi-range requirements have led to complex antenna arrays that are multiplying transmit-and-receive paths and adding 3D detection capability. Chipmakers have developed new chips to support these stringent requirements, increasing the number of channels that a single chip can handle.

Integration is another big area for exploration. A battle is underway between the well-established SiGe technology and the more recent RFCMOS platform, which is quickly becoming a reality thanks to players like Texas Instruments - which has spent the last decade developing RFCMOS technology.

A WELL-ESTABLISHED SUPPLY CHAIN IS FACING UNPRECEDENTED COMPETITION

Innovative startups like Metawave and Uhnder, which are proposing disruptive technologies for very high resolution electronic steerable antennas and imaging radar, are competing head-to-head with well-established module makers like Continental and Bosch. Regarding automotive 77 GHz radar chips based on a 130nm SiGe platform, NXP and Infineon are the top suppliers, with other big semiconductor companies like Texas Instruments and ADI offering products based on advanced CMOS nodes (down to 28nm). Foundries are also positioning themselves in this ecosystem. For example, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and its 22FDX platform, TOWERJAZZ and its 180nm SiGe platform, and UMS too. It is exciting to see such a wide diversity of technology offerings, a clear confirmation of the automotive radar market’s traction. However, penetrating the automotive market with new technologies is no easy task. On the contrary,  entering and maintaining a position in the automotive supply chain is a long, trust-based process.

We are certainly entering a new “radar age”, with many developments, disruptive technologies, and new entrants positioning this technology as the primary sensor - along with imaging (cameras) for ADAS and autonomous vehicles.

Yole Radar long term evolution

Objectives of the Report

This report’s objectives are to:

Ecosystem identification and analysis:

  • Defining the application range
  • Technical market segmentation
  • Market trends and forecasts
  • Key players, by market and analysis

Analysis and description of markets and technologies involved:

  • Detailed applications per market segment
  • Major actors, worldwide
  • Technology trends
  • Main technical challenges

 

Table of contents

Scope of the report 5


 

Introduction, definition & methodology 15 


 


Executive Summary 30 


 

History and overview 45 


> History of radar
> Frequency regulation
> Automotive use cases
> Benchmark with camera, Lidar and Ultrasonic

 

 

Market forecast 65 


> Market drivers
> Radar modules ($M, units)
> Radar chips ($M, units)
> Market share 

 

Supply chain & ecosystem 80 


> Ecosystem
> Module maker
> Chip maker
> Start up landscape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technology overview 90


> Radar architecture
> Modulation techniques
> Antenna technologies
> Digital and analog beam forming
> Introduction to software

 

Radar evolution trend 110 


> From dedicated to multimode
> Resolution, 3D and imaging
> Antenna and beam management
> Chip integration, node shrinking

 

Other radio based technology introduction 25


> WiFi, BT, NFC
> GNSS
> Vehicle communication technology, V2X

 

Conclusions & perspectives 135


 

Yole Développement presentation 140


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Companies cited

Acura
Airgain
Alfa Romeo
Analog Device
Anatel
Arbe Robotics
Argo AI
ARTSys360
Autoliv
Autoroad
Automotive Distance System Control
Audi
Bentley
BMW
Bosch
Broadcom
Bugatti
Buick
Chevrolet
Chrysler
Codha Wireless
Commsignia
Continental
Cruise
Cypress
Daihatsu
Denso-Ten
Delphi
Echodyne
Fiat
Fomoco
Ford
Furuno
Geely
Gemalto
General Motor
GlobalFoundry
GMC
Hamaton
Harada
Harman
Hella
Honda
Hyundai
IMST
InnoSent
Infineon
Infinity
Jaguar
Jeep
Kia
Laird
Lesswire
Lexus
Lincoln
LM technologies

Mando
Marvell
Maxim
Integrated
Mercedes
Metawave
Melexis
Mini
Mitsubishi
Murata
Nanoradar
Neteera
Nissan
Novatel
NuTonomy
NXP
Oculii
Omniradar
Ottomatika
Oryx
OriginGPS
Panasonic
Peugeot
Porsche
Redpine signals
Renault
Qorvo
Qualcomm
Range Rover
Samsung
SAIC
SEAT
Semtech
Sierra Wireless
Skyworks
Skoda
ST Microelectronic
Subaru
Telit
Tesla
Texas Instrument
Tata
Toshiba
Toyota
TowerJazz
TpsCo
Trimble
Ublox
Uhnder
United Monolithic Semiconductors
Valeo
Vayyar
olkswagen
Volvo
Wieson
ZF-TRW and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEY FEATURES OF THE REPORT

  • Automotive radar module market forecast (Mu & $M) through 2022
  • Automotive radar chip market forecast (Mu & $M) through 2022
  • Automotive radar landscape/ecosystem mapping
  • Technology overview
  • Technology trends: integration, performance improvement