DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS (ADAS)

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PARTNER

We work for OEMs, Tier 1 or Tier 2 automotive suppliers to design, develop and manufacture advanced driver assistance systems customized to their requirements. More than 10 million of automobiles worldwide already carry radar sensors designed by smartmicro.

ENGINEERING SERVICES AND SUPPORT

smartmicro delivers the overall system design, does the automotive product development, verification testing, end-of-line test development and all other work tasks. We take care of A, B and in some cases even C sample development as well as CAD and production line design that are mass production ready.

BUILDING ON EXISTING PLATFORMS

We can build the development of such products on existing, mature platform designs. Many platforms are already in production, which reduces risks to a minimum and results in a short time to market. It also saves cost and resources for our customers.

DEVELOPING CUSTOMIZED SOLUTIONS

Based on existing platforms we develop highly customized solutions that address the individual needs of a project. In close collaboration with our customers, we provide development services and ensure the highest quality standards.

HIGHEST PERFORMANCE AT LOWEST COST

Our radar technology takes autonomous driver assistance to the next level. We already provide sensors with the longest range and widest field of view. In the process, cost optimization of design and manufacturing is continuously addressed together with the customer.

PROFITING FROM LONG-TERM EXPERTISE

We have over 24 years of experience in the design and development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). With 170 employees, mostly highly specialized engineers with 10 years or more experience, smartmicro has a long and successful track record.

ADAS PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

OUR REFERENCE DESIGNS

smartmicro has been working for many 1st tier automotive suppliers, some of them being among the world’s top 10, to support their development and/or production programs. We design and develop radars according to end customer or OEM specifications. The sensors are then always built on the 1st tier's manufacturing line. Product support is provided as well as training for field application and production engineers.

In close cooperation with the leading semiconductor manufacturers, we create reference designs for automotive sensors and can build on several of our already developed platforms.

We can build on our already developed platforms, that are referred to as CAT or CATegory:

  • [CATegory 1-3] | at 24GHz
    • In production since 2009

 

  • CATegory 4 | 4D/UHD+ at 76-77GHz
    • Long- and Medium-Range Radar – up to 240m range and 2-degree angular separation with over 100-degree field of view
    • For forward-looking applications like Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), or Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
    • 360-degree sensor fusion possible
    • Targeting EuNCAP standards
  • CATegory 5 | 4D/UHD at 76-81GHz
    • Short-, Medium- and Long-Range Radar – up to 130m range, over 150-degree field of view
    • For rear corner applications like Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Change Assist (LCA(C)), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Rear Collision Warning (RCW), or Exit Assist
    • For front corner applications like Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA)
    • Ultra-short-range mode for parking with 5cm resolution
    • Optional integration into head/rear lamps
    • 360-degree sensor fusion possible
    • Targeting EuNCAP standards
  • CATegory 6 | 4D/UHD at 76-81GHz
    • Short-Range Radar, widest field of view
    • Parking assistance
    • Door/Trunk/Frunk applications like Gesture & Obstacle Detection
    • 360-degree sensor fusion possible
  • CATegory 7 | 4D/UHD at 60-64GHz
    • In-Cabin Radar (Ultra-Short-Range Radar)
    • For interior applications like Child Presence Detection (CPD), Intrusion Detection, Seat Belt Reminder (SBR), Gesture & Motion Detection
    • Cabin coverage: up to 3 rows
    • Targeting EuNCAP standards
  • CATegory 8 | 4D/Imaging at 76-81GHz
    • Imaging radar with true resolution in 2 axes (azimuth and elevation)
    • Long- and Medium-Range Radar - up to 300m range and 1-degree angular separation, with 100-degree field of view
    • For forward applications like Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) or Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
    • Targeting EuNCAP standards

 

IN-CABIN AUTOMOTIVE RADAR

Child Presence Detection

The smartmicro-designed interior radar was developed to increase the safety of the most vulnerable car passengers – small children. Featuring Child Presence Detection, the 60GHz sensor detects movement such as the heartbeat and breathing of a child inside a vehicle and triggers an alarm. Compliant to Euro NCAP.

 

Unlike the common occupancy sensor mats integrated into each of the car seats, a single smartmicro-designed sensor can detect both - presence and movement - in the entire vehicle cabin. Thanks to the sensor's wide field of detection, infants are detected even if located in the vehicle’s footwells or hidden under a blanket.

THE LEVELS OF AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

APPLICATIONS SUPPORTED BY SMARTMICRO

LEVELS 0-2+

FRONT APPLICATIONS

• Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
• Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
• Forward Collision Warning (FCW)

LEVELS 0-2+

SIDE / REAR APPLICATIONS

• Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
• Lane Change Assist (LCA)
• Front / Rear Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA / RCTA)
• Rear Collision Warning (RCW)
• Door Open Warning (DOW) / Exist Assist
• Parking Aid (PAID)

LEVELS 3-5

360-DEGREE APPLICATIONS

• Automated Driving System (ADS)
• Traffic Jam Assist (TJA)
• Automated Valet Parking (AVP)

The best partner for ADAS

DESIGN KNOW-HOW

We are typically responsible for the A, B and in some cases C sample development and for mechanical and end-of-line test design. In all cases, smartmicro does the overall system design, development, sample manufacturing and verification testing including:

  • Antenna system, RF hardware, transmit waveform
  • Complete hardware, digital and RF
  • Signal processing software
  • Object tracking software and function algorithm (warning, distance control etc.)
  • Vehicle data, other sensor data and radar data fusion algorithms

Cost optimization during design and manufacturing is continuously addressed in close cooperation with the customer.

TRACK RECORD

Millions of vehicles worldwide carry radar sensors designed by smartmicro. smartmicro has invented the Lane Change Assist (LCA) radar in partnership with Audi and started production in 2006 with a production partner. The patented technology was later enhanced by introducing additional functions like Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Assist (RCTA) and Rear Collision Warning (RCW).

Longer range Forward Collision Warning (FCW) sensors went in production in 2008. Today, 76-81GHz sensors are developed and mass-produced for all types of corner radar applications, with up to 5GHz bandwidth and 130m range, as well as for Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and other functions in the 6th generation. Customers like Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Mazda, Porsche, PSA and Hyundai/Kia use smartmicro technology.

BACKGROUND

Prof. Dr. Hermann Rohling and Dr. Ralph Mende worked at the Technical University of Braunschweig on automotive radar since 1993 and founded smartmicro in 1997.

We have over 24 years of experience in the design and development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

OUR FACILITIES 

Design, Development and Testing

On the smartmicro premises spacious facilities are available for the automotive frequency range 76-81GHz, among those are:

  • Design tools
    For antennas, RF design, digital design, mechanical CAD
  • Prototype manufacturing
    High precision automated SMT, mechanical prototyping equipment
  • Lab test equipment
    Antenna test, RF test, digital test, target simulators
  • Anechoic chambers
    Five for development, four for production
  • Environmental test equipment
    Thermo/hydro test chambers
  • Vehicle test equipment
    Special on-vehicle radar test stands, radar test car fleet
  • Development and test tools
    CAN/Ethernet data logger
  • Automated radar performance benchmarks
  • Testing FIRST framework
    • Automated test of software
    • Automated test of configurations – all modes, waveforms, frequency bands of one sensor type
    • Automated test of all communication interfaces, power
    • Automated acceptance testing against functional specifications

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS AND QUALITY CONTROL

smartmicro has established an ISO9001 quality control system and executes ISO26262 (ASIL - functional safety) compliant development processes and products. The smartmicro Quality Assurance Team has developed software a set of rules for the design process / software design considering Automotive SPICE process definitions. smartmicro holds all software under strict version control and operates an issue tracking tool.

 

PRODUCTION AND END-OF-LINE TESTING

smartmicro runs an in-house production line comprising Surface Mount Technology (SMT), sensor assembly and automated end-of-line test equipment.

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