D3 Introduces Low-Cost, Low-Power Automotive Radar Sensor Featuring Latest Texas Instruments mmWave Technology 

Designed for automotive products, the DesignCore® RS-L1432U mmWave Radar Sensor features a one-inch cube form factor, a heat-spreading metal body, mounting tabs, and an easy-to-use USB serial interface.

Editor Contact: Tom Mayo, Product Manager, Radar, D3 (585) 429-1550 press@d3engineering.com

Rochester, NY – August 9, 2023 – D3, announced their DesignCore® RS-L1432U mmWave Radar Sensor, based on the Texas Instruments (TI) AWRL1432 device. Like D3’s existing miniature sensors in form and function, this new sensor enables the implementation of many different mmWave radar algorithms to measure, detect, and track. The RS-L1432U, however, is targeted for much lower power and lower volume costs for automotive applications. The production-intent sensor features a 1-inch cube form factor, heat-spreading metal body, and mounting tabs. It may be used with a PC, embedded platform, or stand-alone to facilitate field testing, sensing evaluation, algorithm development, and application demonstrations. 

Automotive applications supported by this sensor include parking assist, kick-to-open, and collision avoidance. Industrial applications include level sensing. The sensor can also be used in many other use cases with a tethered host processor or stand-alone.  

The sensor features the TI AWRL1432 single-chip radar IC integrating an Arm® core, radar accelerator, and complete radar subsystem. The RF front end integrates a PLL, two transmitters, three receivers, and a baseband ADC. The RFIC covers the 76 to 81 GHz band and features 11 dBm transmit power and a typical noise figure of 12.5 dB. The processing cores in the devices include an Arm® M4F® at 160 MHz for algorithms, object tracking, classification, and communications as well as a TI’s Radar Hardware Accelerator 1.2 for FFT, Log Magnitude, and CFAR operations. 

The main interface of the RS-L1432U is a single USB-C connector which can act as a power supply input as well as providing processed radar returns or other algorithm output over USB serial. Other interfacing options can be made available. 

The sensor is delivered pre-programmed with firmware from TI’s SDK. 

Pricing and Availability 

The DesignCore RS-L1432U mmWave Radar Sensor will be available at unit pricing of $299. Sign up to be alerted once the product becomes available for purchase at https://www.d3engineering.com/product/designcore-rs-l1432u-mmwave-radar-sensor/

Volume and ODM pricing are available by contacting D3 sales at sales@d3engineering.com.

About D3 

D3 is a 100% U.S.-based company that develops end-to-end solutions integrating sensors, connectivity, embedded processing and AI to deliver advanced perception for performance-critical applications. Using its proven DesignCore® product platforms and stage-gate development process, D3 helps its customers minimize the cost, schedule, and technical risks of product development for performance-critical applications. D3 is an Elite member of the NVIDIA Partner Network, an Intel Gold Partner, and a premium member of Texas Instruments’ third-party network. The company holds expertise in autonomous machines and robotics, electrification, sensing, imaging and optics, edge computing and detection algorithms. To support its products and services, the company offers ODM customization of hardware and software, validation testing and in-house manufacturing services. Learn more at www.D3Engineering.com.

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