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Infineon Enters Partnership to Improve Safety of Autonomous Vehicles with Image Radar Software

January 19, 2020 by Luke James

German semiconductor manufacturer Infineon has entered into a partnership with Oculii on radar software solutions that it says will have a big impact on improving the safety of Autonomous Vehicles.

The collaboration will enable OEMs as well as Tier-1 suppliers to leverage both Oculii’s Virtual Aperture Imaging technology along with Infineon’s best-in-class chips connected in AURIX™ MCU and MMIC designs for high-resolution performance and at very affordable prices.

According to the Head of the Automotive Silicon Valley Innovation Center at Infineon, Ritesh Tyagi, the partnership “is another step by Infineon to leverage advanced software solutions around our best in class 77 GHz radar portfolio.”

Infineon Technologies is a semiconductor manufacturer based in Germany and was established over two decades ago in 1999, after the corporate spin-off of its parent company Siemens. Today, Infineon has employed over 41,000 people.

Having sold more than 100 million 77 GHz radar chips, it is quite clear that Infineon has become a world leader in developing safety technology. As of 2019, the company achieved sales of over €8.0 billion ($8.9 billion).


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Merging Specialties for Safer Autonomous Vehicles 

On the other hand, Radar solution developer Oculii takes pride in supplying high-resolution automotive cloud imaging radars customized for autonomous drones, self-driving cars, and robotic vehicles. It works with top-level corporations and investors based in Silicon Valley who provide them with robust and affordable platforms to help them achieve their autonomous vision.

Merging both companies' technological specialities will lead to a dramatic increase in angular resolution, improved safety, reliability, and efficiency while also cutting costs.

“Oculii’s Virtual Aperture Imaging technology combined with Infineon’s existing mass-manufactured automotive-grade radar solutions enable an increase in angular resolution without the need for multiple active transceivers or expensive antenna technologies,” Mr. Tyagi added.

His remarks were cemented by Steven Hong, Ph.D., the CEO of Oculii through his statement that read in part, “Our team has demonstrated that our software architecture can improve angular resolution and field of view by an order of magnitude. We are looking forward to collaborating with Infineon to bring this technology to the broader automotive market.”

Image Radar is a key technology in the autonomous market popularly applied in many areas: from military to aircraft, spaceships, guided missiles, and autonomous vehicles. The detection system applies the use of radio waves or digital signals to determine the angle, range or velocity of objects. They are integrated into automatic emergency braking and distant warning systems and thus help keep driving safe.

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