Saturday, September 30, 2023

Software Defined Imaging Radar

By Sharad Bhowmick

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The SDIR is the first radar processing platform with flexible, software-defined sensors.

The company claims that the zVUE Radar Operating System provides a common software platform for next-generation radar fusion and perception.

The software-defined imaging radar (SDIR) platform by Zadar, combines a powerful radar operating system with novel statistical signal processing algorithms and flexible hardware platforms. It is the first radar processing platform with flexible, software-defined sensors. This platform is an easy-to-use, high-performance sensing solution for intelligent and automated systems that plug directly into a perception stack, moreover, it improves the potential of radar for a 250x detection performance improvement over existing technology. The SDIR bridges the long-standing gap between sensing hardware and perception software, allowing companies to unlock new levels of performance and safety. The SDIR is suitable for use in a wide variety of applications including automotive, robotics, and smart infrastructure applications.

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According to the company, the software-first radar platform combines a powerful Radar Operating System with novel statistical signal processing algorithms and flexible hardware platforms. The company calls it an integrated philosophy Software-Defined Imaging Radar. The full-stack approach helps achieve the potential of radar for a high detection performance improvement over any currently existing technology. Moreover, partial SDIR is achieved by connecting the company’s zVUE Radar Operating System to existing radar sensors. zVUE’s radar-aware data conditioning, connected radar fusion, and radar pre-perception algorithms are designed to improve any radar’s sensing performance.

The SDIR platforms offer a scalable platform for multiple use cases. The company claims that the zVUE Radar Operating System provides a common software platform for next-generation radar fusion and perception. zVUE performs 4D data conditioning, fuses connected radars, and provides radar preperception algorithms on all radar hardware, including third-party radars. Furthermore, the flexible software-defined sensors target three essential sensing classes: near-field, all-purpose, and ultra-performance. Each sensor integrates our SDIR technology and offers best-in-class performance and flexibility. zVUE manages any number of our sensors for a comprehensive sensing solution that covers every conceivable use case. The SDIR can be used in multiple industries including automotive, robotics, smart cities, etc.

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