XeThru is a microwave radar system integrated on a single CMOS chip that can act as ground-probing radar, a sensor for human vital signs monitoring, personal security, environmental monitoring, industrial automation and robotics.
"The core component of the XeThru technology is a high frequency CMOS chip combined with advanced signal processing algorithms. Our second-generation chip X2 (previously called 6201) is now fully tested and in production at TSMC in Taiwan," said Alf-Egil Bogen, who appointed CEO of Novelda in August 2013, in an article on the company's website.
The first-generation X1 chip – previously called the NVA6100 – has been designed into land mine detectors, snow depth measurement systems, rescue equipment and other applications. The X1 operates at a lower frequency than the X2 and can therefore look deeper into the ground and through walls, Bogen said. Data sheets are only available to those prepared to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
According to earlier discussions of Novelda technology by Frost & Sullivan in 2011 the technology is based on a "Continuous Time Binary Valued" design platform that does not involve the use of synchronous clock-based digital logic. This enables significantly lower power consumption, while accelerating the processing speed.