Novelda has second-generation CMOS radar chip

May 23, 2014 // By Peter Clarke
Novelda AS (Kviteseid, Norway), has announced the development of a second generation of its XeThru pulsed microwave radar sensor technology.

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.

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