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Advanced Automotive Radar Helps Increase Driver Safety

May 26, 2011

Analog Devices’ analog front-end for automotive radar enables adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection in a single, cost-competitive IC.

NORWOOD, MA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Automotive safety is evolving from passive systems such as seat belts, airbags and crash detection to active sensing networks capable of collision avoidance and accident prevention. Radar is an especially promising active safety improvement and has the potential to significantly reduce the number and severity of distracted driving accidents. Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), whose integrated inertial sensing iMEMS technology helped make airbags a standard automotive safety feature over 15 years ago, is introducing an affordable, high-performance, radar AFE (analog front-end) IC today. Watch this video to learn more about automotive radar and the AD8283 Radar AFE.

ADI's highly integrated AD8283 automotive radar AFE IC includes the receive path signal conditioning and data capture circuitry to enable end systems for adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and other radar-based detection and avoidance applications.

"Thanks to national vehicle safety legislation, such as the introduction of legislation requiring mandatory installation of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), fewer drivers died on US roads last year than at any time since 1949*," said Thomas Wessel, vice president, automotive group, Analog Devices. "This is largely due to the fact that automotive safety has entered the era of the intelligent vehicle, and affordable in-car radar systems with excellent target classification and range resolution are a key feature of that. As in-car radar moves from a luxury option to a standard safety feature, the AD8283 automotive radar AFE will allow designers to program the settings they need for different operating conditions and meet the automotive industry's exacting quality and cost requirements."

Performance Radar in an AEC-Q100 Qualified IC
The six-channel AD8283 is AEC-Q100 qualified and operates over the –40°C to +105°C automotive temperature range. The new device allows a radar system to receive a higher number of transmitted signals and decode them for target identification and classification. This translates to more time on target, which improves the radar's ability to resolve the approximate size of the target.

The AD8283 integrates a 12-bit, 80-MSPS (million samples per second) A/D converter with 67-dB SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) and 68-dB SFDR (spurious-free dynamic range). It features on-chip signal conditioning, including a programmable-gain amplifier, low-noise amplifier, and a programmable, third-order, low-pass elliptic filter. The AD8283 is gain-programmable via an SPI port in 6-dB steps from 16 dB to 34 dB and has <3.5nV/√Hz input-referred voltage noise at maximum gain. The new AFE has 200-Ω or 200-kΩ selectable input impedance and consumes only 170-mW per channel.

Availability, Pricing and Complementary Components

Product Sample Availability Full Volume Production Price Each in 1000 Quantities Packaging
AD8283 YES YES $12.00 LFCSP

As part of a complete radar implementation, the AD8283 can be paired with ADI's ADF4158 PLL (phase locked loop).

About Analog Devices
Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "ADI" and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): Traffic Fatalities in 2010 Drop to Lowest Level in Recorded History, April 1, 2011 www.nhtsa.gov.

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