Novelda Announces Impulse Radar Sensor

January 12, 2011

The transceiver’s speed, resolution, and ability to see through obstacles opens new application areas, including medical, environmental, security, and industrial automation monitoring.

OSLO, Norway /PRNewswire/ -- Novelda AS announced a CMOS impulse radar transceiver designed for European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and FCC compliance within the 6.0 GHz to 8.5 GHz UWB-mask.

Novelda's mission is to develop and manufacture impulse radar technology as a new electromagnetic high-precision sensor for human vital sign monitoring, personal security, environmental monitoring, industrial automation, and other novel sensor applications.

The Novelda Impulse Radar is a complete CMOS radar transceiver, integrated on a single chip. The high bandwidth of the transmitted pulses offers unique penetration abilities and very high accuracy. The core technology of the Novelda impulse radar technology requires no clock, yielding higher speed and lower power.

The NVA6000 range of impulse-based radar chips provides an exciting and innovative solution to many sensor applications. The Novelda Nanoscale Impulse Radar emits electromagnetic pulses and then measures the backscattered (reflected) energy from objects in the surroundings. As radio waves have penetrating properties, reflections from hidden objects such as the heart in the human body or objects behind an obstacle can be detected due to the receivers' ultra-high sensitivity.

In addition to being an alternative to, or complementary to, existing technologies, such as image, ultrasound, and infrared sensors, it opens up for new application areas due to its speed and resolution and its ability to see through obstacles. No more lenses need to be cleaned, and thus the cost of ownership can be dramatically reduced in comparison with technologies requiring free visibility. Because the NVA6000-series chips are single-chip transceivers, they are very suitable for integration into small and mobile devices.

Novelda provides development kits and software for all available chips to help developers save time and cost for prototyping and concept development. The Novelda Development Kit is the starting point for any developer who wishes to develop applications based on the NVA6000 Impulse Radar chip. The hardware consists of one RF board and one I/O module, which are connected through pin header connectors. If desirable, the RF board can be used without the I/O module as a plug-in to existing prototype systems.

About Novelda AS
Novelda AS is a privately held, R&D driven, fabless semiconductor company, based in Norway and specializing in nanoscale wireless low-power technology for ultra-high resolution impulse radar. Novelda was founded in 2004 as an outspring from the University in Oslo, and there remains a close research and development cooperation with the university.

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