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MIMO EvalKit

MIMO Radar Evaluation Kit is the  outcome of research and development conducted from the Silicon Radar (https://siliconradar.com/) and Echoes teams. MIMO Radar will introduce you to 2D radar positioning, distance and speed measurement, as well as functions for real world testing. It features a complete design environment. Based on a fully embedded system you will get a plug and play MIMO radar after installing the included software package on your PC – an easy and cost-effective way to evaluate your ideas and reduce development time.

Hardware

The MIMO Radar Chip is placed on an interchangeable PCB, the front end board. Beyond the chip it includes the radar antennas. The front end board is controlled by the base band board which is also included. Here the data from the radar chip gets digitized. Underlying these two boards a processing board handles further DSP and the connection of the MIMO evaluation board to your PC. The power is supplied via USB, as well as the connection to a PC. Alternatively, the integrated WIFI module can be used for data transmission.
The current standard evaluation system contains a 24 GHz MIMO front end. Further frontends will be available in the future

 

Software

The software provides the user with several ways to visualize and adjust the radar data using a standalone GUI. You can easily change system parameters and immediately see the results in the GUI. Another option is to make use of the comprehensive description of the communication protocol. This enables you to program your own DSP.

You may implement our free API used in the EvalKit in your products to output raw data using the same protocol as the EvalKit. For further Radar DSP in your product we provide open source libraries. For MIMO DSP software modules are available (please ask for terms of a license) or you can simply program your own DSP.

 

Features

  • Standalone GUI
  • Communication to PC via Ethernet
  • Embedded software for radar signal processing
  • Target recognition
  • Selectable bandwidth: 500 MHz – 3 GHz
  • Max. range resolution: 7.5 cm

 

Scope of delivery

1 x EvalKit including :

  • 24 GHz MIMO radar front end
  • baseband board
  • controller board with Ethernet
  • Software installation package

Contact our team today to discuss your requirements or to get a sales quote.


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PEGASUS

PEGASUS is a passive radar system used for providing detection and tracking capability for aerial and maritime surveillance. The system exploits illuminators of opportunity such as commercial broadcast and communications signals (i.e. UMTS, DVB-T, LTE, DVB-S).

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Because of the continuous increase of the aerial and maritime traffic, surveillance systems are demanded to enhance the airport and harbour surveillance without affecting the e.m. pollution levels. PEGASUS is a GREEN technology since it does not emit electromagnetic signals.

PEGASUS offers an effective solution for homeland security without employing transmitters, therefore minimizing costs and power consumption. No e.m. emissions allow to safely install PEGASUS in sensible areas like densely populated urban area, national parks, critical infrastructures etc. This can include the monitoring of potentially malevolent operators, such as illegal fishing vessels, hazardous cargo transporters and low flight objects.

Thanks to the availability of Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-based programmable hardware platforms and system on chip (SoC) architectures, time processing and size of radar are drastically reduced. Such an approach not only reduces the cost of the system, but increases the system integration and provides up-to-date high-performance platform for passive radar signal processing.


Here an example of the obtained results in a maritime scenario:

 

Range-Doppler map with several targets

Cartesian map with detected targets (black lines) compared to AIS data (coloured lines)


Main advantages of PEGASUS are:

  • No electromagnetic radiationgck6

  • No frequency band allocation

  • Covert Surveillance of moving targets

  • Lightweight System

  • Low cost architecture

  • Low energy requirements

  • Available in Single or Double polarization

 


Contact our team today to discuss your requirements or to receive the datasheet.


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HYDRA

HYDRA is an active multichannel high resolution  imaging radar with Inverse Synthetic Aperture radar (ISAR) capability (optionally with DoA or 3D target reconstruction capabilities). It can be used for maritime traffic surveillance, harbour monitoring, airport surface movement surveillance, low flying aerial vehicles surveillance, drones and UAVs detection and vehicular traffic monitoring.

The radar front-end is an X-band direct deramping Linear Frequency Modulated Continuous Waveform radar architecture and it is available in Single (H or V) polarization or fully polarimetric configurations.

 

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An example of HYDRA installation in an maritime scenario

The antenna system consists of one (or two for the full-pol version) transmitting and multiple receiving elements. This configuration allows different applications to be used. For instance, an interferometric approach can be used with three receiving antennas to reconstruct the 3D shape of the target.

In order to achieve a compromise between the coverage and the gain of the antennas, both the transmitting and receiving antennas are characterized by a half power beamwidth of 60° in azimuth and 20° in elevation, and a maximum gain of 13 dBi. The embedded ventilation system ensures a proper thermal dissipation guaranteeing the IP66 enclosure protection.

 

HYDRA has the following features:

  • light weight
  • small size
  • easy deployable
  • low power consumption
  • very low electromagnetic transmission
  • deployable in a radar sensor network

 

All the above characteristics makes HYDRA easily installable in all weather, day/night conditions and close to civilian buildings and structures.

The multi-channel configuration, as in the above figure, enables the application of the 3D target reconstruction processing. In particular, this method exploits interferometric ISAR imaging (InISAR) to estimate the heights of the dominant scatterers.

                                         

Two examples of ISAR images of a vessel (30 m long) and a sailing ship (12 m long)

Here a short clip of a manoeuvring ship and a small tugboat in a harbour surveilled by HYDRA.

 

HYDRA can be used for:

  • Maritime traffic surveillance
  • Airport Surface Movement surveillance
  • Low flying aerial vehicles surveillance
  • Urban and rural area monitoring
  • Vehicular traffic monitoring
  • Automatic Target Recognition

HYDRA can be modified according to the customer’s needs for different applications in all operative conditions and scenario.

Contact our team today to discuss your requirements or to receive the datasheet.


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