Rugged Packaging Solutions for Radar Sensors in Diverse Applications and Environments
mmWave, 77GHz, low-power, AVs, agriculture, infrastructure, consumer, challenges …
Speakers: Mo Emadi, CTO/CEO, and David Wu, Hardware Design, Zadar Labs
Date: Thursday, September 21, 2023
Location: SEMI World Hdqtrs, Milpitas (and via WebEx)
Time: Checkin on-site at 11:30 AM (sandwiches and drinks); Presentation at 12:00 noon (PDT).
Cost: on-site: $10 for non-members, free for members. (No cost for WebEx)
Summary: Advances in mmWave technology have ushered in an era of high-resolution radar systems that are compact enough to be incorporated into our everyday lives. With the proliferation of 77GHz automotive radar and the recent extension of the unlicensed 60GHz band by the FCC, radars are poised to become a key technology in our increasingly connected and autonomous world. These sensors will permeate many industries, including automotive and autonomous vehicles to agriculture, mining, heavy machinery automation, building surveillance, indoor infrastructure management, and people tracking. Consumer devices such as smart devices, home security systems, and AR/VR applications will also see significant radar adoption.
The high frequency of operation (57-81GHz) and diverse usage from rugged, safety-critical industrial environments to compact consumer electronics for low power applications brings unique challenges in radar development and packaging. The EM wave interaction between the antenna and its packaging, alongside managing thermal and size constraints, are among the many issues we have in mmWave radar packaging. This talk will first provide a brief introduction to the usage, operational theory, and components of modern mmWave radar. Then, we will dive into the considerations, challenges, and solutions surrounding radar development and packaging in modern high-performance applications.