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Optimizations for RADAR-based ADAS system

A review of a cost-effective FPGA-based architecture for a DSP unit of 8-channel FMCW radar system.


Radar-based Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) are at the forefront of intelligent transportation, offering real-time object sensing capabilities vital for vehicle safety. This whitepaper walks through an FPGA-based cost-effective architecture designed to host the processing unit of a multi-channel Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radar system. With a focus on cost-effectiveness and high-bandwidth DDR DRAM interfaces, this paper delineates the system's intricacies and processing algorithms critical for accurate object detection and tracking.

Why Download This White Paper?

  • Understanding FMCW Radar System Concept: Dive into the fundamentals of FMCW radar systems, elucidating the principles behind frequency modulation, beat signal generation, and Fourier processing. Gain insights into how radar systems extract range, relative velocity, and angular position information crucial for ADAS applications.
  • Radar System Overview and Processing Algorithms: Explore the front-end and back-end units of the radar-based detection system, unraveling the roles of FMCW radar transceivers, analog-to-digital converters, and DSP units. Delve into the signal processing algorithms encompassing range processing, Doppler processing, angle preprocessing, and target detection, essential for accurate object identification.
  • Hardware Accelerators and FPGA Architecture: Understand the hardware acceleration strategies employed to enhance processing efficiency, including dedicated accelerators for Fourier transforms and angle preprocessing. Gain insights into the FPGA architecture, task scheduling, and memory access optimizations crucial for meeting stringent processing time requirements.

In the realm of radar-based ADAS, innovation thrives on efficient processing architectures capable of real-time object detection and tracking. This whitepaper unveils a novel FPGA-based architecture tailored for multi-channel FMCW radar systems, offering a comprehensive understanding of signal processing algorithms, hardware acceleration techniques, and FPGA design considerations. Whether you're an engineer in automotive technology or FPGA design, this guide equips you with the knowledge to drive advancements in intelligent transportation systems.

Download the whitepaper here