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Silicon-based Ultra-Compact Cost-Efficient System Design for mm-Wave Sensors (SUCCESS)

Development of a low-cost 122-123 GHz SoC radar 

The Objective

The three main objectives are:

1. Development of a low-cost mm-wave SiP technology platform and design methodology,

2. Development of mm-wave System on Chip (SoC) design,

3. Investigation of a mm-wave design test concept.

Packaging, antenna design and chipset design are targeting the 122-123 GHz ISM band. The applications are focused on short range distance and speed sensing, e.g. car radar, industry distance sensor. Both super-heterodyne and direct downconversion transceivers are investigated in the project. FMCW and CW modulation will be applied to the demonstrator.


IHP’s Contribution

IHP is designing a 122-123 GHz SoC with the direct-downconversion transceiver architecture, which includes the transceiver front-end, mm-wave signal generation, analog baseband signal processing, on-chip software linearization, FMCW/CW generation, mm-wave built-in self test (BIST), asynchronous digital signal processor (DSP), and other on-chip functionalities. All analog building blocks can be digitally controlled from the DSP. This chipset will be fabricated in IHP’s 130 nm SiGe BiCMOS technology SG13S. 


This research is funded by the EU FP7 under grant reference number FP7-ICT-248120.

Project Partners


IHP (coordinator), Silicon Radar, Evatronix, Robert Bosch GmbH, STMicroelectronics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Selmic, HighTec, University of Toronto.


Selected Publications

[1] Y. Sun et al., “A 122 GHz sub-harmonic mixer with a modified APDP topology for IC integration”, IEEE Microw. Wireless Compon. Lett., vol. 21, no. 12, Dec. 2011, pp. 679-681.

[2] Y. Sun et al., “An integrated harmonic transmitter front-end for 122GHz FMCW/CW radar sensor,” Proc. European Microw. Integrated Circuit Conf. (EuMIC), Oct. 2011, pp. 97-100.

External Links

The building and the infrastructure of the IHP were funded by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union, funds of the Federal Government and also funds of the Federal State of Brandenburg.