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Radar for automotive: we are entering a new age…

Extracted from: Radar Technologies for Automotive report, 2017 edition and LiDAR for Automotive & Industrial Application, 2018 edition from Yole Développement – AWR1642 77 & 79 GHz RFCMOS Radar Chipset from Texas Instruments report, 2018 edition from System Plus Consulting – LiDAR for Automotive Patent Landscape report, 2018 edition from Knowmade.

The automotive radar market consequently benefits from a 23% CAGR(1) between 2016 and 2022. AEB(2) application is the main driver for the 77 GHz radar market growth. Yole Développement (Yole) announces a global radar market reaching US$7.5 billion in 2022, at the module level(3).
This growth should be accelerated with the autonomous car market,” comments Cédric Malaquin, Technology & Market Analyst, RF(4) Devices & Technologies at Yole.
The market research and strategy consulting company Yole and its partners System Plus Consulting and Knowmade, are following the RF electronics industry taking into account technology evolution, market trends, the whole supply chain and the dedicated patent landscape. The companies propose a comprehensive understanding of the RF electronics industry with a wide collection of reports. More info.


BWith the recent strong focus on safety, the market potential for ADAS(5) has been extended to mid-end cars resulting in a production volume increase. Coupled to the fact that radars are well considered and employed by many brands: in 71% of cases for AEB. Nnother trend with the advent of autonomous driving is the use of corner radar for the car 360° surveillance. These short and mid-range radar are supported by 24 GHz and more recently by 79 GHz module. The latest one being more suited for high resolution tracking which will be desirable for tasks such as target separation or even object recognition. Corner radars will be a must have for redundancy with other sensors such as camera or even Lidar for high-end robotic cars.

Indeed, the global LiDAR systems’ market for automotive applications, is showing an impressive growth between 2017 and 2023: Yole announces a huge 43% CAGR during this period to reach US$5 billion in 2023, supported by a strong policy of investments(6)… “Strong investments are already noticeable at the IP(7) level”, comments Dr. Paul Leclaire, Technology & Patent Analyst from Knowmade. “Indeed, since 2010, the patenting activity related to LiDAR for autonomous and robotic vehicles has shown an annual increase of 21%. Furthermore, while the IP landscape related to ADAS applications is consolidated, the robotic vehicles IP landscape is very competitive. For instance, the last 5 years have seen more than 50 newcomers entering the IP landscape related to high end LiDAR (solid state, 360° scanning, etc.) for 3D mapping.”(8)

A majority of OEM’s integrates radar technology for new ADAS applications. Radar is often combined with other sensors as it provides valuable information to ensure better safety and helps in collision avoidance. OEM’s demand is well supported by Tier1’s offer with strong product portfolio. Analysts identified almost 50 active product references existing on the market. Market is very dynamic with strong competition and continuous product developments.
System Plus Consulting is strongly involved in the analysis of radar solutions. This year, the reverse engineering and costing company propose a detailed report on the world’s first single-chip radar developed by Texas Instruments (TI): “Ahead of its competitors in RFCMOS applications, TI has begun manufacturing highly integrated radar sensor chips – the latest of which is the AWR1642,” asserts Dr. Stéphane Elisabeth, Expert Cost Analyst, RF, Sensors & Adv. Packaging at System Plus Consulting.But rather than integrating all transmitters, receivers, and local oscillators in a single chip, TI went further and integrated a MCU(9) and a DSP(10) on the same chip.
System Plus Consulting and Yole interviewed Sneha Narnakaje, Automotive Business Unit Manager at Texas Instruments to explore TI’s innovative solution and detail TI’s market positioning: Read more. In addition, a detailed description of numerous radar modules’ analysis performed by System Plus Consulting’s team is available on

In parallel, semiconductor’s manufacturers deliver high performance solutions that enable mm-Wave Radar to be operated in a reliable and accurate manner which is critical for safety functions. They propose a wide technology offer with GaAs, SiGe BiCMOS and RFCMOS platforms.
Innovative startups such as Metawave and Uhnder, bring disruptive technologies to the market to support high resolution sensor requirements either with ultra-thin steerable beam and AI engine for a deep learning approach or with unprecedented high channel number for high resolution imaging radar. Those innovations attract new comers in automotive radar field for instance with Magna and also well established players through the whole supply chain: Infineon Technologies, Denso, Toyota, Hyundai… It will certainly reshape the competition with the current leaders Continental and Bosch.

Regarding automotive 77 GHz radar chips, today it is mainly based on a 130nm SiGe platform, with NXP and Infineon Technologies as the top suppliers. RFCMOS technology is entering the market with semiconductor companies such as Texas Instruments with an intermediate technology node of 45nm. And technology scaling has started with Analog Devices offering products based on advanced 28nm CMOS nodes and also foundries that are positioning their advanced process capabilities in this ecosystem. For example, Globalfoundries and its 22FDX platform support innovative start up Arbe Robotics with a 4D high resolution radar for autonomous cars.

“It is exciting to see such a wide diversity of technology offerings, a clear confirmation of the automotive radar market’s traction,” comments Cédric Malaquin from Yole. “However, penetrating the automotive market with new technologies is no easy task. On the contrary, entering and maintaining a position in the automotive supply chain is a long, trust-based process.
We are certainly entering a new “radar age”, with many developments, disruptive technologies, and new entrants positioning this technology as the primary sensor – along with imaging (cameras) for ADAS and autonomous vehicles”, comments Claire Troadec, Division Director, Power & Wireless Division at Yole.

System Plus Consulting and Yole Développement combine their expertise to propose relevant RF electronics presentations during the next few weeks. Save the date right now in your agenda:

  • AutoSens (From September 17 to 20 – Brussels, Belgium): “The automotive radar market” – Speaker: Cédric Malaquin from Yole.
  • European Microwave Week (September 23-28 – Madrid, Spain): the partners propose you two significant presentations on September 26th during the workshop WW-02 Automotive Radar and HAD “The automotive radar market” – Speaker: Cédric Malaquin from Yole.”Automotive Radar Technology and Cost Overview” – Stéphane Elisabeth from System Plus Consultin.g Company’s booth: #292.
  • Semicon Europa (November 13-16 – Munich, Germany): “5G – Who has the most to win (and lose)? – Speaker: Claire Troadec, from Yole. Company’s booth: A4667

Stay tuned!


(1) CAGR : Compound Annual Growth Rate
(2) AEB : Autonomous Emergency Braking
(3) SiC : Source : Radar Technologies For Automotive 2018 report, Yole Développement, 2017
(4) RF : Radio Frequency
(5) ADAS : Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
(6) Source : LiDARs for Automotive and Industrial Applications report, Yole Développement, 2018
(7) IP : Intellectual Property
(8) Source: – LiDAR for Automotive Patent Landscape report, Knowmade, 2018

(9) MCU : Micro Controller Unit
(9) DSP : Digital Signal Processor




How will radar sensor technology shape the cars of the future? Prepare for the automotive sensor industry’s golden age, in which radar will be increasingly viewed as a key technology for autonomous vehicles. – Produced by Yole Développement.

Companies cited in the report:
Acura, Airgain, Alfa Romeo, Analog Device, Anatel, Arbe Robotics, Argo AI, ARTSys360, Autoliv, Autoroad, Automotive Distance System Control, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Bosch, Broadcom, Bugatti, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Codha Wireless, Commsignia, Continental, Cruise, Cypress, Daihatsu, Denso-Ten, Delphi, Echodyne, Fiat, Fomoco, Ford, Furuno, Geely, Gemalto, General Motor, GlobalFoundry, GMC, Hamaton, Harada, Harman, Hella, Honda, Hyundai, IMST, InnoSent, Infineon, Infinity, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Laird, Lesswire, Lexus, Lincoln,… Full list


  • As a Technology & Market Analyst specializing in RF devices & technologies at Yole Développement (Yole), Cédric Malaquin is involved in the development of technology and market reports as well as the production of custom consulting projects. Prior to working with Yole, Cédric was employed at Soitec as a Process Integration Engineer for nine years, and then as an Electrical Characterization Engineer for six years. Cédric has contributed heavily to FDSOI and RFSOI product characterization and has authored or co-authored three patents and five international publications in the semiconductor field. Cédric graduated from Polytech Lille in France with an engineering degree in Microelectronics and Material Sciences.
  • Since 2013, Claire Troadec has led RF activity at Yole Développement. After graduating from INSA Rennes in France with an engineering degree in Microelectronics and Material Sciences, she joined NXP Semiconductors, where she worked for seven years as a CMOS Process Integration Engineer at the IMEC R&D facility. During this time she oversaw the isolation and performance boost of CMOS technology node devices from 90nm down to 45nm. Claire has authored or co-authored seven U.S. patents and nine international publications in the semiconductor field, and she managed her own distribution company before joining Yole Développement.



The world’s first single-chip radar (76 – 81 GHz) in a System-on-Chip. – Produced by System Plus Consulting.

This report reviews the AWR1642, including a complete die analysis, cost analysis, and price estimate for the chips. Also included is a physical and technical comparison with Delphi’s SRR chipset solution and TI’s own AWR1243 (featuring four receivers and three transmitters without the MCU and the DSP) targeting long-range radar detection and radar imaging… Full description



Will automotive change the LiDAR market? – Produced by Yole Développement.

Companies cited in the report:
Aeye, Argo AI, ASCar, Ball Aerospace, Beijing Surestar Technology, Benewake, Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, Blickfeld, Bosch, Cepton Technologies, Continental, Daimler, Denso, Espros Photonics, Excelitas Technologies, Hamamatsu Photonics, Hesai Photonics Technologies, Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH, ifm electronic, Innoluce BV, Innoviz Technologies, LeddarTech, Leica Geosystems, LeiShen Intelligent System, Leosphere, Lockheed Martin, Lumentum, Luminar Technologies, Micro Photon Devices, Neptec Technologies, Ocular Robotics, Omron, Opsys Tech… Full list


  • Dr. Alexis Debray is a Technology & Market Analyst at Yole Développement (Yole). As a member of the MEMS & Sensors Business Unit, Alexis is today engaged in the development of technology & market reports as well as the production of custom consulting projects dedicated to the imaging industry. After spending 2 years at the University of Tokyo to develop an expertise focused on MEMS technologies, Alexis served as a research engineer at Canon Inc. During 15 years he contributed to numerous projects of development, focused on MEMS devices, lingual prehension, and terahertz imaging devices. Alexis is the author of various scientific publications and patents. He is graduated from ENSICAEN and holds a PhD in applied acoustics.
  • Dr. Guillaume Girardin works as Director, Photonics, Sensing and Display at Yole Développement (Yole), the «More than Moore» market research and strategy consulting company. Guillaume holds a Ph.D. In Physics and Nanotechnology from Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 and a M.Sc. in Technology and Innovation Management from EM Lyon School of Business.



From ADAS to autonomous and robotic vehicles, what are the LiDAR technologies and related IP of automotive industry players? – Produced by Knowmade, part of Yole Group of Companies.

Companies cited in the report:
Denso, Mitsubishi, Robert Bosch, Nissan, Toyota, Sick, Daimler, Omron, General Motors, Valeo, Ford, Honda Motor, Hyundai, Continental, Mazda Motor, Sanyo, Ricoh, Bmw, Daihatsu, Waymo, Hitachi, Volkswagen, Contitemic Microelectonic, Nec, Panasonic, Google, Audi, Nikon, Fujitsu, Changan University, Kansei, Ibeo Automobile, Volvo, Chery Automobile, Shenzhen Leishen Intelligent Systems, Sharp, Hokuyo Automatic, Shiny Technology and more… Full list


  • Dr. Paul Leclaire works for Knowmade in the fields of MEMS, sensors, and RF & microwave technologies. He holds a PhD in Micro and Nanotechnology from the University of Lille, in partnership with IEMN in Villeneuve-d’Ascq and CRHEA-CNRS in Sophia-Antipolis.
  • Dr. Nicolas Baron is CEO and co-Founder of Knowmade. He manages the company’s development and strategic direction, and personally leads the Electronics & Telecom department. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis and a master’s degree in Intellectual Property Strategies and Innovation from the European Institute for Enterprise and Intellectual Property (IEEPI Strasbourg), France.



Knowmade is a Technology Intelligence and IP Strategy consulting company specialized in analysis of patents and scientific information. The company supports R&D organizations, industrial companies and investors in their business development by helping them to understand their IP environment and follow technology trends. KnowMade is involved in Compound Semiconductors, Power Electronics, RF & Microwave Technologies, LED/OLED Lighting & Display, Photonics, Memories, MEMS & Sensors, Manufacturing & Advanced packaging, Batteries & Energy management, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Medical Imaging, Agri-Food & Environment.
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