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Conference: May 7-11, 2012
Reg. Registration Ends: April 20, 2012
Late Registration: April 21 to May 11

Plenary Talk: Advances in Technologies and Architectures for Low-Power and Highly Integrated Ubiquitous Radars


The plenary talk will discuss recent advances in silicon technologies and integrated architectures for low-power ubiquitous radar applications.

Recent progress in silicon technologies and electronic design methods make possible the realization of highly-integrated radars with low cost, compact size and low power consumption. This enables the widespread adoption of radar for new civil and defense applications such as: automotive short-range radars (SRR) for car parking, side-crash warning, collision warning, blind-spot detection and 'stop and go' control in urban scenarios; automotive long range radars for adaptive cruise control; SRR for contact-less heart and pulmonary monitoring in e-health applications; SRR for vital signs detection in case of natural disasters or war scenarios; distance measurements in industrial automation; mm-wave body scanner for security, e.g. in airports and banks; and many others.


The  talk presents the possible radar integration levels (radar-on-single-chip, radar-in-a-package and radar-on-single-board) and discusses the evolution in semiconductor technologies, particularly CMOS and BiCMOS ones towards single-chip radar realization. Starting from the application requirements, the talk reviews the main equations to be used for specifying the radar performance (e.g. ranging distance and resolution, speed detection range, Doppler resolution) and its architectural parameters: e.g. gain and Noise Figure of the receiver, gain and output power of the transmitter, transform size and throughput of the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) digital processor, resolution and sampling rate of the A/D converter. As application examples the architectures and the criteria to design Continuous Wave and pulsed radars are presented together with the achievable performances when integrated in low-cost CMOS technologies. Two scenarios are analyzed: a 77 GHz automotive long-range radar and a pulsed short range radar for e-health applications, working below 10 GHz.

About the Presenter

SaponaraSergio Saponara graduated in Electronic Engineering cum laude and received the Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering from the University of Pisa. In 2002 he was with the Inter University Microelectronics Center (IMEC), Leuven (B), as Marie Curie Research Fellow. Since 2001 he collaborates with Consorzio Pisa Ricerche scarl (I) to technology transfer projects in the field of integrated systems.

Currently, he is Professor of Electronics at University of Pisa in the field of microelectronics and electronic systems, including integrated wireless systems. He co-authored more than 150 scientific publications and 10 patents and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Real-Time Image Processing, Springer. He has also associations with the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and with the Italian inter-universitary consortium for telecommunications (CNIT). He served as special issue guest editor on international journals and as committee member or session chairman for several international conferences such as IEEE Euromicro DSD 2008, from 2006 to 2012, IEEE MTT-S IMWS 2011.