Issue: Jan 2019


dSPACE Enters into Exclusive Partnership with Radar Specialists miro·sys and ITS



New product portfolio for the entire value chain from chip manufacturing to testing radar-based driver assistance systems

by Jon Knox

dSPACE has entered into an exclusive partnership with miro·sys and Innovative Technical Systems (ITS) for the automotive industry. Both miro·sys and ITS specialize in the development of test systems for radar sensors that dynamically simulate radar echoes over the air. dSPACE will distribute these systems internationally and integrate them into its own product range. Moreover, the companies agreed on a development cooperation that also covers the acquisition of intellectual property (IP) by dSPACE. The new dSPACE product family includes products for the entire value chain, from testing radar sensors in chip production, to hardware-in-the-loop validation, to end-of-line testing of vehicles by automobile manufacturers. These new products will also be used in homologation and the aftermarket.

 

Automotive radar sensors are a key technology that facilitates ever more advanced driver assistance functions and autonomous driving because radars can determine the speed and distance of objects in real time and in extreme weather conditions. The key features of the miro·sys and ITS systems are precisely generated echoes, coverage of long distances, and great versatility. This cutting-edge technology gives users a leading edge in the fast validation and market introduction of automotive radar sensors.

 

dSPACE will market the solutions for testing radar sensors under the product name dSPACE Automotive Radar Test Systems (DARTS).

 

“The partnership with ITS and miro·sys makes it possible to offer cutting-edge radar test system technologies to a wider range of customers while supporting them in market launches, e.g., for innovations in ADAS and AD,” says Martin Goetzeler, CEO of dSPACE GmbH. miro·sys and ITS, whose systems are already widely used by automotive manufacturers, sensor and chip suppliers, are recognized worldwide as specialists in radar technology. “Jointly we will further drive this key technology forward,“ adds Martin Goetzeler.  

 

“As an international company, dSPACE is the ideal partner for increasing our technology leadership in the automotive testing industry,” explains Michael Rožmann, owner of miro·sys. Jeffrey Paul, owner of Innovative Technical Systems (ITS), adds: “This cooperation will enable us to accelerate our development and to focus on even more demanding requirements from the automotive industry. By furthering the development of our technology we will also benefit from the development expertise of our strong partner dSPACE.”

 

The dSPACE Automotive Radar Test Systems product family consists of tailor-made solutions for a multitude of applications. From mobile hand-held devices to systems for the laboratory bench and rack systems, various designs are available for test applications in production facilities or development laboratories. The range is supplemented by solutions for stand-alone operation or complex radar test systems that can be used with other simulators and test automation in closed-loop operation. All instruments are modular, scalable, and fully configurable through software, e.g., the number of echoes, detection ranges, target sizes, Doppler frequencies. Additional high-level functions, such as determining interference resistance (norm interferer), characterizing the radar sensor (performance, frequency stability, bandwidth, chirp parameter), and using Euro NCAP-based test scenarios, extend the range of applications.

 

The stand-alone systems now exclusively available from dSPACE have been successfully used in dSPACE's mechatronic radar test benches for the past two years.

 

About miro·sys

miro·sys is a German based company nearby Munich focusing on product definition, business development, sales and support, of custom specific turn-key systems for applications in the RF and millimeter-wave domain. The alliance with his system engineering partner Innovative Technical Systems (ITS) started almost two decades ago, resulted in a variety of novel and smart products that are widely used in commercial, automotive, aerospace and R&D programs. Well before the emerging autonomous driving industry, miro·sys supplied versatile RF simulation systems for radar sensors.

 

About ITS

Innovative Technical Systems (ITS) is a US-based company with experience in the design, development, and manufacturing of high-performance microwave and millimeter-wave systems for radar, communication and instrumentation applications. The expertise at ITS extends to RF systems, high-speed digital designs, and software solutions for complete turnkey systems. ITS has nearly 20 years of experience with the design of test systems for automotive radar applications. A marketing and business development relationship with miro·sys has provided technical solutions to worldwide markets for many years



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