Future Smartphones Might Get Radar Chips of Fingernail-Size

Posted on Nov 28 2012 - 10:01pm by Sidrah Zaheer

According to a latest research conducted through funds from the European Union, future smartphones can be equipped with low-cost, fingernail-sized radar chip packages. These very “smart” radar chips can be used in automotive industry and in robotics as well. This innovative chip was developed under the SUCCESS consortium, which is “Silicon-based ultra-compact cost-efficient system design for mm-wave sensors”.

This new invention is also the smallest complete silicon-based system-on-chip (SoC) device that has a radar system operable at frequencies beyond 100 GHz and according to the researchers it is the world’s smallest radar system. Surely, the intelligence community will have their sight on this one, but what can it be used as by the general public?

Having such a system in smartphones can allow users to check out on their nearest places easily. The radar chip can detect moving objects and their velocities by using the Doppler effect. Amazingly, the radar chip of a size 0.3 x 0.3 inches can do such wonders. The cost of its production is around US$ 1.29 or €1 per unit.

Scientists are working on such minute technological gadgets to make production cost-effective and products easily manageable. It can be expected that this radar chip technology will be applied in different ways very soon. In fact, companies like Bosch, Silicon Radar and Hightec are already working on utilizing this innovative device in their products to be introduced in the market.

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