SAL is the coordinator of the project CoRaLi-DAR, four units from SAL will be strongly involved in the project.
The Integrated Photonics Technologies unit will be leading the work on the LiDAR photonic integrated circuit design and testing. It will focus on demonstrating that silicon photonics technology could be a viable and advantageous platform for detection and ranging application.
The Front-End Integrated Circuit unit will be working, together with FH Kärnten, in the development of dedicated electronic IC for the control of the Optical Phased Array (OPA) and signal detection. Key objective will be ensuring 50% power reduction respect to current state of the art.
The Millimeter Wave Technologies unit will strongly cooperate with Infineon in the development of new functionalities to be integrated into the RADAR system. Their effort will ensure a 50% reduction in sensor area with the introduction of a Tx/Rx duplexer.
The Heterogeneous Integration Technologies unit will lead the activities towards the final assembly of CoRaLi-DAR sensor. It will perform the necessary simulation to ensure thermal and electromagnetic compatibility between the RADAR and LiDAR sensor.
Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum
IMEC is a world-leading independent research center in nano-electronics and digital technologies. IMEC leverages its world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries to create innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities, mobility, manufacturing, sustainable energy, and education. IMEC is a front-runner in innovative technology, chip, platform, and system prototyping for advanced mmWave RADAR sensing and neuromorphic sensor fusion. IMEC activities target multiple application domains such as autonomous vehicles, factory of the future, smart living, and smart logistics.
IMEC will the specific applications and functionalities that the final demonstrator will target in automotive sensing. Specific objectives cover the definition of algorithms and interfaces functionalities for both RADAR and LiDAR; develop the adaptive sensing algorithm for RADAR receiving feedback from the LiDAR sensor; Integrate both sensor control planes and derive combined adaptive sensing algorithm.