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Nanoradar Technology CEO Zhou Quentin: 24GHz millimeter wave radar sensor bulk shipping services in four major target markets

Time : 2017-11-09 Hits : 111

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【REVIEW】 Nanoradar Technology was established in 2012, in 5 years this company from the antenna design to the millimeter wave radar product, the process also experienced a lot of twists and turns, through many detours. Mr. Zhou Quentin, CEO of Nanoradar Technology said that in recent years, Nanoradar has made substantive progress in technology and market expansion. The 24GHz millimeter-wave radar has appeared in volume supply. More than 150 customers in 10 countries around the world are using their products . He pointed out that there is a big advantage of Nanoradar technology in making millimeter-wave radar, which is to realize the flexible customization of algorithms and specifications.

According to a survey conducted by domestic industry agencies, the domestic sales volume of automotive millimeter-wave radar in 2014 was about 1.2 million and in 2015 it was about 1.8 million. The main application is the short-range radar (24GHz) for blind spot detection and rear-vehicle reminder, two for each vehicle. By 2020, if 15% of assembled vehicles millimeter-wave radar car sales in China, then assembled 2 per vehicle, millimeter-wave radar is expected to demand in 2020 of nearly 9 million, five-year compound growth rate of about future 50%. In such a rapidly growing automotive electronics market, foreign companies monopolized the high-end market, while the breakthrough technology blockade, entered the field of China's presence is particularly valuable.

The mainstream automotive millimeter-wave radar band at home and abroad is 24GHz (for short and medium range radars, 15-70m) and 77GHz (for long range radars, 100-200m). Currently 77GHz millimeter-wave radar is basically monopolized by foreign manufacturers, Bosch, Continental, Delphi, Denso, TRW, Fujitsu are the world's mainstream suppliers. The domestic 24GHz millimeter-wave radar, currently more mature products include nanoradar Technology and Xiamen imsemiand other companies 24GHz medium-range short-range radar and chips.

Nanoradar Technology was established in 2012 and is now nearly five years of history, from the millimeter-wave radar antenna design to product, process which has gone through a lot of ups and downs, gone through a lot of detours. Mr. Zhou Quentin, CEO of Nanoradar Technology, said that in recent years Nanoradar has made substantial progress in technology and market expansion. 24GHz millimeter wave radar has appeared in volume supply, more than 150 customers in 10 countries around the world are using their products. He pointed out that there is still a very big advantage of making millimeter-wave radar in the country, which is to realize flexible customization of algorithms and specifications.

Nanoradar Technology CEO Zhou Quentin

Nanoradar technology in the 24GHz millimeter-wave radar, what are the mainstream products? What is its main target market? What are the major successful applications? What are the company's competitive advantages and future development plan? With these questions, the reporter interviewed Nanoradar Technology CEO Zhou Quentin.

According to market research firm Plunkeet Research, it is estimated that by 2020, there will be nearly 70 million car millimeter-wave radar systems worldwide by 2020, with a CAGR of about 24% in 2015-2020. How do you think of the development trend of millimeter wave radar in China market?

Zhou Quentin: Based on the car millimeter wave radar research began in the 1960s, the study mainly in Germany, the United States, Japan and other developed countries. In the 21st century, as the market demand for automobiles grows, it will begin to flourish. Mainly by the mainland, Hella, Bosch, Denso, Autoliv, Delphi and other companies, especially 77GHz millimeter wave radar, Bosch, Continental, Delphi, Denso, TRW, Fujitsu is the world's leading provider.

Domestic manufacturers started late, with the gradual opening up of foreign chips after 2013, the country has entered a period of rapid development. After four years of development, some achievements have been made. For example, China Automotive 24GHz short-range millimeter-wave radar products According to incomplete statistics, in 2017, the domestic 24GHz radar shipments are estimated to be more than 100,000 pieces. As the cost declines, the application scenarios will be expanded and it is estimated that the growth will be at least two times higher in 2018 . China 24GHz millimeter-wave radar in the market has ripped a hole in the industry chain is also supporting perfection, foreign manufacturers want to attack the Chinese millimeter-wave radar market again more difficult, presumably three years, the price of China's knife will definitely point to foreign manufacturers.

The core technology of 77GHz millimeter-wave radar is mainly monopolized by foreign manufacturers. Although some Chinese manufacturers already have prototypes, some breakthroughs have been made in technology. However, there are still many ways to go for production. In the long run, the 24GHz millimeter wave radar already has a sound foundation in China and its policy is followed up. The new version of C-NCAP includes the AEB. Under the dual impetus, the production of 77GHz products is only a matter of time.

From the industrial chain point of view, the basic domestic synchronization can obtain high performance core chips abroad, foreign countries have been more open to the domestic, while a number of domestic chip makers have begun to force, such as Xiamen imsemi line, the current 24GHz chip to do is very good. At the core of processing technology, especially the 24GHz has been very mature, the only gap may be product design process, process takes time to accumulate, there is still some room for improvement, through a large number of tests and improvements, the gap has become smaller and smaller.

In the 24GHz radar market, please introduce the mainstream products of Nanoradar technology products? What are the major competitive advantages of these products compared to their competitors?

Zhou Quentin: 24GHz millimeter wave radar, mainly used in BSD, LCA, RCTA, EAF, FCTA, 77GHz millimeter wave radar is the mainstream of the forward direction of the vehicle, mainly used in ACC, AEB system. From the usage point of view, 24GHz calibration easier, 77GHz more complicated.

Nanoradar according to different market demand for different products, a total of six major categories of 17 products, the product focuses on four major categories of markets, smart security market, automotive stock market, UAV flight, artificial intelligence market, each market has a unique product properties.

1、 smart security market, demand characteristics: long distance, wide angle, low detection slow target. Nanoradar Technology launched NSR300W detection range of 450 meters above, but also the global security market to detect one of the farthest 24GHz radar.

 2、the car stock market, the main focus of complex signal processing under the scene, to exclude clutter on the radar, so not false positives, omissions, the price must be competitive, the current CAR28T prices have been achieved than foreign radar competitive, full bloom in the car aftermarket and special vehicles.

 3、UAV market, NRA24 with stable and reliable performance in the field of plant protection UAV occupied half of the environment can adapt to plant protection operations, to meet the 30-meter stable obstacle avoidance, 50-meter stable terrain to follow.

"24GHz and 77GHz radar products are not mutually exclusive." The 24GHz narrowband technology is largely unregulated and can be used in many parts of the world. Moreover, the price advantage of this technology is also a significant advantage for small cars Where you are. "

What are the main successful application cases of Nanoradar millimeter wave radar products? What are the cooperation of customers in the world?

Zhou Quentin: Nanoradar radar products are being used by more than 150 + customers in 10 countries around the world. The client cases cover the smart security market, the automobile stock market, the UAV aids flight and the artificial intelligence market.

Unmanned ship field 1 + N radar program Case:

1. According to one statistic, 89% -96% of the accidents in a ship collision can be attributed to one's own reasons, including obvious and potential causes. How to effectively solve the problem of unmanned vessel's short-range obstacle avoidance is the world a big problem.

2, Nanoradar technology Millimeter wave radar anti-collision solution: 1 + N (SP70C) millimeter-wave radar, a long-distance millimeter-wave radar and N medium-range millimeter-wave radar, long distance can choose from 100 meters to 450 meters long distance radar to achieve forward collision avoidance, according to the coverage area and the size of the ship, according to the actual situation to select N medium-distance millimeter-wave radar to achieve 360 ° dead-end protection.

The unmanned anti-collision system based on millimeter-wave radar adopts FMCW system, which can measure the distance, speed and angle of the target, and has good ability of suppressing waves. It is a good solution to this difficult problem of unmanned vessel close obstacle avoidance. Currently there are more than 5 unmanned boat manufacturers to use this program.

What are the advantages of your company to attract the attention of investors? What is the future development plan?

Zhou Quentin: Nanoradar Technology is the backbone of millimeter-wave radar manufacturers in China. It has conducted in-depth research in such areas as millimeter-wave radar and smart antennas. It has undertaken 3 projects funded by the government at all levels and has applied for 9 invention patents. Nanoradar Technology has succeeded developed 17 millimeter-wave radar products, and 4 or more products to achieve volume sales, to achieve more than three times annual growth, the development of products include 1T1R, 1T2R, 1T4R, 2T4R as well as a T and other R system 8 radar products.

According to different application scenarios, the distance between probing people can reach 300 meters at present, the accuracy of measuring angle is better than 1 °, and the accuracy of ranging is better than 0.3 meters. For vehicle testing, detection range up to 500 meters, speed accuracy better than 0.1m / s.

The millimeter-wave radar technology adopting MIMO system is an important direction of future products. The MIMO radar system can make full use of the advantages of virtual aperture and greatly improve the angle measurement accuracy, which is of great significance to the field of automotive radar. In the automotive radar field, the road environment is extremely complicated.  Our team has maintained the international advanced level in the field of MIMO radar technology and can quickly occupy the commanding height of the technology field. Radar takes the lead in introducing artificial intelligence technology to improve detection rate and reduce false alarms through self-learning so as to achieve overtaking in corners and break through foreign manufacturers technology blockade. 

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