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Automotive Radar – Regulatory Challenges to Lowering Equipment Cost

Impact of Global Frequency Regulations on 
Components, Signal Processing and Antennas

 Hosted by: 


Keynotes and Panelists: 

SARA, BMW, GM, Honda, DaimlerChrysler


Plus Tour:  BMW Auto Plant


Arabella Sheraton Airport Hotel
Freisinger Strasse 80
85445 Schwaig-Oberding , Germany
Fax: 49-89-92722800


September 18-21, 2007


Organized by the International Wireless Industry Consortium


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Moderated by
Don Brown, Director, IWPC
Rene Douville, Technical Director, IWPC

Workshop Background

This workshop, the fifth in a series, aims to address the challenges of bringing of microwave/millimeterwave automotive radar sensors to market and what is required to drive their costs down to achieve consumer acceptable price levels.

One key factor affecting the cost reduction and widespread deployment of these sensors is the lack of a common worldwide standard either in frequency allocation or in technical implementation approach. This results in a fragmentation of the market and thus reduced volumes for any given component production.  The workshop host, SARA (Strategic Automotive Radar Frequency Allocation Group), was created to encourage harmonizing of these standards.

World wide, bands at 24 GHz and 77 GHz are being considered.  In addition, techniques being developed are based on FMCW, pulsed, BPSK, OFDM, FSK, and other approaches.  Each of these  techniques requires different components solutions.  As many as 10 short range radar sensors will be needed for future vehicles but even for these, the requirements are not all identical.

This workshop will address the implications of these issues for the automotive markets, technology  and equipment and will explore ways, both business and technological, to stimulate lowering the costs and increasing the volumes of the sensors.

A key element of this is the availability of low cost millimeterwave semiconductors and integration and packaging technologies, and the latest developments in these areas will be addressed.

If your business is anywhere in the supply chain for future millimeterwave automotive or communications applications, you MUST actively participate in this unique IWPC Interactive Technical Workshop.


Workshop Goal

The GOAL of this workshop, is to bring together senior leaders from THE ENTIRE SUPPLY CHAIN to facilitate and stimulate breakthrough thinking on emerging technologies and manufacturing methods and business decisions which, when coupled with market needs and timings, and key system cost drivers, can substantially drive down the cost of the equipment needed for millimeterwave automotive radars.

In short, the goal of this workshop is to create an open, interactive environment, where the entire supply chain can communicate, network, share technology requirements and capabilities, and achieve mutually desired goals.

Tuesday Evening September 18, 2007

7:00 PM

Social and Networking 

Reception & Registration

At Hotel

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

7:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration


8:00 AM

Opening Remarks


8:15 AM


Each person will be asked to introduce him/herself and share how they can contribute to this process


9:00 AM

SARA and Automaker Keynote(s)


The keynote(s) will address

  • What are the worldwide frequency allocation standards for automotive radars and sensors?  How do they differ?

  • What can be and is being done to harmonize them globally?

  • What are the performance requirements expected of short range and long range sensors? Are these the same globally? Which are key and which are "nice to haves"?

  • Who or what will likely drive the acceptance of different standards of  implementation-- the automakers or the sensor suppliers?  Will it be left simply to market forces? 

  • Market Issues

    • What are the volume projections over time? Regionally?

    • What is their expected cost target evolution over time?

    • What do automakers see as the main market drivers?

    • Do they have plans to stimulate this market growth?  e.g. Working with insurance companies?  Subsidizing early adopters? 

  • What competitive alternatives are automakers considering?

    • Status and prospectus for 24 GHz systems

    • Status and prospectus for 76-77 and 77-81 GHz systems?  Domestic and international?

    • Migration strategies if any from 24 GHz to 77/79 GHz

    • Infrared

    • etc.

  • What other key groups are playing a role in auto sensor development?



Worldwide Frequency Allocation for Automotive Radar




Requirements of Future Automotive Radar Systems

System Architecture and Integration




10:00 AM



10:30 AM


SARA and Automaker Keynote(s)



GM and North American Perspective of Short Range Radar and Applications

R&D and Strategic Planning
Electrical and Controls Integration

General Motors 


Car Manufacture's Perspectives and Questions for Future Radar Systems

Senior Chief Engineer

Honda R & D Co. Ltd


11:30 AM


Panel of SARA, Auto Makers and Regulators

Speakers and other Auto Makers will be invited to address the key Business, Market and Technology Issues from their point of view and how they might differ or expand on the those already presented.




  • SARA

  • BMW

  • DaimlerChrysler

  • Ford

  • GM

  • Honda


12:30 PM



1:30 PM


  • Advances In Millimeterwave Semiconductor Technologies

    • SiGe

    • CMOS

    • GaAs

    • InP

  • Metal-Insulator Electronics

  • Typical Millimeterwave functional blocks

    • Sensor Devices

    • Low noise Devices and MMICs

    • Power amplifier devices and MMICs

    • Receiver/Transmitter Chips 

    • Switching and tuning elements

    • Integrated Systems

  • Millimeterwave Semiconductor Device Modules and Packaging Technologies

    • High Frequency Packages

    • Module Techniques

    • Chip attachment techniques

    • Linearization techniques and modules

    • Receiver/Transmitter Modules

  • EMI and Environment Shielding and Packaging


Advances in the Implementation of Millimeter Wave Radar on CMOS

Senior Principal Research Scientist

National ICT Australia 


A Versatile RF Chip Set for 77 GHz Automotive Radar

Technical Manager

RF/IF Innovation Center

Technology Solutions Organization TSO

Freescale Semiconductor 


Innovative SiGe Solutions for Automotive Radar Sensors

Senior Program Manager Automotive

Exterior Sensing / Radar

Infineon Technologies


Engineering Solutions for Automotive Radar

Worldwide Solution Development

IBM Global Engineering Solutions




3:30 PM



4:00 PM




Metal-insulator Electronics: A Low Cost Alternative for MM-wave Analog Circuits

Director, Business Development

Phiar Corporation 


High Performance & Low Cost GaAs MMIC Solutions for Automotive Radar

Marketing Manager

TriQuint Semiconductor 


UMS MMIC Solutions for Automotive Radars

Deputy Director Marketing & Sales

United Monolithic Semiconductors 


5:30 PM



7:00 PM



Bavarian Style

Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel

Thursday, September 20, 2007

7:30 AM




8:30 AM


  • What are the current features and challenges demanded in radar sensor systems from auto OEMs and what are the vehicle integration challenges?

  • What options exist to meet the range and angular resolutions required?  Single antenna vs. multiple sensor solutions? What is the implication for the sensor fusion system?

  • What are the relative consequences of developments at 24 GHz vs. 79 GHz for these applications?

  • What are the pros and cons of the different implementation schemes (FMCW, Pulsed, BPSK, OFDM, UWB, etc.) and why choose one or the other?  How does the choice of frequency affect these choices?

  • How will the proposed changes in and timing for spectrum allocations internationally affect their implementation schedules and plans? What are their views and recommendations on the frequency allocations worldwide?

  • What are the main challenges they would like to pose to their suppliers' suppliers at all levels?

  • What do they see as the main challenge to cost reduction?  RF chipsets, signal processors, antennas, packaging, etc.?

  • The OEMs would like to reach as low as $30 per sensor in future in quantities of about 2M per annum.  Is this possible?  Under what conditions?

  • What is a relative breakdown of costs by e.g. :

    • RF electronics

    • Antennas

    • DSP

    • Interfaces

    • Testing

    • Enclosures

  • What technologies, RF and Digital,  are considered critical for each application, how do they prioritize them and to what extent can they use the same sensor?

    • Collision Warning Systems

    • Adaptive cruise control

    • Side detection systems

    • Reverse warning detectors

    • Lane control systems

    • Short Range High Definition Radars

  • What other millimeterwave applications do they see as having potential to help lower their costs?




Influence of Worldwide Frequency Regulation Boundary Conditions on Automotive Short Range Radar Concepts and Applications 

Project Manager 

Research and External Affairs

Siemens VDO 


79 GHz Short Range Radar

Manager Radar Sensors  

Continental Automotive Systems 


Technology Trends for Long Range Automotive Radars

       EMC Team Leader

Robert Bosch 


The Potential to Reduce Costs Through Innovative Integration

Programmes Manager

Autocruise/Responsable Projets

TRW Automotive


10:30 AM  



11:00 AM




SRR (Short Range Radar) in the Frequency Band

24 GHz - 29 GHz

European Marketing Manager

Automotive Sensors

M/A-COM - Tyco Electronics


Advanced 24GHz Narrowband Technology

Managing Director

s.m.s smart microwave sensors


12:00 PM



1:00 PM



The Tier 1 Automotive Full Service Providers/ Sensor Equipment Integrators  and Sensor Subsystem Suppliers will be given the opportunity to clarify their needs, requirements and views and will engage in a panel session where the audience is invited to ask questions and they will be given the opportunity to ask each other and the audience questions.



Panelists- Speakers plus Others Present

  • Continental Automotive

  • M/A-COM - Tyco Electronics

  • Robert Bosch

  • TRW Autocruise

  • s.m.s smart microwave sensors

  • Siemens VDO

2:00 PM






2:45 PM

Take Aways


Participants state their appreciation and interpretation of the workshop results and to what extent the workshop met their expectations.



4:00 PM  



7:00 PM  

Dinner (Dutch *)

* = in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.

For those who desire to join us, we get together to enjoy good friends, good food, good wine and [really] bad jokes

Friday, September 21, 2007


Leave 8:00 AM


12:30 PM


BMW Auto Plant 


Bus Transportation provided from and to hotel. 





Deadline for electronic version of handout materials: 

Friday August 31, 2007



ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus 4 Breaks), booklet copying, audio/visual costs, transportation, etc.


These costs will be $ 869.00 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members, only.)


ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, MasterCard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check.


Make checks payable to IWPC.




Arabella Sheraton Airport Hotel
Freisinger Strasse 80
85445 Schwaig-Oberding , Germany
Fax: 49-89-92722800



All guests will need to complete a hotel room reservation form and fax back to the hotel.  To request a reservation form please contact [email protected]. The IWPC room block rate is €195,00 single room, €213,00 double room.


Cut-off date for reservations is August 20, 2007. After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.



A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.


In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “movies” of all presentations and panel sessions.



Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.



Business casual suggested. No ties, please !!



IWPC prepares a handout binder with ALL presentation materials delivered to the IWPC on or before the deadline.

For ALL IWPC members:

All IWPC members are invited to submit a maximum of 4 pages of materials to include in this handout binder. These  pages should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

These materials will be copied and handed out at the workshop and included in the IWPC Web site.

Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files. 


NOTE: If your Power Point Presentation presentation includes an animation, please use MPEG format and NOT AVI format.


Please send electronic materials (any size file) to:


sent any size email attachment to: 
[email protected]


or use one of these FREE FTP Sites
IF your email system cannot send large files: 



and email to [email protected]


or by snail mail to:


600 Louis Drive, Suite 104
Warminster, PA 18974 USA


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