ON Semiconductor adds Radar Technology to its Automotive Sensing Portfolio

ON Semiconductor has announced that it is acquiring and licensing mmWave technology for automotive radar applications developed by IBM’s Haifa research team. The acquisition positions ON Semiconductor to extend its leadership in automotive image sensors into the broader automotive sensing market.

The radar technology is highly complementary to sensing cameras as it measures distance and object velocity even in poor visibility necessary for next-generation autonomous driving. The combination of these technologies also enables ON Semiconductor to address the growing trend of sensor fusion where multiple sensing technologies are used to improve accuracy and automotive safety.

As a result of this acquisition ON Semiconductor now has a new Israel design center that reports directly into the automotive solutions division within the Image Sensor Group. The new design center is located in Haifa, Israel. It includes staff, equipment, research facilities and intellectual property. The team’s E-band designs meet the stringent European ETSI standard and include high output power for a Fixed Beam Silicon based chipset.