M/A-COM, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and a leading provider of wireless radio frequency (RF), microwave and millimeter wave components, today introduced a new generation of 24 GHz ultra wide band (UWB) radar sensors for driver-assistance systems. M/A-COM's 24 GHz short-range radar sensor is a highly-integrated "smart sensor" designed to improve safety and comfort functions in automotive applications by providing object detection and tracking to further support drivers. M/A-COM's 24 GHz UWB radar sensors are designed to resist inclement weather and harsh environmental conditions more than other sensing technologies, such as infrared devices. M/A-COM's radar sensors are specifically intended for: Parking assistance: Rear-mounted sensors, with a range of 1.8-meters, can detect small objects in front of large objects and measure direction of arrival Pre-crash sensing: The sensors scan out up to 30 meters to provide an advanced warning of an imminent collision to arm airbag, pre-tension seat restraints or other injury mitigation strategies Blind spot detection: Short-range sensors detect objects in critical zones Obstacle detection: With up to a 30 meter operating range, the radar sensor can be used to warn of unseen objects Additionally, M/A-COM's radar sensors can be deployed in security, military and unmanned vehicle operations, as well as mining and industrial sensing applications. M/A-COM's advanced 24 GHz short-range radar sensors were developed using the latest UWB technology, enabling the system to measure objects that are located within centimeters of the sensor. In comparison with narrow-band sensors, short-range sensors can detect and distinguish between objects as close as 15 centimeters from each other. Pricing and Availability M/A-COM 24 GHz UWB short range sensors are customized for each set of applications. Please contact our domestic and international sales offices for specific pricing and delivery information. Datasheets and supporting technical documents are available online at http://www.macom.com.