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DARTS-9510-C

Stand-alone radio frequency test system for automotive radar sensors

The precise testing of radar sensors and applications is a critical requirement in development, production, quality assurance, and maintenance. The dSPACE Automotive Radar Test System (DARTS) 9510-C enables easy-to-use but very realistic over-the-air tests. This is done by simulating radar echoes of independent objects in road traffic with a programmable distance, speed, and size.

The dSPACE Automotive Radar Test System (DARTS) 9510-C is an industry-proven radar echo simulator for testing radar sensors used in civilian vehicles. It supports clearly definable, reproducible test scenarios in the laboratory. The radar test system simulates the reflections of up to four independent objects in road traffic at different distances, speeds, and sizes in real-time. With these features, the DARTS 9510-C plays a crucial role in validating radar-based automotive applications. It covers all important radar sensor development steps: from chip design to sensor development and the testing of entire advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles. The tests can be performed during development, production, quality assurance, and approval.

Benefits

The system can be operated via an optional touchscreen, enabling quick and comfortable test definition and execution. Remote control interfaces ensure integration into test automation systems, making it the perfect choice for performing efficient, reproducible, and highly accurate over-the-air tests with radar sensors. Moreover, DARTS 9510-C is built with industry-proven technology that provides perfect signal resolution, precise range and speed simulation, and makes it possible to precisely define the size of objects. Accurate, simplified, and flexible testing of automotive radar applications has never been easier. The convenient over-the-air method leads to an unmatched test depth and test coverage – supporting all areas from chip design to end of line testing.

  • Radio frequency test system for automotive radar sensors
  • Stand-alone solution
  • Simulates the reflections of up to four independent objects
  • Simulation of distances, speeds, and sizes
  • Direct operation via touchscreen (option)
  • Remote operation via control interface
  • High reliability thanks to integrated auto-calibration and self-testing
  • Fully digital, coherent range generation, Doppler, and radar cross section as a measure for distance, speed, and size
  • True (single-sideband) Doppler spectrum for real-life signals
  • Continuous real-time processing of radar signal waveforms
  • All parameters are controllable
  • Easy switching between radar bands: 23 – 26 GHz, 75 – 82 GHz
  • Any modulation format
  • Center frequency can be set freely according to radar under test

  • RF front end: 1x Rx, 4x Tx
  • Concept: full MIMO
  • Frequency range: 24 GHz or 75 GHz to 82 GHz
  • Bandwidth: 1,000 MHz
  • Min. range: 8 m
  • Max. range: 3,600 m
  • Range steps: 5,6 cm
  • Simulation echoes: 4
  • Speed: ± 700 km/h
  • Dynamic range: > 80 dB
  • Range accuracy: < 1 mm

General Data

Versatile, application-specific monostatic or bistatic RF interface

Trigger input and marker output for external control signals

Support of external reference signal: 10 MHz

Additional interfaces: Ethernet, USB, HDMI™, Tx IF, and Rx IF

Operating temperature: +10°C to +35°C

Operating voltage: 90 V to 250 V AC

Housing versions: modular, rack mount, benchtop with HDMI™

Technology Note
The DARTS 9510-C is based on industry-proven technologies developed by miro•sys and ITS.