Implementing Digital Processing for Automotive Radar Using SoC FPGAs
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This white paper shows the feasibility of implementing the digital processing portion of a representative radar system using Altera's low-cost Cyclone V SoC FPGAs. Advantages of this approach compared to a custom ASIC are reduced time to market, field upgradability, the ability to rapidly and easily implement in floating-point, dual pre-integrated ARM Cortex-A9 microprocessor systems, and available automotive-grade devices. This approach also allows for integration of alternate technologies along with radar to perform "sensor fusion", where multiple sensing systems are used to make the most informed decisions regarding the control of the vehicle.