NXP Semiconductors' new automotive radar microcontroller, the NXP S32R27, promises to make safe, automated driving a reality.

The ability of a vehicle to make precise, safety-related decisions depends on its capacity to accurately detect and classify objects, according to the company. The NXP S32R27 radar MCU offers a leap in performance of four times over the previous MPC577X product, meaning higher accuracy and safety for applications such as collision avoidance, lane change assist, autonomous emergency braking, radar cocooning with 360° perception or adaptive cruise control. In intelligent transport systems, vulnerable road users (VRUs) like pedestrians, motorcycles and bicycles can be detected and tracked much faster.

NXP’s highly integrated radar MCUs and RF front-end technologies (RFCMOS or BiCMOS) offer customers scalable system solutions that address ultra-short range, short-range, mid-range and long-range radar, according to the company.

“The S32R27 has been sampling with leading Tier 1 automotive suppliers for almost a year and will play a key role in consolidating NXP’s leadership position in automotive radar,” said Davide Santo, general manager of the ADAS Microcontrollers product line at NXP.

The S32R27 is currently sampling with lead automotive customers and will be made available to the general market (both automotive and non-automotive) in the second half of 2017.