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Munich and Lund mag 07, 2020

Acconeer chooses R&S FSW to develop new mmWave radar based sensor technology

Test and measurement expert Rohde & Schwarz has provided Acconeer, a specialist for pulsed coherent radar (PCR) and IoT, with an R&S FSW85 signal and spectrum analyzer. Acconeer will use it to develop A111, its low-power pulsed coherent radar sensor that operates in the 60 GHz unlicensed frequency band and is particularly suited to IoT applications.

Acconeer uses the R&S FSW to develop new radar based sensor for IoT applications. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)
Acconeer uses the R&S FSW to develop new radar based sensor for IoT applications. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)

The number of IoT applications and devices is rising, as is the use of sensor technology for consumer devices. To address these growing trends, Acconeer, based in Lund, Sweden, specializes in small radar solutions for consumer products.

Thanks to its small footprint, the Acconeer A111 PCR low-power radar sensor is particularly suited to battery powered IoT devices. The A111 can be used for many applications such as gesture control, material recognition, object and presence detection as well as level and speed measurements.

An excellent signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and high bandwidth are crucial for these applications. To maximize the SNR, Acconeer's design engineers need to ensure that the shape of the radar pulse is optimized without violating the spectrum regulations for short range devices. The engineers use the state-of-the-art R&S FSW analyzer with the R&S FSW-B8 resolution bandwidth option to visualize the frequency spectrum.

The R&S FSW is used in the verification process to visualize the radar pulse in both the time and frequency domain because it is one of the few instruments on the market that can visualize the radar pulse frequency spectrum. Users can measure the spectral density, band power, root mean square (RMS) power and peak power. The R&S FSW can even perform challenging measurements such as 99% occupied bandwidth thanks to its excellent SNR.

Josefin Strahl, Head of Hardware Integration at Acconeer, says, "As a growing company focusing on technological innovation, we are pleased to be able to push the envelope with the help of the R&S FSW. With the resolution bandwidth option, the analyzer features very good SNR in the V band frequency range of the radar (57 GHz to 64 GHz), which is particularly useful for our products. Acconeer has substantial experience of using Rohde & Schwarz equipment, and we are happy to continue using the company's top-level T&M solutions."

Johan Nilsson, Product Manager for Spectrum & Signal Analyzers at Rohde & Schwarz, comments, "We are happy to provide a dynamic, growing company such as Acconeer with our powerful R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer. By supplying such companies, which focus on novel ideas in technology trends such as IoT, Rohde & Schwarz is helping shape the future."

For more information on the high-end R&S FSW signal and spectrum analyzer, visit www.rohde-schwarz.com/product/fsw

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Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security and networks and cybersecurity. The technology group's innovative communications, information and security products help industry and government customers ensure a safer and connected world. On June 30, 2019, Rohde & Schwarz had about 12,100 employees. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.14 billion in the 2018/2019 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.


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Acconeer AB

Acconeer is a leading radar sensor company based in Lund, south Sweden, in Ideon, the country's hottest region for wireless technologies. Acconeer is developing a truly leading ultra-low power, high precision 3D sensor which will revolutionize the way that mobile devices interpret their surroundings. Acconeer's ultra-low power and millimeter precision sensor will be a robust and cost-effective solution for applications ranging from virtual reality and gaming to security and robot control. Information from the sensor can also be used to identify different materials, these are just some examples of the wide range of possibilities of application areas for the sensor. Acconeer is listed on Nasdaq First North Growth Market with the ticker code ACCON, Redeye is the company's Certified Advisor (CA) and can be reached via telephone +46 (0)8 121 576 90 or via mail certifiedadviser@redeye.se. For more information: www.acconeer.com

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