Socionext America Inc. introduced the SC1220 Series radio wave ranging sensors, a new addition to the company’s family of radar sensors, which utilizes a 60GHz frequency band and detects an individual’s location and movement with very high accuracy and precision. Samples are now available, with volume production scheduled in the second quarter of 2020.

The SC1220 series radar sensors comply with the new 60GHz wireless equipment band, which is available in North America and Europe. High-precision sensing using a 7GHz (57 ~ 64 GHz) bandwidth allows the SC1220 series to detect a person’s location and very minute movements. These capabilities make the series ideal for advanced applications such as operating appliances using hand gestures. Since the radar sensors are generally not susceptible to environmental conditions such as temperature and light fluctuations, they can be used in a variety of applications, including smart home devices.

By leveraging the expertise gained through the development of millimeter-wave wireless communication ICs and 24GHz radar sensors, Socionext was the first company worldwide to develop a 60GHz radar sensor in a small package of only 7mm X 7mm X 0.83mm. The sensors also operate with a very low power consumption of 1~2.5mW. The SC1220 radar sensors are highly-integrated and easy-to-use devices that incorporate antenna, wireless circuit, A/D converter, FIFO memory, SPI interface, and intelligent power control sequencer for flexible duty cycle control, and do not require advanced knowledge by users in handling high-frequency devices.