Renesas to buy radar solutions firm Steradian

Renesas Electronics, a supplier of semiconductor solutions, is set to acquire Steradian Semiconductors, a fabless semiconductor company based in Bengaluru, India.
Renesas semiconductorSteradian provides 4D imaging radar solutions.

The acquisition of Steradian’s radar technology will enable Renesas to extend its reach in the radar market and boost its automotive and industrial sensing solution offerings. Renesas Electronics did not reveal the size of the deal.

“Radar is an indispensable technology for ADAS, which uses a complex combination of various sensors,” said Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO of Renesas. “The addition of Steradian’s radar technology and engineering talent will allow us to extend our leadership in the automotive segments.”

Steradian’s 4D radar transceivers — operating in the 76-81 GHz band — offer a high level of integration in a small form factor and high power efficiency. Renesas will leverage Steradian’s design assets and expertise to develop automotive radar products, with plans to start sample shipments by the end of 2022.

Renesas aims to develop automotive radar solutions that combine ADAS SoCs (System-on-Chips) for processing radar signals, power management ICs (PMICs), and timing products together with software for object recognition. Collectively, these solutions will simplify the design of automotive radar systems and contribute to faster product development.

Steradian’s radar technology is expected to be adopted in home security systems such as surveillance, traffic monitoring for people, cars and motorcycles, HMI (Human-Machine Interface) systems such as gesture recognition and docking systems in airport terminals. Steradian provides targeted solutions for these applications by offering transceiver ICs, turnkey modules that include antennas, and software stacks for object recognition.