Monostatic Radar

Our Monostatic Radar Module (MRM) software configures the P440 module to operate as a fully-coherent, short-range monostatic radar sensor. In doing so, the P440 achieves the most RF bandwidth (>1 GHz) and the lowest possible center frequency (4.3 GHz), with performance comparable to 10 and 20 GHz systems but at a fraction of the cost and with much better propagation characteristics.

The MRM software enables you to pursue radar applications which require:

  • Exceptional clutter rejection
  • High resolution (1.4 GHz bandwidth provides resolution <6”)
  • Short range operation (a few inches to hundreds of feet) with minimal blind range
  • Increased gain with increasing operating range
  • Highest possible RF bandwidth at the lowest possible operation frequency
  • Fast update rates (up to 20 kHz)
  • Access to raw radar scan data allows tailored filter and detection strategies targeted to specific applications

The MRM software opens the door to a wide variety of compelling uses, including Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging, tagless people tracking, obstacle avoidance, drone altimetry, and proximity sensing. In each case the signal processing is different based on the application.  We provide a feature-rich API with sample C and MATLAB code to aid programmers in their development efforts.

Our PulsON OEM module is a very flexible UWB Radar Front End that repeatedly provides the RF impulse response of a volume defined by the unit’s antenna pattern. The Monostatic Radar Module Reconfiguration and Evaluation Tool (MRM RET) is a host application that operates on a PC and exercises all of the radar API commands. It displays raw radar scan data in real-time, showing the distance and reflectivity of targets within the scan range, and can also log the radar scans to file for post-processing. MRM RET includes algorithms that support motion filtering and detection processing, however we encourage users to optimize these algorithms for their own application, using the provided sample C and sample MATLAB code.

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MRM RET provides raw, bandpassed, motion-filtered and detection data (actual screen capture)

The following video demonstrates the MRM RET GUI being used to display raw waveform returns with motion filtering and detection processing.

On this page you will find ALL the documentation (user guide, API, application notes) and sample code for monostatic radar that accompany our Radar Development Kits and PulsON Labs. Want more? Additional technical papers are available on our Technology page, and hardware-specific documents can be found on our P440 page.

The Basics

P440 Data Sheet & User Guide

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P440 Radar Development Kit Quick Start Guide

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Dig Deeper

Monostatic Radar API Specification

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MRM RET User Guide

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MRM Sample C Application

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MRM Sample MATLAB Application

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Application Notes and White Papers

Monostatic Radar Range Equation

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RadarCon 2012: A High-Performance UWB Radar

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UAH Senior Project – Synthetic Aperture Radar

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Univ. of Texas – SAR Imaging of a Windmill

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Univ. of Texas – SAR Imaging from a Drone

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