PulsON 410®: Monostatic, Bistatic, and/or Multi-Static Radar

Time Domain’s PulsON® 410 (P410) UWB module is a fully coherent, short-range radar that packs 1.4 GHz of RF bandwidth in a small, low cost, low power OEM device. The P410 achieves the RF bandwidth normally associated with 10 and 20 GHz systems but at a fraction of the cost. This bandwidth provides the resolution required to achieve clutter rejection for operation inside buildings and in other complex environments. Operating at a low center frequency of only 4.3 GHz, the P410 also enjoys much better propagation characteristics. All together this gives the P410 the most RF bandwidth and the lowest possible center frequency. The P410 is a high performance RF engine that provides raw radar scan data so that you can develop filtering and detection strategies targeted to your specific application.

Two embedded software modules allow the P410 to operate as a multi-mode radar. The Monostatic Radar Module (MRM) software enables monostatic operation, while our Channel Analysis Tool (CAT) software enables bistatic and multistatic operation. The P410 communicates with a host (PC or microprocessor) over a USB or Serial interface using a standard Application Programming Interface (API). Both the MRM and CAT software packages include graphical user interfaces (GUIs) to drive the API. We also provide sample C and MATLAB code.

These GUIs allow you to exercise all of the API commands, configure the radar, and capture / store / display radar scans. The sample code allows you to drive the P410 as needed for your application.

Monostatic Radar Module (MRM) Development Kit: This kit consists of a single P410 module, two antennas, power supply, MRM RET software, and 5 hours of technical support.

P410 MRM-RET screenshot

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

Multi-Mode Radar Kit: The Multi-Mode Radar Kit allows operation as a monostatic, bistatic, or multistatic system. The Kit comes with two P410 modules, four antennas, two power supplies, MRM RET software, CAT software, and 5 hours of technical support. Best of all, for multistatic operation the P410s wirelessly transmit a sync signal so there is no need for a hardware connection between the two units.

CAT allows users to capture and display multistatic radar scans

The P410 is ideal for 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)
  • Multistatic operation without a physical synchronization signal between radars
  • Access to raw scans allows tailored filter and detection strategies matched to specific applications

To deploy UWB enabled products, you need a cost-effective, easy-to-use, and easy-to-customize UWB module, which is exactly what you will get with the P410. Better yet, you can also use the P410 as a ranging radio. This opens the door to addressing applications that require radar, range measurement and wireless communications.

We are excited about helping you create new UWB enabled products and applications. If you need assistance, we have an experienced contract services team ready to help. Contact us today.

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Alan Petroff on Time Domain's PulsON Monostatic Radar

Architecture and User Interface

P410 MRM interface diagram

The P410 and its API provide all of the hardware and software controls necessary to configure the radar, collect data, and develop a system tailored to a specific market need. Two sample GUIs are available. MRM RET operates monostatic API commands while CAT exercises multistatic commands. MRM RET also offers a standard detection engine (MRM Service) which converts radar scans into detections.