PulsON 440

The world’s most capable UWB smart sensor.

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  • Most precise two-way ranging radio on the market today (accuracy of <2 cm)
  • Fully coherent short-range radar offers excellent clutter rejection and 1.4 GHz instantaneous bandwidth
  • OEM device capable of operation at industrial temperatures and in high shock/vibration environments

The PulsON 440 (P440) is Time Domain’s high performance UWB OEM module, featuring the company’s revolutionary FIFE (Fully Integrated Front End) custom silicon chip. The versatile P440 excels as an extremely precise ranging radio or radar sensor in the type of high multipath, highly reflective environments where GPS and other systems struggle.

Time Domain’s PulsON® 440 (P440) module is a wireless high precision “smart” ranging and radar sensor, ready for OEM integration into a variety of products and applications. This versatile device is a fully coherent UWB transceiver and is driven by FIFE, the company’s 6th generation custom UWB silicon chip. FIFE combines two existing semiconductor chips into one chip – lowering cost, reducing the power consumption and physical size by half, and meeting both US and EU transmission regulations for broader worldwide adoption.

The P440 ranging/radar module provides users with exceptional functionality:

  • As a ranging radio, the P440 uses Two-Way Time-of-Flight (TW-TOF) ranging to precisely measure the distance between two or more P440s. These ranging measurements have an accuracy of 2 cm and are provided at rates up to 125 Hz. Data communications is also supported.
  • Ranging customers get access to a network optimized for TW-TOF measurement. This ranging network can be operated using either the ALOHA or TDMA protocols. A new location engine has been added to support rapid design of user navigation and tracking systems.
  • The P440 can operate as a monostatic, bistatic, or multistatic radar. It provides the resolution required to achieve clutter rejection for operation inside buildings and in other complex environments. It provides both raw and filtered radar scan data as well as detection lists consisting of the distance and amplitude of targets within its scan range.
  • It can provide all four functions (range determination, data transfer, monostatic radar, and multistatic radar) simultaneously.
  • It is interoperable with Time Domain’s earlier generation equipment (P400, P410, and P412). The hardware is designed to operate over the full industrial temperature range (-40°C to +85°C) as well as operate in high shock and high vibration environments.
  • The UWB RF emissions are compliant with both the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Part 15 regulations and the European Union ETSI EN 302 065 standard mask.

The P440 is a cost-effective, easy-to-use, and reliable UWB transceiver and is being deployed worldwide by innovators like you to solve difficult collision avoidance, vehicle navigation, and asset tracking problems. Contact us today to find out how the P440 can help you.

Dimensions

56 mm x 103 mm x 18 mm*
*includes antenna connectors and Ethernet RJ-45 jack

Input Power Range

4.5V to 48V DC

Typical Power Consumption

1.8 Watts

User Interface Options

Ethernet, USB, Serial, SPI, CAN

Ranging Performance: Clear Line of Sight (CLOS)

Accuracy (bias error): 2.1 cm
Max Operating Range: 300 m to 1100 m, depending on antenna height and ground surface characteristics

Ranging Performance: Non-Line of Sight (NLOS)

Accuracy (bias error): variable depending on environment

Operating Range: variable depending on environment

Radar Performance

Detection Range: 40 m (FCC / EU compliant power), 80 m (high power)

Spectrum

Region 1, US FCC Part 15: 3.1 to 5.3 GHz

Region 2, EU ETSI EN 302 065: 3.1 to 4.8 GHz

Time Domain offers a variety of kits and packages which bundle hardware, software, and engineering technical support to give new users all of the tools that they need to jump start their development activities.

P440 Ranging & Localization Development Kit

The P440 Ranging and Localization Development Kit allows users to get started quickly testing the peer-to-peer ranging & communications capabilities of the P440 platform and begin development of their own random, time-slotted, or code-based tracking networks. It has been expanded to include five P410 modules, each with an antenna, enclosure, USB battery, and USB charger, ranging/networking software with a location engine to support navigation and tracking, a 3D tracking demo with auto-survey and Kalman filter, sample C and MATLAB code, documentation, and 5 hours of technical support.

The P440 Ranging and Localization Development Kit has been updated to include two important new features. Prior ranging kits based on the P400 series family supported peer-to-peer ranging only. Now we have added a networking layer that automates the ranging process for network operation, and allows users the option of creating custom networks which support ALOHA or TDMA scheduling. We’ve also added an additional location engine that takes the coordinated range measurements and converts them into real-time 2D locations.

The P440 Ranging and Location Development Kit is available in three versions: Region 1 (US FCC Part 15 compliant), Region 2 (EU ETSI EN compliant), and High Power (experimental operation only).


P440 Radar Development Kit

The P440 Radar Development Kit allows operation as a monostatic, bistatic, or multistatic system. The Kit comes with two P440 modules, each with dual-antennas, an enclosure, a USB battery, and a USB charger, MRM software, CAT software, sample C and MATLAB code, documentation, and 5 hours of technical support. In monostatic mode, a P440 functions as both transmitter and receiver to issue raw and filtered waveform scans, as well as detection lists consisting of the distance and reflection amplitude of targets within its scan range. In bistatic or multistatic mode, a P440 broadcasts to one or more P440s to generate a sequence of waveform scans that can be compared over time to discern targets of interest. Best of all, for multistatic operation the P440s wirelessly transmit a sync signal so there is no need for a hardware connection between the two units.

The P440 Radar Development Kit is available in three versions: Region 1 (US FCC Part 15 compliant), Region 2 (EU ETSI EN compliant), and High Power (experimental operation only).


P440_PulsON_Lab

Where the other Kits are focused on a subset of functions (Ranging/Localization or Radar), the PulsON Lab is a superset of everything that we do within the P400 series family. The Lab is a bundle of P440 UWB platforms and software tools intended to support product development, postgraduate research, and undergraduate labs.

Research: The Lab has been used for a variety of research activities, including:

  • Development of UWB networks
  • Mobile robotics (ground-based and aerial/drones)
  • Imaging
  • Development of multistatic radar sensor fields
  • Fused radar/communications/ranging applications
  • RF channel modeling
  • MIMO radars

Undergraduate Education: The Lab is a powerful teaching tool and can be used to help bridge the gap between theory, as presented in lecture and text, and practice, as demonstrated in a laboratory exercise. The more theory can be supported and reinforced by a tactile laboratory experience, the more the student will come to understand the theory. The Labs are being used by MIT, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, the University of Sydney, and many others for undergraduate labs, senior projects, interim studies, and research.

The PulsON Lab can be used to teach:

  • Electromagnetics and RF propagation
  • Radar
  • Principles of communications
  • Range measurement systems for navigation
  • RF image processing
  • Networking
  • Target Tracking based on either radar or RFID

Each Lab package includes ten P440 modules, each with dual-antennas, an enclosure, a USB battery, and a USB charger, RangeNet Lite software, MRM software, CAT software, sample C and MATLAB code, documentation, and 10 hours of technical support. A special 20-unit “MegaLab” version is also available.

The PulsON Lab and MegaLab are available in three versions: Region 1 (US FCC Part 15 compliant), Region 2 (EU ETSI EN compliant), and High Power (experimental operation only).

More information on the Ranging/Localization Software
More information on Monostatic Radar
More information on Bistatic Radar

Here you will find everything you ever wanted to know (but were afraid to ask) about the P440 module! For software user guides, APIs, and sample code, please visit our RangeNet, MRM, and CAT pages. A treasure trove of technical papers can also be found on our Technology page.

The Basics

P440 Data Sheet & User Guide

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Broadspec Antenna Product Brochure

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Application Notes and White Papers

Augmenting the Broadspec Antenna with a Planar Back-Reflector

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Using the USB & Serial Interfaces

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Connecting to a P440 Via Ethernet

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CAN Interface Application Note

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Part One: Scratching the Niche

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Part Two: UWB Definition & Advantages

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Part Three: Two-Way Time-of-Flight (TW-TOF) Ranging

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Part Four: Tracking Architectures Using TW-TOF Ranging

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