TDC Acquisition Holdings, Inc. develops and supports ultra-wideband (UWB) hardware and software solutions for precision ranging and location, radar sensing, and communications applications. The company offers PulsON products that allow researchers and developers to evaluate UWB as a ranging/location, radar, or communications technology, as well as develop UWB-enabled products that target those applications. Its hardware products include PulsON 330 for UWB two-way ranging and communications to commercial and industrial users; and PulsON 440, a high performance UWB OEM module that features fully integrated front end custom silicon chip. The company’s software solutions include RangeNet, a loca...
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Time Domain Releases New PulsON 440 OEM Module
Aug 18 15
Time Domain announced the PulsON 440 (P440) UWB module, the latest generation of its highperformance P400 series of UWB ranging, radar, and communications modules. The P440 module features a new proprietary UWB silicon chip and offers product integrators significant benefits, including reduced size, better power consumption, and expanded interface capability. The centerpiece of the P440 module is the company's new Fully Integrated Front End (FIFE) custom UWB chip, a landmark technological achievement which combines the company's two previous custom SiGe chips (Pulser and Analog Front End) into a single chip that is smaller and more power efficient than either of its predecessors. The resulting FIFEbased P440 module is the approximate size of a credit card (56 mm x 89 mm), offers multiple interface options (USB, Ethernet, serial, SPI, and CAN), and consumes less than half the power of the prior generation P410 and P412 platforms. The new modules will use Time Domain's existing suite of ranging/localization and radar/sensing software. In ranging mode, the P440 provides peertopeer distance measurements at better than 2 centimeters accuracy over a range of several hundred meters, with high update rates and in high multipath environments. Network and location layer software and sample code are provided to help users quickly implement their own custom navigation and tracking applications. In radar mode, the P440 can function as a monostatic or multistatic shortrange radar sensor, capable of providing the distance measurement and reflection amplitude of a variety of targets within its scan range, and suitable for indoor or outdoor (allweather) use. The needs of Time Domain's industrial customer base factored heavily in the design of the new platform. The P440 was designed to operate over the full industrial temperature range (40°C to +85°C) and withstand the rigors of high shock and high vibration environments. It has immediate application for: Indoor and GPSdenied navigation and mapping (e.g., autonomous vehicles and robots) Augmentation of GPS and inertial tracking systems in high multipath environments Precision distance measurement for machine controls and guidance Proximity and intrusion detection Noncooperative (tagless) tracking Collision avoidance for unmanned vehicles and robots.