Samsung Thales has selected the Novelda-built NVA6100 nanoscale impulse radar system to launch its vehicle-mounted land mine detector development programme.

A joint venture between Samsung Electronics and Thales, Samsung Thales’ vehicle-mounted land mine detector will be designed for efficient detection and removal of land mines left behind from wars worldwide.

Novelda CMO Aage Kalsaeg said the Novelda Impulse Radar is a complete CMOS radar system installed on an electromagnetic high-precision sensor for human vital sign monitoring, personal security, environmental monitoring, industrial automation and other novel sensor applications.

"Unlike technologies that demand free visibility, Novelda NVA6100 Impulse Radar system’s ability to detect objects behind obstacles eliminates the need to clean lenses, thus ensuring cost savings for customers," Kalsaeg said.

"In addition, Novelda saves costs and time for developers by supplying development kits, Radar modules and software, and providing development support for the entire range of available chips."

“Unlike technologies that demand free visibility, Novelda NVA6100 Impulse Radar system’s ability to detect objects behind obstacles, eliminates the need to clean lenses."

Equipped with selectable first order Gaussian low power RF pulse generators, the NVA6100 is a single-die CMOS chip designed to provide high-performance, low power, and small-size solution for impulse RADAR applications requiring high-penetration properties.

Increased speed and high sensitivity combined with the ability to detect objects behind obstacles make the radar complementary or substitute for current technologies, including ultrasound, video and infrared sensors.

Easily modified to FCC/ETSI regulated UWB-masks through simple off-chip filtering, the radar delivers several enhancements and value added features to security surveillance applications, including motion detection, and energy automation and defence missions, compared with legacy technology.

Other sensor applications offered by the radar across an array of sectors include stress and pulse monitoring, medical diagnosis involving heartbeat monitoring and 3D RF-imaging, as well as distance and road obstacle detection.

Image: A US Army personnel clears a mine field outside of Fallujah in the Iraq conflict. Photo: courtesy of US Army photo, by Spc Derek Gaines.

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