PARALIA will enable an agile, low-cost, and energy-efficient multi-sensor combining RADAR and LiDAR technologies and will re-architect the sensors ecosystem, upgrading their capabilities and enabling ultra-high resolution at ultra-long distances crucial for current and futuristic automotive and aerospace applications.
Within PARALIA project, a common LiDAR/RADAR optical multibeam beamforming platform will be developed based on the best-in-class multi-port optical linear operator architectures. For its implementation, PARALIA will utilize hybrid InP-SiN integration while leveraging a tight integration of InP components in multielement arrays and the advances in SiN PZT optical phase shifters with μs-reconfiguration time, and low power consumption < 1μW.
To demonstrate the universality of the developed optical multi-beam platform PARALIA will demonstrate:
- Two multibeam LiDAR modules featuring 120 degrees horizontal field of view (FOV) and 30 degrees vertical FOV that support 8 and 64 independent beams with 64 independent beams, based on 8 wavelengths - 8x8 linear operator architecture.
- Two multibeam RADAR modules operating at K- and E- band for aerospace and automotive industries, respectively. Both RADAR modules feature 120 degrees Vertical and Horizontal FOVs and support 8 independent beams.
- A multi-sensor module combining the RADAR and LiDAR modules with a processing unit that employs a fusion (Machine Learning) ML algorithm developed to acquire and process the information coming from the multiple beams of the multisensory system enhancing its range and resolution.