Metawave adds Infineon Technologies as new investor
Metawave Corp. announced the addition of Infineon Technologies in its recent financing round. The companies are working to deliver the next generation of Metawave’s WARLORD (W-band Advanced Radar for Long-Range Object Recognition and Detection) radar for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).
Metawave says it is building wireless technology platforms using engineered metamaterials and artificial intelligence (AI) to develop the first long-range, high-resolution WARLORD radar platform with imaging and object classification capabilities for ADAS and autonomous driving. In addition, Metawave is developing hybrid analog and digital smart antenna SABER platforms for fixed wireless and the 5G cellular infrastructure to power dense point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and mesh configurations for backhaul and access networks. According to the company, this technology enables longer-range reach to extend the footprint of base stations using narrow beams formed and steered in the analog space without causing or being susceptible to interference.
“This investment is another step by Infineon to further expand our radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) transceiver technology expertise in automotive radar and wireless RF communications in general,” said Ritesh Tyagi, head of Silicon Valley Automotive Innovation Center of Infineon Technologies America Inc. “Metawave’s solutions are highly complementary to our radar portfolio.”
“We’ve been working closely with Infineon to integrate our front-end, high-resolution radar imaging capabilities with Infineon’s market-leading, highly integrated 77 GHz radar transceivers supporting ASIL-C automotive systems,” said Metawave’s CEO, Maha Achour. “Our team has already demonstrated a high-resolution automotive 77 GHz radar, with object classification capabilities based on a simpler architecture that scales for long ranges and wider field of views. We welcome Infineon to our group of forward thinking investors who understand the broad reaching implications of Metawave’s technology.”