Technology company Vayyar Imaging on Wednesday announced what it claims is the world's most advanced millimeter-wave 3D imaging chip to date. The silicon boasts a unique antenna array numbering 72 receivers and an equal number of transmitters, with those figures being the highest ever achieved in the industry. Besides an unprecedented number of antennas, the new system-on-chip lineup is said to consist of Vayyar's smartest and most powerful offerings in the segment to date, with the solutions being designed to offer better and more cost-effective performance than the firm's previous generation of devices.
While based on some of the latest technologies the industry has to offer, Vayyar's new series isn't experimental and was made with real-world applications in mind, featuring sensors capable of seeing through materials, identifying objects, and differentiating between people. Real-time mapping capabilities are also part of the package, with the new hardware hence being advertised as a versatile solution for a broad range of use cases and industry sectors including robotics, healthcare, and home automation. Among other things, the mmWave chips can be connected to a home security system to monitor for intruders, see through walls in an effort to identify gas leaks and similar infrastructural issues, detect a person's posture, check for vital signs such as breathing, and quantify liquid compositions.
While not the only 3D imaging solution on the market, the Vayyar-made lineup is striving to differentiate itself both through the aforementioned antenna configuration and the fact that it's extremely durable and non-demanding in terms of optimal working conditions, having been rated as capable of operating in fog, smoke, rain, and fire, among other environments. In overall, the company claims no other technology on the market can beat its CMOS imaging radars in terms of versatility, cost-effectiveness, compactness, and pure performance. The new solutions will be made available to manufacturers later this year, with Vayyar now specifically highlighting the fact that it doesn't collect any kind of optic data in order to ensure the privacy of its customers.