RISC-V-Based Radar Signal Processor
Hyperspace DSP –
The Fastest Radar Signal Processor on the Market
What Is Hyperspace DSP?
Hyperspace digital signal processor is a radar hardware accelerator attached to a custom-generated RISC-V-based core. We achieve the highest possible DSP speed by generating the optimal solution for your application based on desired input and output parameters. Hyperspace DSP is highly configurable to provide the best answer to performance, size, and power consumption requirements and limitations. Applicable to everything from small, low-power chips to high-performance multi-core application processors.
Hyperspace DSP Benefits:
- Fastest radar DSP on the market
- Highly configurable
- Application-optimized performance
Hyperspace DSP RISC-V-Based Chip
Why Choose NOVELIC
NOVELIC is the largest worldwide independent B2B radar engineering house. We have over 5 years of experience with RISC-V, from embedded microcontroller-sized to Linux-capable application processor cores.
RISC-V is a free and open ISA (instruction set architecture) developed at Berkeley. It has a modular design, allowing users to add extensions to the base set of instructions depending on the project application.
By being free to use, RISC-V has facilitated innovation in processor research and development, enabling the creation of pioneering solutions for industries like automotive or IoT.
Advantages of RISC-V
Reduced development expenses – no royalties cost for ISA use
More Customization Options – allows for chipset hardware customization in terms of size and power usage
Faster Time To Market – reusing open-source IP speeds up development
Community Support – open-source community promotes collaboration and offers shared resources
How Does Hyperspace DSP Work?
Hyperspace is an acronym for hybrid parameterizable radar signal processing accelerator. This solution is built using a RISC-V-based core attached to a custom radar hardware accelerator.
The accelerator uses parameters like the number of transmitters and receivers as well as ADC characteristics as input and generates the optimal solution based on these metrics. Hyperspace DSP is front-end agnostic and can be connected to any type of RF frontend regardless of the manufacturer.
Hyperspace DSP can be configured to process information about object range, velocity, and angle. The output can be anything from a simple distance measurement to an imaging radar interface, depending on your application needs.
By generating a tailored solution for your needs, Hyperspace DSP enables cost savings through optimized chip size and power usage, while ensuring the highest possible radar signal processing speed.
Hyperspace DSP Diagram
Hyperspace DSP Benefits
Ultra-fast response time, critical for automotive industry applications where a quick reaction is paramount.
RF Front-end Agnostic
Front-end agnostic, can be connected to any major manufacturer’s or a custom-made RF frontend.
Fully customizable core generator based on all types of SiFive RISC-V processor cores.
You can choose:
- Single-core or multi-core setup
- Core size (number of pipeline stages)
- Cache size and levels, number of TLB entries
- Bus types
- Interrupt types and priority levels
- Width of off-chip I/O
- Other parameters
We optimize radar DSP performance based on your needs.
Input parameters like the number of transmitters and receivers are used to generate the best solution in terms of chip size, performance, and power consumption.
Outputs can be anything from simple parking sensor distance measurement to complex imaging radar applications.
NOVELIC in Top 40
for Google-sponsored Efabless Open MPW Shuttle
Efabless Open MPW Shuttle is a Google-sponsored program providing fabrication for fully open-source projects using the SkyWater Open Source PDK (Process Design Kit).
A submission from NOVELIC was chosen as one of the 40 successfully fabricated projects. Each design was made on Caravel, an SoC harness powered by PicoRV32, a RISC-V-based CPU core.
Our team designed Spectravel, a digital spectrometer SoC consisting of an SDF-FFT (Single-Path Delay-Feedback Fast Fourier Transform) generator and its support circuitry, written in Chisel.
The potential of full open-source lies in reusing hardware design for radar signal processing backend to increase development speed and productivity.
NOVELIC Spectravel SoC