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AWR6843AOPEVM: Linux/ARM64 Compatibility

Part Number: AWR6843AOPEVM
Other Parts Discussed in Thread: IWR6843AOP, IWR6843AOPEVM, MMWAVEICBOOST, AWR6843AOP, AWR6843

Hello Guys,

Good day.

Our customer is developing drones and are searching for a radar module for altimetry. They are currently using a Linux-based (ARM64) single-board computer onboard their drones. Are any of our radar modules (mmWave) capable of interfacing and sending altimetry data to a Linux-based (ARM64) computer? Currently they are interested in our  AWR6843AOPEVM because it is small and compact. But they are open to alternatives if they are better suited to their application.

Thanks and regards,

Art

  • Hi Art

    Yes both the IWR6843AOP and AWR6843AOP devices have a variety of interfaces (UART, SPI, I2C, etc). For evaluation you should have customer order an IWR6843AOPEVM (or AWR6843AOPEVM) and an MMWAVEICBOOST board. Example projects (Labs) are available on the TI Resource Explorer.

    Let me know if you have more questions.

    Regards,

    AG

  • Thanks AG. Customer is wondering if the evaluation board, AWR6843AOPEVM, would be able to be used out-of-the-box for altimetry?

    They were hoping to avoid designing and fabricating a new PCB around the AWR6843 IC to save time.

    Is it possible to use only the AWR6843AOPEVM (without the BOOST board)
    for altimetry and have it communicate with their onboard computer (Linux)?

    Thanks and regards,

    Art

  • Hi Art

    Yes it is very possible but the MMWAVEICBOOST is used for easy interfacing with UART/I2C/SPI/etc through the back side BP/LP connector. So you'll need to perform hardware modifications to the AWR6843AOPEVM to draw out the needed lines and interface them with external host accordingly. Also the MMWAVEICBOOST is needed for running the device in debug mode but it sounds like that won't be immediately necessary for your application.

    If there's more questions on this please submit a new thread with AWR6843AOPEVM part number an we can have a hardware expert look into it for you.