Singapore : Researchers from a Singapore university have developed a microchip that allows new radar cameras commonly used in large satellites to be made a hundred times smaller than current ones.”We have significantly shrunk the conventional radar camera into a system that is extremely compact and affordable, yet provides better accuracy,” said assistant professor Zheng Yuanjin from Nanyang Technological University’s school of electrical and electronic engineering, reports IANS.

“This will enable high-resolution imaging radar technology to be used in objects and applications never before possible, like small drones, driverless cars and small satellite systems,” he added. Using the new chip, which was recently presented at the “International Solid-State Circuits Conference” (ISSCC) 2016, the palm-sized camera is  20 times cheaper to produce and consumes at least 75 percent less power.

The detailed images from radar cameras can be used  for environmental monitoring of natural disasters.

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