Decoupling the Doppler Ambiguity Interval from the Maximum Operational Range and Range-Resolution in FMCW Radars

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Classical saw-tooth Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radars experience a coupling between the maximum unambiguous Doppler-velocity interval, maximum operational range, range-resolution and processing gain. Operationally, a trade-off is often necessarily made between these parameters. In this paper, we propose a waveform and a processing method that decouples the aforementioned parameter dependencies at the price of using multiple receiver channels within the radar. The proposed method exploits the fact that beat-frequency signals have the same baseband frequency, even if the transmitted and received chirps occupy different radio frequency bands, and have different center-frequencies. We concatenate those baseband signals in the time-frequency domain to restore the range-resolution and processing gain. An overview of FMCW parameters trade-off for related waveforms and a feasibility and limitations analysis of implementing the proposed processing method are presented. The method is verified by simulations and experiments with an FMCW radar for stable, moving and extended-moving targets. We additionally have highlighted its non-idealities in the simulations and experiments. We found that the proposed method indeed alleviates the trade-off between FMCW operational parameters and allows the extension of the Doppler ambiguity interval without compromising on those parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8988231
Pages (from-to)5992-6003
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Sensors Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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  • Beat-Frequency
  • frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW)
  • maximum range
  • range-resolution
  • unambiguous doppler-velocity


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