Radar systems that use frequency-modulated, continuous-wave (FMCW) waveforms are typically smaller and less expensive to manufacture than pulsed radar systems. FMCW waveforms can estimate the target range effectively, whereas the simplest continuous-wave waveforms cannot.
FMCW waveforms are common in automotive radar systems and ground-penetrating radar systems.
To create an FMCW waveform, use
can customize certain characteristics of the waveform, including:
Period and bandwidth of the FM sweep. These quantities can cycle through multiple values during your simulation.
To find targets up to a given maximum range,
Sweep shape. This shape can be sawtooth (up or down) or triangular.
Tip For moving targets, you can use a triangular sweep to resolve ambiguity between range and Doppler.
phased.FMCWWaveform assumes that all frequency
modulations are linear. For triangular sweeps, the slope of the down
sweep is the opposite of the slope of the up sweep.
This example shows how to sample an FMCW waveform with a double triangular sweep in which the two sweeps have different slopes. Then, the example plots a spectrogram.
Create an FMCW waveform object for which the
SweepBandwidth properties are vectors of length two. For each period, the waveform alternates between the pairs of corresponding sweep time and bandwidth values.
st = [1e-3 1.1e-3]; bw = [1e5 9e4]; sFMCW = phased.FMCWWaveform('SweepTime',st,... 'SweepBandwidth',bw,'SweepDirection','Triangle',... 'SweepInterval','Symmetric','SampleRate',2e5,... 'NumSweeps',4);
Compute samples from four sweeps (two periods). In a triangular sweep, each period consists of an up sweep and down sweep.
x = step(sFMCW);
Plot a spectrogram.
[S,F,T] = spectrogram(x,32,16,32,sFMCW.SampleRate); image(T,fftshift(F),fftshift(mag2db(abs(S)))) xlabel('Time (sec)') ylabel('Frequency (Hz)')