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India fabless IC startup Steradian joins hands with Astra

Indian fabless semiconductor startup Steradian Semiconductor has formalized cooperation with communication systems provider Astra Microwave Products to produce radar modules, the latest partnership the startup has established since its founding.

The Economic Times reported that Steradian co-founder Ashish Lachhwani said that the company had established a partnership with Astra Microwave Products. Astra will provide Steradian manufacturing know-how and help Steradian scale the Intelligent Transportation System vertical.

Astra designs, develops, and produces RF and microwave subsystems and systems for strategic applications such as defense, space, and meteorology, according to its website. Bangalore-based Steradian designs cellular/RF and microwave transceiver ICs and develops 4D imaging radar products in the millimeter-wave band.

Lachhwani told The Economic Times that its 4D sensing radar could be deployed on gantries, highways, and traffic junctions and could detect hundreds of vehicles across 10-20 lanes at speeds up to 300 kilometers an hour.

Inc42 reported that Steradian was co-founded Gireesh Rajendran, Ashish Lachhwani, Apu Sivadas, Rakesh Kuma, and Alok Josh in 2016 and was one of five startups mentored through MG Motors' innovation program in 2017. Steradian received a US$2 million investment from Endiya Partners in 2018 and raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Inflextor Technology in 2020.

In recent years, Steradian has been expanding partnerships. In 2018, US-based mixed-signal semiconductor firm Integrated Device Technology partnered with Steradian and used Steradian's RF products to deliver the SenseVerse SVR4410 multi-channel high-resolution MIMO radar device.

According to Benzinga Newswire, US-based automobile electronics supplier Visteon joined hands with Steradian in January 2022. Steradian will provide Visteon with access to its 4D image radar sensor hardware and perception software for Visteon's DriveCore technology, which can analyze sensor data and react to steer, brake, and accelerate vehicles appropriately.