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Echodyne is a company developing compact, solid-state, high-performance radar system founded in 2014 by Eben Frankenberg and Tom Driscoll.

Echodyne is a Washington based technology company developing compact, solid-state, high-performance radar systems with Meta-particles Electronically Scanning Array (MESA) technology. The company combines long-range, all-weather, ground-truth capabilities of RADAR with high-resolution imaging capability of LIDAR. Echodyne offers its technology to industries like Automotive, Airspace Management, Border Security, Security Integrator, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Service Suppliers. The company’s investors include high-profile investors like Bill Gates and Lux Capital and funding from the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and US Navy.


Echodyne’s radar systems provide high-resolution 3D situational awareness data for autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems, critical infrastructure security, and smart cities. The devices are small enough to mount on drones, and the company claims it to be the order of a magnitude powerful than current sensors. The device is aimed at helping to keep airports and restricted airspace safe from drones. Echodyne uses metamaterial to create phased-array radars on a much smaller scale. It uses a grid of antennas emitting precisely defined patterns, to steer a radar beam in the desired direction. With the beams emitted a few times per second, It can scan the beam over a whole field of view without ever moving the device itself.

EchoGuard Rapid Deployment Kit is a portable radar station built for field agents, law enforcement, and security personnel for use in remote locations. Weighing under 10 kilograms, it is capable of operating 24-hours with replaceable batteries.

Echodyne rapid deployment radar kit

The portable field radar kit may be used for ground or air-based surveillance. Equipped with touch screen user interface and wired/wireless communication abilities, it is suited for quick deployment to detect, track, and interrogate multiple air or land-based objects with precise geo-location capability.


Echodyne’s Acuity software is a suite of tools to allow customization, intelligent radar resource allocation, and data processing algorithms of Echodyne’s radar systems.


Eben Frankenberg and Tom Driscoll founded the company in 2014 and is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington.


September 2019
Echodyne raises a $20,000,000 series C round from Balius Partners, Bill Gates, Lux Capital Management, Madrona Venture Group, New Enterprise Associates, Vanedge Capital and Vulcan Capital.
September 26, 2018
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awards Echodyne $200,000

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today awarded Echodyne Corporation of Bellevue, Washington $200,000 to begin the final testing phase as part of S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

May 2017
Echodyne raises a $29,000,000 series B round from Bill Gates, Lux Capital Management, Madrona Venture Group, New Enterprise Associates, The Kresge Foundation and Vulcan Capital.
December 2014
Echodyne raises a $15,000,000 series A round from Bill Gates, Kresge Foundation, Lux Capital, Madrona Venture Group and Vulcan Capital.
October 1, 2014
Echodyne was founded by Tom Driscoll.

Funding rounds


Further reading


Echodyne's pocket-sized radar may be the next must-have tech for drones (and drone hunters)

Devin Coldewey


May 12, 2017

Documentaries, videos and podcasts


Echodyne: First Air-to-Air Radar Test on Small Drone

Nov 7, 2016


Devin Coldewey
January 6, 2020
Echodyne set the radar industry on its ear when it debuted its pocket-sized yet hyper-capable radar unit for drones and aircraft. But these days all the action is in autonomous vehicles -- so they reinvented their technology to make a unique sensor that doesn't just see things but can communicate intelligently with the AI behind the wheel.


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