Xilinx, Xylon and Partners Offer SoC-Based ADAS Development Kit

February 11, 2014  by  


Xilinx, Inc. and Xylon announced the logiADAK Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC Automotive Driver Assistance Kit, jointly developed by Xilinx, Xylon, and ecosystem partners Embedded Vision Systems (eVS) and Digital Design Corporation (DDC). 

The kit is based on the Xilinx® Zynq®-7000 All Programmable SoC (System-on-Chip), which combines Xilinx’s 7-Series FGPA technology with an ARM® dual-core Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ processing system. The Zynq®-7000 exceeds AEC-Q100 qualification requirements and, according to Xilinx, can deliver real-time performance while meeting automotive temperature and quality needs. 

Will My Car be Safe to Drive?

February 3, 2014  by  


By Robert B. K. Dewar

Emeritus Professor of Computer Science, New York University

President, Ada Core Technologies

It’s no secret that the cars we drive today, and especially those we will drive in the near future, have huge amounts of sophisticated software aboard. By some accounts the number of lines of code in a car can significantly exceed the number of lines of code in a modern commercial jetliner. And as with the jetliner, we are entrusting our safety to the reliability of this software.

HARMAN Announces HTML-5-Based Infotainment Platform

January 10, 2014  by  


HARMAN announced an HTML-5-based in-vehicle infotainment platform for rapid development of connected car apps and protection against cyber security threats.

Separate computing domains in a type 1 hypervisor secure critical vehicle functions from errant or malicious software for “automotive grade” robustness that, according to HARMAN, is the first of its kind in the industry.

The architecture also integrates advanced driver assist functions such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and other safety features into the infotainment system to bring sensor-based safety features to a wide range of vehicles through a higher level of system integration.

OmniVision Image Sensor Combines HDR, Low-Light Sensitivity

January 6, 2014  by  


Targeting advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), OmniVision Technologies Inc. launched the single-chip OV10626 AutoVision sensor, which is said to combine exceptional high dynamic range (HDR) while maintaining excellent low-light sensitivity.

The OV10626 supports both NTSC analog and digital outputs as well as dual dynamic overlay functions. The sensor’s color HDR of up to 120 dB and low-light sensitivity of 15 V/Lux-sec ensure that clear, high-quality images are captured, even in extremely challenging lighting conditions.

Honda Demonstrates Safety Technologies

December 4, 2013  by  


Honda has demonstrated two safety technologies aimed at reducing the potential for collisions between automobiles and pedestrians and between automobiles and motorcycles.

Its Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) and Vehicle-to-Motorcycle (V2M) technologies, while still in the research and testing phase, are part of a comprehensive effort by Honda to develop leading-edge safety and driver assistive systems that can help predict and avoid traffic accidents through advanced sensing and communications technologies.

TRW Lane Keeping Assist Technology Based on Closed Loop Control

December 3, 2013  by  



TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. announced that its latest Lane Keeping Assist technology, incorporating closed loop control, has gone into production for the first time on two vehicle platforms for the European market.

Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) integrates data from a video camera sensor with Electrically Powered Steering (EPS) to apply a short counter-steer torque via the steering system to help assist the driver in preventing the vehicle from unintentionally leaving the lane.

Volvo Extols Autonomous Driving

December 2, 2013  by  


The first autonomous features will be introduced in the all-new Volvo XC90 by the end of 2014

Despite massive improvements in traffic safety, 1.2 million people are still killed in traffic every year. In 2007, this spurred Volvo Cars to launch a safety vision stating that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020. The company’s vision is that cars should not crash.

“Pioneering technologies involving extensive use of driver support systems will not only help us realise our safety vision but also bring strong societal and consumer benefits,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Car Group.

Qoros Platform Features TRW Safety Technology

October 30, 2013  by  


TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. announced that it is launching a host of safety features on the new Qoros 3 Sedan – the first international brand headquartered in China to have been awarded a Euro NCAP five star rating.

TRW helped to develop the full passive safety system, supplying airbags (including side and curtain), seat belts, steering wheel and safety electronics, and on the active safety side it also assisted in developing and supplying electronic stability control, anti-lock braking and foundation brake systems.

Synopsys introduces DesignWare processor for safety-compliant systems

October 16, 2013  by  


Integrated Safety Features and ASIL D Ready Compiler Ease Development of ISO 26262-Compliant SoC Designs

Synopsys, Inc. announced availability of the DesignWare® ARC® EM SEP (Safety Enhancement Package) Processor core for automotive safety-compliant applications.

The 32-bit processor is based on the ARC EM4 core. It delivers performance up to 300 MHz and power consumption as low as 16 mW/MHz on typical 65-nanometer (nm) low power silicon processes, with integrated hardware safety features that enable ASIL D compliance in support of the ISO 26262 standard.

TI ADAS chips boost performance, reduce power consumption

October 16, 2013  by  


Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) unveiled an automotive System-on-Chip (SoC) family, TDA2x, for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

The TDA2x device family is said to combine high performance, vision analytics, video, graphics and general purpose processing cores in a low power envelope, enabling a broad range of ADAS applications including front camera, surround view and sensor fusion.

The new SoCs are based on a heterogeneous, scalable architecture that includes TI’s fixed-and floating-point C66x DSP cores, a fully programmable Vision AccelerationPac, ARM® Cortex™-A15 MPCore™ processors, and dual Cortex-M4 cores, along with video and graphics cores and a host of peripherals.

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