LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Automated Driving will generate significant amounts of data from sensors and other inputs such as radar, camera, LiDAR and maps. The data can be processed in either the individual sensor or on a central control unit, constructing a high-precision environment model of the vehicle's surroundings. The greater the data volume to be processed and analyzed, the more computing power is needed. This, in turn, drives the need for control units that are more powerful than the ones currently in use today. At CES 2018, Continental will showcase a highly flexible computing platform for automated driving systems and the processing of large amounts of data.
Developed by Continental's San Jose Research & Development Center in collaboration with Xilinx, San Jose, the Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit will enable Continental's customers to get to market faster by building upon the Open Computing Language (OpenCL) framework, standardized by the Khronos Group, a consortium focused on the creation of open standards for graphics, media and parallel computation. The platform provides heterogeneous computing options such as a Central Processing Unit (CPU), Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), Digital Signal Processor (DSP), and now with the help of Xilinx, a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), which offers a customizable hardware acceleration solution. This provides developers the ability to optimize software for the appropriate processing engine or to create their own hardware accelerators with the Xilinx programmable logic. The result is the ultimate freedom to optimize performance, without sacrificing latency, power dissipation, or the flexibility to move software algorithms between the integrated chips, as the project progresses.
"Xilinx is proud to collaborate with Continental in the development of the Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit, enabling the creation of an ecosystem for automated driving. We embrace the spirit of a hardware platform that invites collaboration, rather than tying companies to a proprietary architecture," said Willard Tu, Sr. Director, Automotive Market at Xilinx.
"Our Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit will enable automotive engineers to create their own differentiated solutions for machine learning, and sensor fusion. Xilinx's All Programmable Technology was chosen as it offers flexibility and scalability to address the ever-changing and new requirements along the way to fully automated self-driving cars," said Amit Kapoor, Head of Continental's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems business unit in North America. "For Continental, the Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit is a central element for implementing the required functional safety architecture and, at the same time, a host for the comprehensive environment model and driving functions needed for automated driving."
Central computer with strictest safety requirements for automated driving
The Assisted & Automated Driving Control Unit offers a scalable product family for assisted and automated driving fulfilling the highest safety requirements (ASIL D) by 2019. This platform will provide a variety of communication ports for the necessary data flow. During development, Continental distinguishes between an Assisted Driving Control Unit and an Automated Driving Control Unit. The first product of this scalable family is a module for advanced driver assistance systems that offers a complete, cost-optimized package connecting sensors and actuators with the perfect balance of central intelligence, safety, and security. The control unit for automated driving follows closely behind as a powerful computer that meets the requirements of highly automated driving, with a special focus on new digital structures for comprehensive environment modeling, ASIL D and real-time performance, while providing a heightened ease of use to developers by offering an OpenCL path into every chip present.
Continental at CES
Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transport. In 2016, Continental generated sales of ?40.5 billion and currently employs more than 233,000 people in 56 countries.
About Xilinx in Automotive
Xilinx is a leading provider of All Programmable products used in ADAS and Autonomous Vehicles. Xilinx products are deployed into aggregation points, distributed smart sensors, in-cabin monitoring, and central modules. Xilinx products offer competitive differentiation with the fastest system response time at the lowest power. As sensors and algorithms change, the products deliver the most flexibility. The company has been shipping its dedicated XA family of products in volume for over 12 years, meeting the unique automotive requirements for reliability, safety, and security. Automotive engineers creating their own differentiated solutions are enabled with Xilinx's software development environment, including building blocks for computer vision, machine learning, sensor fusion and connectivity.
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