Softbanks ARM unveils dedicated chip design for autonomous cars

LONDON: Driverless vehicle features are moving closer to mass production and British ARM chip designer is launching the first of a new line of safety-critical processors, including automatic collision avoidance vehicles.
New AE Series or “Automotive Enhanced” application processors enable chip manufacturers to develop security features that enable autonomous vehicles to meet the strictest security requirements, the company announced on Wednesday when it unveiled its first-class processor-autonomous Cortex-A76AE ,
This assumes that the first cars using this processor will be on the road in 2020.
Existing ARM customers working on stand-alone platforms include Nvidia, NXP, Renesas, Samsung’s Harman, and Siemens Mentor.
ARM-based chips are used in 85 percent of automotive entertainment systems and two-thirds of collision detection processor chips.
Automakers and their suppliers want to be able to run many different applications with different security standards, the highest level of certification in the automotive industry, said Lakshmi Mandyam, vice president of automotive operations at ARM. an interview.
“This flexibility and flexibility will bring many innovations and new applications to the automotive industry,” said ARM, referring to new ARM-based chips built by customers.
In the semiconductor sector, ARM is developing the package that enables hardware and software vendors to develop autonomous driving applications ranging from braking and steering systems to collision detection and vehicle entertainment systems.
The Cortex AE chip has been optimized to be built with the most advanced 7-nanometer circuit cabling, says ARM, which increases the number of features that can be accommodated in the same room.
The company says its new silicon-on-chip (SoC) designs only need a few tens of watts of power, rather than the kilowatts that chips now need to drive prototypes of driverless cars.

Customers can use the same designs to perform other, less safety-critical features, such as infotainment, that can be enhanced by live software updates.
This “shared locking” design – the combination of locked functions that can not be changed or unlocked – can share parts of the same chip, promises superior performance and lower power consumption, a key element for vehicles with autonomous electric vehicles.
ARM, its rival Corp., has been working on a roadmap for delivery of the first generation of fully autonomous vehicle chips since 2020, based on its acquisition of collision detection company Mobileye a year ago. ,
ARM was acquired two years ago by the Japanese company Softbank, which encourages it to invest more in the emerging markets for automobiles, industrial equipment and other integrated equipment in addition to the main computer and telephone licenses.

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