Renesas configures ‘trusted platform’ for autonomous driving development

Renesas configures ‘trusted platform’ for autonomous driving development

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Renesas Electronics has disclosed “autonomy”, an advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving platform.The first product in the autonomy programme is the R-Car V3M high-performance image recognition system-on-chip (SoC) optimized primarily for use in smart camera applications, as well as surround view systems or even LIDARs.
By Graham Prophet


R-Car V3M SoC complies with the ISO26262 functional safety standard, is designed to deliver low-power hardware acceleration for vision processing, and is equipped with a built-in image signal processor (ISP).


For smart camera applications, the R-Car V3M focuses on enabling NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) features. High-performance is needed to detect traffic signs, lanes, pedestrians, vehicles, and other obstacles in real time. Front cameras are mounted next to the windshield where they are exposed to direct sunlight, therefore low power consumption of the SoC is crucial to minimize further heat dissipation in the smart camera housing. Securing functional safety a key element for front cameras to safely enable features such as automated emergency braking.


The R-Car V3M SoC is a vision platform using different accelerators, including a versatile pipeline engine (IMP) and a computer vision engine (CVE), allowing the R-Car V3M to manage algorithms such as optical flow, object detection and classification and convolutional neural networks. The R-Car V3M integrates a dual ARM Cortex A53 for application programming and dual Cortex R7 lockstep cores to run AUTOSAR. The R-Car V3M achieves the hardware architectural metrics recommended for systems that require ASIL-B and higher functional safety levels to act as a real-time core “safety island.”


The integrated ISP enhances the raw image quality from the camera sensor and makes the image ready for computer vision. The integration eliminates the need for an external ISP component in the front camera or in the sensor itself. The system implements a single DDR3L memory channel to further reduce cost.


Samples of the R-Car V3M SoC will be available from December 2017. Mass production is scheduled to begin in June 2019.

Renesas autonomy is configured as an open and trusted platform for ADAS and automated driving, consisting of Renesas’ sustainable and scalable SoC and microcontroller (MCU) roadmaps. Renesas says it is the only automotive semiconductor supplier in the industry to cover end-to-end solutions from secure cloud connectivity and sensing to vehicle control. This platform, “further extends its commitment to ADAS and automated driving. The platform also gives system manufacturers access to Renesas’ expanding ecosystem of partners for ADAS and automated driving technologies, for development efficiency and faster time to market.


The autonomy, Renesas says, will offer;

– A trusted scalable hardware lineup spanning high performance and low power, for a full range of ADAS and automated driving systems, that will scale from entry to premium, re-use development efforts, and shorten time to market.

– Innovative accelerators and market-proven functional safety technologies – for the implementation of demanding algorithms, Renesas autonomy Platform provides system manufacturers the option to select the most suitable IP cores, including hardware accelerators, offering functional safety and flexibility with lowest power consumption.


Renesas supports several ASIL levels with its SoC and MCU devices. In addition to ASIL-C support with the R-Car V3M SoC, Renesas provides a range of ASIL-B SoCs (R-Car M3 and R-Car H3) and ASIL-D MCUs (RH850/P1X Series) that meet the requirements of the latest ADAS applications.


“ADAS and automated driving applications are driving the future of the automotive market. Renesas autonomy is a trusted, open and innovative platform that covers all needs from secure cloud connectivity, sensing, and cognitive over to vehicle control,” said Jean-Francois Chouteau, Vice President of Renesas Global ADAS Centre. “At Renesas, we want to give the automotive industry the power to control its own destiny. With the Renesas autonomy Platform, we give developers the promise: “You decide what the future of driving will look like.”


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