The automotive world is changing, with about 1.35 million people dying in road traffic accidents each year, according to the World Health Organization, and cars equipped with FCW and AEB ADAS technology are 50 percent less likely to have back-and-forth crashes than cars without these systems. Curt Moore, general manager of the Texas Instruments ™ processor product line, opened the event at the launch of the new Generation Of Jacinto ™ 7 Processor Platform.
“We focus on areas that have a significant impact on the entire system, combining the ability to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings in a multi-directional way, and using a car-centric design approach to optimize power and system costs.” Curt Moore says the new Jacinto ™ processor platform, based on decades of automotive system and functional safety expertise from Texas Instruments, is dedicated to solving sensing, parallel operations, and system-level challenges, with enhanced deep learning capabilities and advanced network processing. To address design challenges in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automotive gateway applications.
The Texas Instruments Jacinto ™ 7 Series was the first of two automotive-grade chips to be used in ADAS’s TDA4VM processor and DRA829V processor for gateway systems, including dedicated accelerators for accelerating data-intensive tasks such as computer vision and deep learning.
By using sensors such as vehicle-mounted cameras, radar and lidar data, ADAS helps automotive systems collect images and radar data from their surroundings at any time, perform ingress and analyze systems, so that drivers can detect potential hazards in advance, thereby effectively improving the comfort and safety of car driving.
However, it also means that a large amount of data information will flow into the automotive system, how to efficiently manage the processing of multi-level data in real time, while meeting the requirements of system power consumption has become a key problem to be solved. The TDA4VM processor for ADAS loads has powerful on-chip data analysis capabilities and combination spneb sepsis accelerators to make system performance more efficient.
Specifically, the TDA4VM processor collection of on-chip analysis, internal memory and accelerators delivers more efficient performance in deep learning, supporting high-resolution 8-megapixel cameras that help vehicles see farther and add more driver-assisted enhancements. In addition, the TDA4VM processor can operate four to six 3 megapixel cameras simultaneously, while integrating radar, lidar and ultrasonic and other sensory processing on a single chip, enhancing vehicle awareness and 360-degree recognition. In terms of power consumption, the TDA4VM processor performs high-performance ADAS computing with only 5 to 20W of power and performance efficiency, without the need for active cooling. In addition, targeted, integrated SoCs with a common software platform reduce system complexity and development costs.
As automotive technology advances, says Curt Moore, automotive gateways need a flexible processor to manage larger amounts of data while supporting escalating requirements for autonomous driving and connectivity. The Jacinto ™ 7 Series DRA829V processor seamlessly integrates the computing power required by modern automotive gateway systems. It is understood that this is also the industry’s first integrated on-chip PCIe switch processor, the entire automotive system to achieve faster high-performance computing gateway processing and communication. At the same time, an 8-port Gigabit-enabled TSN-enabled Ethernet switch is integrated for faster, high-performance computing and vehicle communication.
Combined with the ability to support ASIL-D’s high-security and non-security-related task processing capabilities, these computing and communication capabilities enable automotive manufacturers and tier 1 suppliers to implement a variety of applications with different requirements on a single chip. Higher on-chip bandwidth can also help developers better manage in-vehicle software development and validation, which means more flexible updates and upgrades.
“The new Jacinto ™ 7 processor family, including the TDA4VM and DRA829V, integrates key functional safety features on the chip to enable both safety and non-security critical features on a single device, and they also improve data management by combining high-speed and automotive interfaces,” says Curt Moore. The Jacinto ™ 7 processorbrings the automotive ADAS and gateway systems with real-world performance and helps reduce system costs, making ADAS technology popular and popular. “