Aisin picks AMD Xilinx MPSoC for automated parking system

Aisin picks AMD Xilinx MPSoC for automated parking system

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Systems that can assume driving tasks require sophisticated sensor technology and a powerful computing platform for environment recognition and trajectory calculation. AMD Xilinx Automotive’s Zynq Ultrascale+ family of MPSoCs appears to provide these: Japanese Tier One supplier Aisin has selected these chips for an Automated Parking System (APA).

The Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC platform from AMX Xilinx Automotive (XA) enables Aisin’s latest generation APA system to detect pedestrians, vehicles and clear space efficiently and at extremely low latency. The Aisin APA system will begin shipping to vehicle manufacturers in the 2024 model year.

Central to Aisin’s choice was the flexibility of XA’s Die MPSoC platform. The MPSoCs used in the Aisin APA system cameras combined an arm-based multicore multiprocessing system with programmable logic. This ASIC contains special co-processors that can be optimised for the system’s requirements, including a deep-learning processing unit for Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) processing. This enables machine learning-based scene segmentation and object recognition for the Aisin APA system. The XA Zynq MPSoC platform is thus able to offload critical functions such as graphics and video pipelining to dedicated processing blocks to enable low-latency image processing.

Aisin’s system uses four cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors to detect the environment and calculate the driving route. The system then steers the vehicle according to the determined route to park itself. If the system detects a risk of collision, it performs automatic emergency braking.

“Aisin’s APA system is based on complex artificial intelligence and requires a SoC with high performance and low latency. That’s why we chose the AMD Xilinx XA Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC platform,” said Morito Oshita, President, Chassis and Vehicle Safety System Company, Aisin Corporation. “Basic surround-view systems have relieved consumers of some of the challenges of manual parking, while APA systems can now significantly reduce the stress of parking in tight spots. We are excited to begin development and offer this solution to consumers.”

“As surround view systems evolve from simple video stitching and graphics overlays that visually assist drivers to cars that are now able to use AI to park themselves, we see a great opportunity to support the needs of this market with our adaptable Zynq platform,” explained Hanneke Krekels, corporate vice president, Core Vertical Markets, AMD.

As the pace of innovation in the automotive industry continues to increase, so does the need for high-performance computing, acceleration and graphics technologies. AMD is at the forefront of this challenging environment with a broad range of CPUs und GPUs as well as, since the Xilinx takeover in February 2022, FPGAs and adaptive SoCs.

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