FPGA boosts detection area for automotive camera

FPGA boosts detection area for automotive camera

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By Nick Flaherty

Hitachi Astemo is using AMD’s XA Zynq UltraScale+ FPGA multicore system on chip for a stereo camera platform provides a 3X wider detection area than prior generation cameras

The latest forward looking stereo automotive camera from Hitachi Astemo is used for adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking. It uses the AMD Automotive XA Zynq UltraScale+ multi-processor system-on-a-chip (MPSoC) to provide both stereo and monocular image processing in the camera, enabling it to detect objects over 120 degrees, three times wider than its previous-generation cameras. The MPSoC combines stereo camera image-processing algorithms with artificial intelligence to provide object detection that will also enable video-based driver-assistance systems.

“The AMD Automotive XA Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC is incredibly versatile and allows us to add multiple safety-critical features in our forward camera system,” said Makoto Kudo, deputy head of ECU solution business unit, Powertrain and Safety Systems Business Division, Hitachi Astemo Limited. “AMD high-performance, highly scalable, programmable silicon offers distinct benefits for the extremely complex image signal processing requirements of our forward camera system. The flexibility and capabilities of the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC platform and its ability to meet stringent functional safety requirements led us to work with AMD.”

“Hitachi Astemo has clearly demonstrated its technological leadership with the development of this stereo forward camera that utilizes AMD adaptive computing technology,” said Yousef Khalilollahi, corporate vice president, APAC Sales, AMD. “Increased safety and accident avoidance are key tenets to automotive technologies, and AMD is proud to offer the foundational technology in these camera systems.”



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