Renesas Electronics Corporation and LUPA-Electronics GmbH have announced the EagleCAM module, an open front camera system, featuring Renesas’ R-Car V3H and R-Car V3M system-on-chip (SoC) devices. The all-in-one scalable camera platform targets the latest Euro NCAP and C-NCAP requirements, such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and traffic sign recognition. The jointly-developed platform enables OEMs and Tier 1s to differentiate and extend their offering by integrating their proprietary or third-party software that adds additional driving features.
Most smart camera turnkey products on the market today take a black box approach, making it challenging for OEMs and Tier 1s to address changing market demands and slowing down development. With EagleCAM featuring R-Car SoCs, Renesas and LUPA introduce an open turnkey platform that delivers flexible, high-performance perception while shortening time to market and reducing the bill of materials (BOM) costs.
“The combination of LUPA’s EagleCAM and Renesas R-Car SoCs delivers scalable and functional safety-compliant, open ADAS solutions that enables flexible feature integration, allowing customers to achieve quicker time to production,” said Naoki Yoshida, Vice President, Automotive Digital Products Marketing Division, Automotive Solution Business Unit, at Renesas.
“The demand for automotive safety is at an all-time high,” said Benjamin May, CEO at LUPA-Electronics. “By integrating the low-power, high-performance R-Car SoCs into our EagleCAM smart camera platform, we are making it easy for OEMs to add novel safety and driver comfort features to their next-generation vehicles. Our flexible approach speeds up product development cycles while enabling a safer, more fun driving experience for end customers.”
Based on Renesas’ proven R-Car SoCs, EagleCAM supports low- to high-end front camera applications with extensions for surround view, driver monitoring, and augmented reality. In addition to the R-Car SoCs, EagleCAM also includes Renesas’ automotive power management ICs (PMICs) to further reduce BOM costs. With the recent update of the R-Car V3H, the new turnkey platform benefits from the improved CNN performance of up to 3.7 TOPS, ASIL-C capability of the real-time domain and camera support of up to 8 Megapixels. EagleCAM features a pre-validated hardware design, shortening the time required to reach mass production. Customers can access best-in-class perception stacks that offer shorter turnaround time or stacks based on emerging technologies, allowing them to achieve the best fit for their application needs.