Renesas, Hella Aglaia join forces for camera platform

Renesas, Hella Aglaia join forces for camera platform

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

The cooperation between the chip manufacturer from Japan and the developer of intelligent visual sensor systems from Berlin gives the market for front view cameras a powerful boost, as the sensor vision is to become one of the most important requirements for NCAP in the next few years. According to Strategy Analytics, the front-end camera market is expected to exceed 200 million units over the next five years. This is made possible by the rapid introduction of NCAP safety functions such as automatic emergency braking, lane keeping warning and traffic sign recognition. “OEMs and Tier Ones are looking for open, but proven solutions with the right performance and cost-effectiveness to give them the freedom to implement a front camera with their own distinctive features,” comments Strategy Analytics expert Ian Riches.

The Renesas R-Car V3M SoC implements an energy-efficient computer vision platform with various hardware accelerators, including a versatile Pipeline Engine (IMP) and a Computer Vision Engine (CVE), which allows the R-Car V3M to operate convolutional neural networks for the classification of objects and to manage algorithms such as optical flow and object recognition. The R-Car V3M also has an integrated ISP and a single DDR3L memory channel that offers further cost-cutting potential. The R-Car V3M is part of the Renesas Autonomy Platform, the chipmaker’s platform for ADAS and automated driving, providing end-to-end solutions from cloud to sensor and vehicle control.

Hella Aglaia’s software solutions reduce development time, effort and risk for the next wave of front-of-camera customers. As an experienced Tier 2 supplier of camera software for Level 2 and Level 3, Hella Aglaia delivers portable software that can be combined with Tier 1 or OEM software IP to help customers focus on creating their USPs. The software is scalable and ranges from cost-effective NCAP applications to level 3 based front camera applications.

The Renesas R-Car V3M is available now. The application software supplied by Hella Aglaia is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2018.

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