MENU, Imagination Technologies to jointly boost RISC-V in cars, Imagination Technologies to jointly boost RISC-V in cars

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Software-defined vehicles open new opportunities to redefine and package transportation and mobility as services. This however poses enormous challenges in design, verification, and production of connected autonomous vehicles.

Proponents believe that The RISC-V open instruction set architecture (ISA) is well positioned for the automotive market. The served addressable market (SAM) for RISC-V in automotive was 4 million cores in 2020, forecast to rise to 150 million cores in 2022, and to 2.9 billion cores by 2025 (source: Deloitte). However, uncertainties around maturity, performance, and security compared to more established automotive ISA have delayed adoption. The strategic partnership between and Imagination Technologies aims to address those concerns and position RISC-V as a mainstream, high-performance, secured compute platform for the automotive industry. Cloud is an end-to-end, close-loop, mixed-reality platform that powers the needs of automotive OEMs and suppliers to explore, design, build and train / validate compute solutions critical to the future of the connected and autonomous driving cars. The complete ‘Digital Twins’ approach offers a near real-time, realistic, and repeatable setting, needed to create automotive products that perform well in the stochastic and diverse real world.

“With our track record of delivery into automotive and our diverse IP offerings, Imagination’s GPU, AI, ethernet and RISC-V CPU cores are ideal for automotive grade, safety-critical applications. An integration of these IPs into mix-reality cloud enables the designers to continuously characterize, validate, and develop software for automotive use-cases. We are delighted to be partnering with to enable the next evolution of RISC-V automotive design,” comments Shreyas Derashri, Vice President of Compute at Imagination.

“From integration and training for auto-pilot systems, to the fusion of in-vehicle control and infotainment, and integration with automotive edge and cloud data services, the capabilities of Cloud will prove to be crucial component of any automotive company’s process and development portfolio,” added Krishna Raghavan, founder of

Automotive devices-under-x extends from onboard elements (sensors, cameras, ECUs, compute solutions) to infrastructure elements (traffic lights, smart signs, wireless communication) and vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles), all utilizing IPs from Imagination Technologies. Cloud provides the means for developers and software systems to interact with the device-under-x in a close-loop context. Simulation helps the designers understand how an automotive product or device may ultimately function. extends this capability to all phases of the product design and development, from conceptualization to stages of implementation and deployment.

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