Create a flexibly configurable assisted driving and smart cockpit SoC platform

Recently, the 4th AutoAI 2021 Autonomous Driving and Smart Cockpit China Summit hosted by Taas Labs was held in Shanghai. More than 400 industry professionals from various fields such as OEMs, primary and secondary suppliers, Electronic and electrical suppliers, self-driving car developers, in-vehicle software and gateways, automotive Ethernet solution providers, semiconductor design companies, etc. Discussed the current situation and future development trends, technical difficulties and challenges of the global autonomous driving, smart cockpit, and automotive Ethernet technology markets.

Recently, the 4th AutoAI 2021 Autonomous Driving and Smart Cockpit China Summit hosted by Taas Labs was held in Shanghai. More than 400 industry professionals from various fields such as OEMs, primary and secondary suppliers, electronic and electrical suppliers, self-driving car developers, in-vehicle software and gateways, automotive Ethernet solution providers, semiconductor design companies, etc. Discussed the current situation and future development trends, technical difficulties and challenges of the global autonomous driving, smart cockpit, and automotive Ethernet technology markets.

Chen Boyu, Director of Socionext Automotive Marketing Department, was invited to attend this conference and delivered a keynote speech entitled “Flexible Configurable Intelligent Driving and Intelligent Cockpit SoC Platform” at the[Autonomous Driving Development Trend and Core Technology Innovation]sub-forum, and In-depth discussions with the guests on the new development trend of automotive intelligent driving and intelligent cockpit.

Create a flexibly configurable assisted driving and smart cockpit SoC platform
Picture: Chen Boyu, Director of Socionext Automotive Electronics Marketing Department, delivered a speech

In-vehicle SoC empowers the development of intelligent vehicles

In the future, automobiles will continue to develop in the direction of intelligence, interconnection, safety, and energy saving. New applications and new functions such as advanced vehicle driver assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous driving, and Internet of Vehicles (V2X) will emerge in an endless stream. Algorithm chips, millimeter wave radar, and lidar , With the rapid development of new MEMS sensors and other technologies, it is difficult for traditional MCUs to meet the development needs of ADAS systems.

So, how do chip manufacturers play an impact in the process of automotive intelligence?

Chen Boyu pointed out that as the automotive electronic and electrical architecture enters the domain control stage, SoC, as the core component of the algorithm, plays a vital supporting role. Although the absolute number of SoCs in the car will decrease, it will develop rapidly in the direction of high integration and high computing power. Socionext launched a new IP module, from the two areas of assisted driving system ADAS and intelligent cockpit, by providing platform SoC solutions, helping customers iterate and produce their chips quickly.

New IP modules are developing in two major areas

At present, whether Tesla is good or not, many domestic new forces that take L2 level and above assisted driving products as their bright spots are all relying on on-board camera sensors. The ISP processor is an important component of the on-board camera sensor. . Chen Boyu said that with its deep technology and experience accumulation in the consumer electronics field, Socionext has recently developed the car-level image signal processing module “Sensight”. Sensight can provide image preprocessing in smart cockpit camera applications, including image denoising, restoration, restoration, deformity correction, etc.; in ADAS assisted driving system applications, Sensight can filter invalid image information collected and intercepted by vehicle sensors, and finally extract Provide effective information such as vehicles, pedestrians, lane lines, road traffic signs, etc., and provide support for ADAS scenarios such as lane detection, 360° surround view systems, automatic parking, and fatigue driving early warning systems.

Create a flexibly configurable assisted driving and smart cockpit SoC platform
Picture: Socionext Automotive ISP

In the field of vision sensors, many solution providers try to break through the bottleneck of camera technology through AI and computing power. In this context, Socionext has launched the deep learning AI accelerator “NXA Module”, which can meet the current needs of L1~L3 assisted driving scenarios. Chen Boyu introduced that the Socionext NXA AI accelerator module includes two parts, DPA and NNA. On the one hand, it can realize the recognition and matching of people, animals, vehicles, road signs and various other obstacles through the cooperation of convolutional neural networks. On the other hand, it can be flexibly selected. Equipped with NNA50, NNA100, or even NNA200, it can add or subtract computing power and achieve high performance under low power consumption. The current energy efficiency of this IP is 12.1TOPS/W, which is far ahead of friends in the industry.

Create a flexibly configurable assisted driving and smart cockpit SoC platform
Figure: Socionext low-power AI accelerator: NXA

Persist in leading the leading position in the field of automotive ASIC with technology

Socionext has been committed to the research and development of high-performance and high-quality products for a long time. The company has been following the evolution of advanced technology, providing customers in China and the world with leading-edge automotive-grade chips, playing a role of leading the industry’s technology. Chen Boyu introduced that Socionext’s automotive-grade chips on 28nm, 16nm, and 7nm process platforms have been mass-produced, and the industry’s leading 5nm automotive-grade chips have also launched in-depth cooperation with TSMC. The product is currently under planning and is expected to be next year. Provide samples to the market quarterly.

Different from the general custom chip, the car-level custom chip emphasizes the quality control, certification and process of the car standard. Socionext adopts a design that can prevent defects and reduce manufacturing defects, and is committed to providing high-quality, high-reliability products through various measures such as quality management in close cooperation with manufacturing subcontractors. Socionext provides services including: functional safety (ISO26262), testing, design verification (DFT/DFM), quality assurance and analysis technology and other services, providing high-quality in-vehicle chips for automotive electronic systems.

Create a flexibly configurable assisted driving and smart cockpit SoC platform
Figure: Socionext’s automotive-grade custom chip design capabilities

As a leading fabless design company in the world, Socionext provides excellent design and development capabilities, and is committed to promoting technological iterations in the local market through its own transformation and innovation, thereby becoming a SoC supplier with rich design experience and successfully serving the domestic market in recent years. A number of automotive chip start-up companies have developed and landed major projects including smart cockpits and autonomous driving assistance systems.In the future, Socionext will also contribute to the intelligent transformation and upgrading of automobiles through its understanding of the industry, leading technical reserves and rich development experience.

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