Hailo & Renesas power iMotion’s iDC High domain controller

TEL AVIV, Israel, January 30, 2024 – Hailo, the chipmaker of edge artificial intelligence (AI) processors, announced that autonomous driving solutions provider iMotion has selected Hailo-8 AI accelerator and the Renesas R-Car V4H SoC (System-on-Chip) to power iMotion iDC High domain controller for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving (AD). This partnership is expected to bring advanced AI capabilities and efficiency to automotive systems.

The integration of Hailo-8 AI processors into the iMotion iDC High domain controller marks a monumental leap for automotive technology. This advancement makes applications such as Highway Pilot / Navigate on Autopilot (NoA), Automated Home Parking, and in the future also Urban Pilot / NoA viable and cost-effective for mass-market vehicles. The second half of this year is expected to see the Chinese automaker commence mass production with the iMotion iDC High domain controller.

The high-performance iDC High enables Bird’s Eye View 3D perception for advanced automated driving applications. It also enhances safety and comfort with a 10V5R sensor configuration. Importantly, the low power consumption of the Hailo-8 accelerator enables passive cooling of the ECU, lowering the cost of the residual bill of materials (BoM). This also simplifies the vehicle integration.

“Integrating Hailo-8 AI accelerator and Renasas R-Car V4H SoC significantly enhances the affordability of iMotion’s AD/ADAS domain controller. Marking an important development in our shared commitment, this integration enables best-in-class processing capabilities, ensuring advanced automated driving safety. Additionally, it contributes to making such technology more affordable for all vehicles,” said Orr Danon, Hailo CEO. “Partnering with iMotion represents another key milestone in our quest. We aim to make our AI technology foundational in the 21st-century global automotive industry. This industry needs high-performance, cost-effective, robust, and scalable AI solutions for automated driving and parking.”

“We chose to partner with Hailo for high performance AI in ADAS because of the advanced AI capabilities. The efficiencies their Hailo-8 AI processor brings to the market benefit all drivers. The Hailo-8 accelerator is unique in its ability to enable power-efficient AI acceleration of state-of-the-art Neural Networks. It achieves this with low energy consumption, greatly advancing automotive innovation,” said iMotion CTO Calvin Lu. 

Further amplifying that point, Takeshi Fuse, Vice President of Marketing, High Performance Computing Division of Renesas, noted: “The integration of the Renesas R-Car SoC with the Hailo-8 AI accelerator further enables unprecedented capabilities. This includes Bird’s-Eye-View 3D perception at an affordable cost for mass market vehicles. Together, we are bringing to life a new era in high performance, affordable automated driving. This will benefit the Chinese automotive market specifically and the automotive industry at large.” 

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