Published: November 13, 2014 | Munich, Germany
Freescale will soon introduce an OpenCL (Open Computing Language)-based automotive development environment engineered to open the market for car OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers alike to bring ADAS technologies to a wider range of vehicles, faster. The company also called on Tier-1 ADAS system providers and their suppliers to renew their industry-wide commitment to automotive safety via the design and deployment of highly secure embedded semiconductors built from the ground up to meet and exceed automotive-grade quality requirements.
Information: OpenCL™ is the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices. OpenCL (Open Computing Language) greatly improves speed and responsiveness for a wide spectrum of applications in numerous market categories from gaming and entertainment to scientific and medical software.
The ‘open-source’ nature of solution
Responding to the current lack of open standards, and to reverse the trend toward closed, proprietary ADAS systems which inhibit development and stifle design innovation, Freescale will offer an OpenCL development environment for ADAS systems targeting Freescale silicon and engineered to reduce R&D overhead – effectively democratizing the ADAS development process. OpenCL is an open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming. It greatly improves speed and responsiveness for a wide spectrum of applications in numerous markets. OpenCL is an open standard maintained by the non-profit technology consortium Khronos Group.
Driving new innovation to improve safety for autonomous vehicles
Despite the increasing publicity surrounding them, autonomous vehicles will simply not exist on a commercial scale without safe, reliable and secure solutions. Freescale believes that the assertion that consumer-oriented silicon solutions designed to enhance gaming graphics or run smartphone apps are safe enough to ensure autonomous driving-quality and reliability in automotive applications presents significant risk to the automotive industry. Such claims are perpetuating a hype cycle that is dissociating reality from the vision of self-driving technology.
“The existential threat to the self-driving car is safety,” said Luca De Ambroggi, principal analyst for Automotive Semiconductors with IHS. “We are seeing a lot of new entrants to this market with consumer silicon which may pass some safety tests, but is not specifically designed for automotive safety from the ground up. If your graphics processor goes out, that’s one thing; but if your front end sensors, radar and brakes fail, that’s a different story.”