Published: April 27, 2015 | Cambridge, UK
According to ARM, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) equipped vehicles will require at least 100x more compute performance by 2024 compared to 2016 models, with functional safety an industry priority. By offering the first-ever applications processor functional safety package for partners ARM is helping to enable this vision. Currently, companies must build complete safety cases on a chip-by-chip basis, duplicating effort and increasing industry costs. Greater supply chain efficiency is vital for vehicle makers who must balance increasing compute demands with next generation models but still deliver competitive pricing.
ARM is licensing functional safety support across its Cortex-A, Cortex-R and Cortex-M processor families to deliver even stronger alignment for automotive use as the industry seeks to meet rapidly rising compute demands. This will help the ARM ecosystem shape next generation technologies as vehicle manufacturers plan increasingly complex driver assistance and infotainment systems. ARM-based SoCs are already widely used in the automotive sector.
ARM Cortex-A Safety Documents Package
- Support for future Cortex-A processors with initial packages for Cortex-A57, Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 processor licensees
- Helps development and safety assessment of SoC designs to help meet the goals of functional safety standards such as ISO 26262 and IEC 61508
- Delivers a safety manual, FMEA report and development interface report
Increasing Vehicle Compute Performance
The path to high performance, automotive-grade, System on Chips (SoCs) will enable future ADAS based on radar and vision technology and other driver assist and infotainment capabilities.
Today, premium cars have more than 100 processors on board utilizing tens of millions of lines of code. To meet future ADAS demands, ARM expects processor performance compared to 2016 vehicles to increase 20x by 2018, 40-50x by 2020 and 100x by 2024. Meeting this ambition will require deeper functional safety support and higher performance, energy-efficient SoCs.
ARM’s partners are using the latest technology to serve multiple automotive needs such as infotainment as well as ADAS. This includes the Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 processors, and ARM partners Freescale® Semiconductor and Texas Instruments have now announced they will adopt ARM’s recently launched Cortex-A72 processors for vehicle SoCs.