NXP and Kalray to co develop platform for safe, reliable autonomous driving

NXP Semiconductors has joined forces with Kalray to co-develop a central computing platform with safety as a foundation. Kalray is a pioneer in processors for new intelligent systems that have the capability to analyze on the fly a very large amount of information, and to make decisions and interact in real time with the outside world.

The partnership will combine NXP’s scalable portfolio of functional safety products for ADAS and Central Compute with Kalray’s MPPA® (Massively Parallel Processor Array) processors. NXP will offer the host processor of the platform, its S32 processor, with its safety critical ASIL D and ASIL B capabilities. This will help the platform tackle the requirements of automotive central computing and will target path planning functions. Kalray will deliver its MPPA® processors to safely handle the machine learning aspects of perception.

The first example of this partnership will be the integration of Kalray’s MPPA processors into the NXP BlueBox, an embedded autonomous driving platform. This iteration will address autonomous challenges in power and safety with Arm-based technology and will be designed to support open standards.

According to the company, the new solution will offer sophisticated safety technologies in a “Safety Co-Pilot” configuration that leverages the strengths of each company. In addition, the modularity and scalability of the combined architecture will offer the partners a roadmap with flexible opportunities for rapidly scaling performance.

The companies also claim that the strategic partnership will bring multiple benefits to the development and industrialization of autonomous vehicles in areas such as safety, software, open standards support, performance per watt, architecture flexibility, and scalability.

At CES 2019, the partners will demonstrate the platform running a prototype of Baidu’s Apollo open automotive software solution.

Source: Press Release


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