On Semi, AImotive form sensor fusion partnership

October 15, 2019 //By Peter Clarke
On Semi, AImotive form sensor fusion partnership
Broadline chip vendor On Semiconductor has announced that it will work with autonomous vehicle technology pioneer AImotive (Budapest, Hungary) to develop prototype sensor fusion platforms for automotive applications.

The offer of such platforms will enable customers to explore designs for subsystems that integrate sensors and data conditioning hardware.

The companies are planning to make a series of hardware demonstrators that will combine image sensors, radar sensors and processor chipsets from On Semi with machine learning algorithms, machine learning hardware acceleration and simulation capabilities from AImotive. A move to AI-enabled subsystems within an automobile is expected to provide superior accuracy and robustness and lower power and lower latency due to reduced amounts of data being transferred between nodes inside the vehicle.

The prototypes will utilize AImotive's aiWare neural network acceleration IP in FPGA-based prototypes as well as modules of software from its aiDrive software portfolio and its aiSim simulation environment.

One of the areas where sensor fusion is being considered is in the fusion of images and data from lidar, optical cameras and radar. Combining high resolution image sensors with radar sensors is expected to improve perception performance in all weather conditions.

On Semi offers products for imaging, radar, lidar and ultrasonic sensing.

"Our customers have been asking us to help them deliver better performance by combining different sensors. When undertaking such challenges, AI and simulation are key technologies to help build future-proof products and development processes," said Davide Santo, general manager of automotive radar sensing solutions at On Semi, in a statement.

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