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Automated Driving (AD)

Enabling all levels of Automated Driving through our uniquely adaptable, reliable platform

Overview

Xilinx at the Center of Automated Driving

Fully Automated Driving is the future of mobility. All stakeholders – from automakers, suppliers, to autonomous shuttle and robotaxi users – expect the highest level of safety and reliability in automated vehicles. This is where Xilinx plays a critical role – with our Automotive-grade FPGAs and SoCs/MPSoCs, we enable the creation of highly differentiated AD modules. Our automotive solutions offer the ultimate in hardware/software partitioning flexibility combined with a variety of networking connectivity options, unique functional safety architecture configurations and security features for current and future AD modules.


Design Examples

ADAS/AD Domain Controller

  • ARM A53 for object classification and connectivity to vehicle networks
  • Use ARM A53 or ARM Mali GPU for display functionality, e.g. image rendering or generation of overlays
  • PL for sensor interfacing, image/data pre-processing and fusion of sensor data
  • Optional hardware accelleration of software algorithms
  • Implement additional Functional Safety features in the PL
  • Use PL to add additional high-speed interfacing or switching capabilities

Sensor-Fusion System

  • ARM A53 for object classification and connectivity to vehicle networks
  • PL for sensor interfacing, image/data pre-processing and fusion of sensor data
  • Optional hardware accelleration of software algorithms
  • Implement additional Functional Safety features in the PL

Centralized Domain Controller

Automated Driving systems require the highest level of safety to fully enable the new world of mobility. The various vehicle safety sensors output massive amounts of data, and it all needs to be fused into a single data “pipe” for processing. The Data Aggregation, Pre-processing, and Distribution (DAPD) capability of our MPSoCs helps improve AI processing by fusing sensor data and effectively preparing it to be processed by the performance modules – all depending on system architecture requirements.

Compute acceleration is where the main compute of the pre-processed sensor data is performed. This is a primary AD operation for determining vehicle behavior planning. Then, the data is sent to safety processing elements for vehicle control. Our programmable logic fabric offers unparalleled compute architecture flexibility to perform these critical tasks.

Along with this, we also have unique features embedded within all of our SoC/MPSoC devices – those are called “Over-the-Air (OTA) Silicon” and “Dynamic Function eXchange (DFX)”. These unique technology enablers offer the flexibility to implement in-system changes and product upgrades (OTA), and also enable system developers to include mutually exclusive functions during system operation run-time in a single device (DFX). These features are the building blocks for the Xilinx full-stack solution for Automated Driving.

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Dynamic Function eXchange

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Over-the-Air Silicon

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