Artificial Intelligence

One lane closer to an autonomous driving experience

17th October 2013
Nat Bowers

Texas Instruments introduce a new automotive System-on-Chip family which incorporates an innovative Vision AccelerationPac to help customers create advanced driver assistance systems that help reduce the number of collisions on the road and enable autonomous driving experiences. The highly integrated TDA2x SoC family enables a broad range of ADAS applications including front camera, surround view and sensor fusion.

Unlike other processors in the industry, TI’s TDA2x family combines an optimal mix of high performance, vision analytics, video, graphics and general purpose processing cores in a low power envelope. TI’s unique Vision AccelerationPac complements the industry’s leading TMS320C66x digital signal processors generation cores, and enables more ADAS algorithms to run simultaneously.

Using the TDA2x family, developers can fully achieve embedded automotive vision by enabling the industry’s broadest range of ADAS applications on a common architecture. This in turn allows algorithm investments to be shared across multiple systems.

The TDA2x enables front camera applications including high beam assist, lane keep assist, advanced cruise control, traffic signal recognition, pedestrian / object detection, and collision avoidance to run simultaneously. Additionally, it enables park assist applications including intelligent 2D and 3D surround view and rear collision warning and can also run a pedestrian/object detection algorithm developed for the front camera. TI’s TDA2x also serves as a central processor for fused radar and camera sensor data, allowing more robust ADAS decision making.

The TDA2x SoC is based on a heterogeneous, scalable architecture that includes TI's fixed-and floating-point C66x DSP cores, a fully programmable Vision AccelerationPac, ARM Cortex-A15 MPCore processors and dual Cortex-M4 cores along with video and graphics cores and a host of peripherals. The Vision AccelerationPac is designed to run low to mid-level vision processing functions, offloading the DSP and ARM cores. The result is optimal performance at the lowest power footprint.

TI’s programmable Vision AccelerationPac offers more than 8x compute performance at the same power budget for advanced vision analytics in a more cost-effective footprint. Containing one or more multiple Embedded Vision Engines, the Vision AccelerationPac is designed to meet the dynamic needs of the ADAS market by offering a purpose built ADAS accelerator like no other. Enabling flexible development by automotive Tier 1s and OEMs, these engines consist of an optimized vector coprocessor and a 32-bit programmable RISC core. Additionally, the engines are capable of running simultaneous ADAS algorithms faster, and with greater power-efficiency than ever before. 

The TDA2x family features the programmability to differentiate and adapt to the needs of the ever changing ADAS market, meaning that customers are equipped with the right tools, software and support needed to quickly bring the next generation of ADAS features to life. Royalty-free software libraries and framework offers an optimized collection of vision and imaging functions to take full advantage of the TDA2x and Vision AccelerationPac’s architecture. This enables developers to reduce development efforts and time to market. A full suite of development boards are also available, along with TI’s world-class field team support to further accelerate ramp to start of production..

The TDA2x is currently sampling and is intended for high-volume automotive manufacturers. Please contact your local TI sales representative for more information.

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