Hailo-8 AI and Renesas R-Car SoC chosen for iMotion's iDC high domain controller

30th January 2024
Paige West

Hailo announced its collaboration with iMotion which will see the integration of the Hailo-8 AI accelerator and the Renesas R-Car V4H SoC (System-on-Chip) into iMotion’s iDC High domain controller. This controller is designed for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving (AD).

This integration marks a significant advancement for the automotive industry, enabling sophisticated applications such as Highway Pilot/Navigate on Autopilot (NoA), Automated Home Parking, and potentially Urban Pilot/NoA in the future. These innovations are now becoming viable and cost-effective for the mass market, with a Chinese automaker expected to start mass production using the iMotion iDC High domain controller later this year.

The iDC High domain controller, equipped with Hailo-8 AI processors, offers Bird’s Eye View 3D perception for advanced automated driving applications, enhancing both safety and comfort with a 10V5R sensor configuration. A key advantage of the Hailo-8 accelerator is its low power consumption, which allows for passive cooling of the ECU. This reduces the cost of the residual bill of materials (BoM) and simplifies vehicle integration.

Orr Danon, CEO of Hailo, highlighted the significance of this collaboration: “The integration of Hailo’s groundbreaking Hailo-8 AI accelerator and the high-performance Renesas R-Car V4H SoC significantly improves the affordability of iMotion’s AD/ADAS domain controller while enabling best-in-class processing capabilities, an important development in our shared commitment to make advanced automated driving safer and more affordable for all vehicles. Partnering with iMotion represents another key milestone in our quest to make our AI technology foundational in the 21st century global automotive industry that needs high performance, cost-effective, robust, and scalable AI solutions for automated driving and parking.”

iMotion’s decision to partner with Hailo was driven by the performance and efficiency of the Hailo-8 AI processor. “We chose to partner with Hailo for high performance AI in ADAS because of the advanced AI capabilities and efficiencies their Hailo-8 AI processor brings to the market for the benefit of all drivers. The Hailo-8 accelerator is unique in its ability to enable power-efficient AI acceleration of state-of-the-art Neural Networks with low energy consumption that greatly advances automotive innovation,” said Calvin Lu, CTO of iMotion.

Echoing this sentiment, Takeshi Fuse, Vice President of Marketing, High Performance Computing Division of Renesas, noted: “The integration of the Renesas R-Car SoC with the Hailo-8 AI accelerator further enables unprecedented capabilities such as Bird’s-Eye-View 3D perception at an affordable cost for mass market vehicles. Together, we are bringing to life a new era in high performance, affordable automated driving that will benefit the Chinese automotive market specifically and the automotive industry at large.”

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