With high-end cars having more than 100 processors in each car and these processors running a software with tens of millions of lines of code, ARM see processor performance compared to 2016 vehicles to increase 20x by 2018, 40-50x by 2020 and 100x by 2024. There are two important reasons for this growth, one is stricter safety regulations in place and another is autonomous driving features. It is no more a traditional CPU alone, It’s the combination of control data processing as well media data using DSP cores.
This forecast clearly indicates the bigger market for high performance processor chips in automotive electronics, and this creates huge opportunity for processor IP core vendors such as ARM. ARM is leveraging this opportunity by providing design support by ensuring safety and faster design.
ARM is supporting automotive designers with safety documents to assist in designing chips using cortex a processors such as Cortex-A57, Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 to meet the goals of functional safety standards such as ISO 26262 and IEC 61508.
"Exciting new technologies are being deployed by manufacturers to make vehicle intelligence the prime consideration for consumers," said Richard York, vice president of embedded marketing at ARM. "ADAS promises far greater intelligence and road safety, and the efficiency advantages of the ARM ecosystem mean our partners are well-positioned to deliver this technology. Today’s announcement re-affirms our commitment to help shape future automotive markets."
Nick DiFiore, director of the automotive segment at Xilinx said "ARM’s announcement and investment in functional safety is very welcome as we work closely with our automotive customers at the silicon and system level to clear the hurdles associated with the ISO-26262 Automotive Safety Integrity Levels."