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TDA2x SoC powered development board for autonomous vehicle

Date: 08/11/2016
Texas Instruments (TI) has made available a new development board for automotive driver assistant systems and autonomous vehicle application. The RT-RK Alpha development board uses TDAx SOC from TI and supports ADAS applications such as advanced warning systems, active control systems and semi-autonomous driving. The development board has three TDA2x processors which can run up to six independent ADAS applications simultaneously at 24W. The board supports 10 sensor inputs, parallel ADAS application execution and production ready ADAS algorithms based on TI's software development kit Vision SDK. The single board can support multiple applications with provisions to add differentiating algorithms. TI says, this board allows to connect vehicle cameras on one ECU. The board is powerfull enough supporting level-3 and level- 4 autonomous vehicle systems.

TDA2x SoC in this board are scalable and share a common hardware and software architecture such as camera-based front (mono/stereo), rear, surround view and night vision, plus multi-mode radar and sensor fusion systems. The processors support video processing algorithms. The algorithms supported by this board are production ready for front camera and surround view. It also has production ready imaging support for features such as image pipeline, wide dynamic range (WDR) and flicker mitigation.

The TDAx processors use heterogeneous architecture where they have application specific hardware accelerators (HWA) for processing image which acts as embedded vision engines (EVEs) TI leverages its digital signal processors (DSPs) expertise to handle such complex imaging and signal processing with low power consumption.

TI shared in its release these below multiple quotes on this product:

"We have a strong focus on the automotive and transportation industry, developing advanced driver assistance, connectivity, and powertrain solutions for new technology and innovative features in the automobile. In the ADAS domain, with experience in system engineering, image processing, sensor fusion, vehicle controls, AUTOSAR integration, and end to end validation. KPIT is one stop for most engineering solutions. We are pleased with our collaboration with TI to bring the best in class hardware/software combination for the industry, said Rajeeb Nath, senior vice president and head of Automotive & Transportation, KPIT.

"FotoNation is proud to be a strategic partner to TI, and contributor of industry leading camera technology to the TDAx ecosystem, in support of ADAS applications for the automotive industry. Our collaborative efforts have enabled FotoNation to deliver flawless eye tracking, iris recognition and face detection, recognition and tracking technologies, which are at the heart of advanced driver monitoring systems (DMS) for the automotive industry," Sumat Mehra, Senior Vice President, and General Manager, FotoNation.

"D3 Engineering is supporting dozens of product development programs around the world with our DesignCore platforms for ADAS," said Jerome Barczykowski, Autonomous Systems Product Line Manager, D3 Engineering. "Our clients are able to concentrate on their own core expertise and get their products to market faster by relying on D3's proven reference designs and our expertise with TI's ADAS technology. "

"We developed the complete set of EuroNCAP camera software components, such as Traffic Sign Detection, Lane Detection, Light Source Detection, Pedestrian and Vehicle Detection. These algorithms are ready to be used on the TDA platform. The TI product portfolio is a great fit to our scalable business model. The TDAx SoC system performance enabled us to realize a very short time to market.", says Kay Talmi, Managing Director, Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision GmbH.

"We were able to implement our solution cost-efficiently and with a short time-to-market on TI's TDAx platform for CMS," said Young-Hun Kluge, vice president of sales, Dream Chip.