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Hardware acceleration beats software processing in automotive applications

Hardware acceleration beats software processing in automotive applications

As technology in automobile applications becomes more prevalent and more sophisticated - and the presence of on-board safety-related vision systems expands to everyday cars, it would be sensible to expect that the associated processors are expanding their processing capacity accordingly.

However, within the automotive world, efficient use of power and low-cost solutions remain the primary requirements. While general purpose, software-dependent, Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) continue to run at high-megahertz frequencies and become ever more flexible, powerful and power-hungry, the automotive world needs a better and more focused solution.

Automotive applications are often among the most challenging, and vision-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are no exception.

The European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) will be adding tests for pedestrian detection soon. This is one area where processing speed is critical - the opportunity to avoid collision and save life is greater the faster the processor can recognize the hazard.

On the other hand, power and efficiency are also critical. Technology for non-engine related tasks is rarely mounted in the engine bay so the processor unit for vision system is mounted in the dash, under the windscreen where sunlight can drive ambient temperatures very high.

To address this challenging application, Toshiba has introduced a family of scalable image-recognition processors for ADAS applications that are optimized for the task and environment. The new architecture makes extensive use of hardware and firmware integration to streamline the execution of frequently-used algorithms. The architecture is easily scalable to accommodate sophisticated tasks, such as the all-around vision-oriented driver-assistance protocols put forward by Euro NCAP with ease.

To learn more about how Toshiba is providing innovative solutions to the challenging automotive applications, download Toshiba’s latest white paper on the subject:

Click here to learn more about implementing ADAS image recognition systems

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