Telechips, an automotive System on Chip (SoC) supplier for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and cockpit solutions, has announced a collaboration with Xilinx, Inc., to offer a comprehensive solution that will address the integration of IVI systems and in-cabin monitoring systems (ICMS).
The integration of ICMS with IVI and cockpit domain controller systems has become a key focus for carmakers and their Tier-1 suppliers. Telechips and Xilinx expects the collaboration to help develop a joint solution targeting the consolidation of IVI and ICMS functions.
Telechips' 14nm Dolphin family of SoCs with a Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 addresses the performance needs for rich and vivid GUI for IVI and Heads-up Display (HUD), while also hosting automotive-qualified operating systems such as Android and Linux. As intelligent in-vehicle systems become an increasingly important focus for automakers, Telechips is already an established SoC supplier to many top automakers, already providing more than 12 million units per year globally.
The capabilities of Xilinx’s SoC families, the 28-nm Zynq-7000 SoC and the 16-nm Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, enabled with the Vitis AI development environment, will allow designers to create safety-critical features including driver monitoring and child-left-behind detection in next-generation ICMS.
According to IHS Markit, the IVI semiconductors market for head units, instrument clusters and cockpit domain controllers is estimated to be $9.2B in 2025, while the Driver Monitoring System (DMS) market grows over 10x from 2019 levels to nearly $400M in the same period. The firm added that gesture recognition and driver monitoring systems represent great examples of ICM features, and expects those to be more integrated in the future so as to drive down system costs and help increase adoption rates over time.
"Gesture recognition and driver monitoring are excellent examples of ICM features," said Willard Tu, senior director, Automotive, Xilinx, in a statement. "We believe it's important to support the integration of separate IVI and ICMS ECUs into one ECU system with two specialized SoCs. A separate SoC for ICMS will allow designers to ensure there is proper memory and performance bandwidth, especially when implementing features that need Functional Safety such as driver monitoring, or baby-left-behind detection."