AMD lands lidar reference design role with Sony Semiconductor

AMD announced this week that its Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC adaptive SoCs and its Artix-7 FPGAs will be used by Sony Semiconductor Solutions (SSS) in that company’s newest automotive lidar reference design. 

The win for AMD comes as the company has been making progress landing new deals over the last couple of years in the automotive sector with the likes of Aisin and Denso, the latter deal also in support of automotive lidar.

In this case, AMD’s technology will be ut to work in the SSS lidar reference design with the company’s IMX459 sensorSSS, a global leader in image sensor, which enables automakers and automotive equipment suppliers with a comprehensive perception platform to navigate complex driving scenarios and identify potential hazards with exceptional precision. AMD’s tech will help to optimize the processing capabilities of SSS’ SPAD ToF Depth sensors, a synergy which “results in high accuracy, fast data processing, and excellent reliability, addressing the evolving demands of the automotive industry,” particularly in support of autonomous driving capabilities, according to an AMD statement. 

"Lidar technology with its AI-enhanced perception capabilities is advancing at an incredible pace, enabling deployments for an ever-growing number of applications,” said Yousef Khalilollahi, corporate vice president & general manager, AMD Adaptive Computing Group. “Our collaboration with Sony Semiconductor Solutions integrating AMD adaptive computing technology into its lidar reference design exemplifies our dedication to pushing the boundaries of technology and driving innovation in critical industries."

"This technical collaboration with AMD represents a significant leap forward in our commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions for lidar applications," said Takayoshi Ozone, general manager, Automotive Development Department at Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation. "By incorporating AMD adaptive computing technology into our lidar reference design, we are poised to set new standards in performance, reliability, and adaptability."