ON Semiconductor and AImotive have jointly announced that they will work together to develop prototype sensor fusion platforms for automotive applications. The collaboration will help customers explore highly integrated solutions for future generations of sensor data conditioning hardware platforms.
The companies plan to develop a series of hardware platform demonstrators, combining ON Semiconductor’s latest HD camera and radar sensor and pre-processor chipsets and expertise with AImotive’s advanced AI-based perception algorithms, hardware acceleration and simulation capabilities. The platforms will showcase the accuracy, robustness and low latency of AI-based real-time sensor fusion and will utilize AImotive’s aiWare hardware NN (Neural Network) acceleration IP in FPGA-based prototypes, as well as modules from its aiDrive software portfolio and its aiSim simulation environment.
Many researchers, as well as automotive OEMs and Tier1s, are resorting to autonomous driving platforms that fuse data from multiple different sensor types to achieve the necessary robustness and the highest quality results in all operating conditions. One approach is to combine high resolution image sensors with advanced radar sensors to improve perception performance in all weather conditions. The complementary nature of these sensors enables the extraction of significantly more information when the data is combined intelligently, producing more accurate results.
Davide Santo, Sr. Director and General Manager, Automotive Radar Sensing Solutions, Intelligent Sensing Group at ON Semiconductor, said in a statement, “Our customers have been asking us to help them deliver better performance by combining different sensors. When undertaking such challenges, AI and simulation are key technologies to help build future-proof products and development processes. We recognize AImotive’s considerable expertise and industry recognition in these technologies and more for autonomous driving. We believe the results of this collaboration will enable both companies to help customers deliver more advanced sensor fusion solutions to OEMs and Tier1s.”