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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

Continental Integrates Ambarella's Scalable System-on-Chip Family in ADAS Systems

In the future, Continental will offer Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) solutions based on the "CV3" artificial intelligence (AI) system-on-chip (SoC) family from semiconductor company Ambarella. According to the major German Tier 1, The high-performance, power-efficient and scalable SoC portfolio, built for ADAS applications, complements their solutions for assisted driving and will further advance vehicle automation.

The more sensors are installed in a vehicle, the greater the amount of data collected to detect the environment. The joint solution with centralized single-chip processing based on 5-nanometer technology enables the next generation of vehicles to process the environment perception of multiple sensors even quicker, thanks to an increased performance level. Sensor solutions include high-resolution cameras, radars, lidars, and ultrasonic sensors. In addition, the integrated SoC enables early data fusion, in which the information from different sensors is superimposed simultaneously for various modalities such as emergency brake assist, parking or cruising.

"After exchanging on different use cases with Ambarella for two years, Continental is now integrating its high-performance, low latency, and low-power processing chipset into our assisted driving solutions. This brings our ADAS systems to the next level and helps to serve the growing amount of sensor data in the vehicle. With this, we achieve a more comprehensive and accurate environment perception," says Frank Petznick, Head of the Autonomous Mobility Business Area at Continental. "We have now combined our expertise in this field to offer an enhanced level of systems performance as well as scalable solutions required by the market."

Continental's driver assistance systems, enhanced with Ambarella's SoCs can process more collected data faster. In this way, they increase precision and enable a more extensive range of functions. The high scalability of the system-on-chip family allows vehicle manufacturers to choose the necessary performance level for their system requirements on the same vehicle architecture. Despite the higher performance and accuracy, the solution consumes less power. This also leads to fewer cooling efforts, making sustainable energy savings possible and reducing system costs. An added value to vehicle manufacturers to reduce their engineering investments across all vehicle types.

Ambarella's fully scalable, power-efficient family of system-on-chips provides powerful AI performance per watt for neural network computation, with a performance increase of over 40 times compared to its former semiconductor chip family. Additionally, Ambarella integrates its image signal processor technology into all SoCs. This results in robust ADAS systems with higher levels of environmental perception in challenging lighting, weather and driving conditions for both machine and human vision. Humans see through the sensors of the assistance system.