Just one week after Mentor Graphics introduced a computing platform designed to serve as the brains of a self-driving vehicle, Renesas has launched its alternative concept. The Autonomy platform is designed as an open ecosystem, allowing system manufacturers to choose their preferred degree of individual position in the “make vs buy” field, providing them the option to select the most suitable IP cores and hardware accelerators for their specific needs – all this taking into account functional safety as an indispensable prerequisite of automated driving.
Autonomy is built around Renesas’ SoC and MCU roadmap, and at the opportunity of revealing the platform, Renesas already populates it with a first SoC that fits into this framework – the R-Car V3M. This SoC is focused on smart camera applications, one of the front-end elements in the architecture of automation (sense – decide – control). Equipped with different accelerators, including a pipeline engine (IMP) and a computer vision engine (CVE), the V3M is also capable of handling other type of sensor signals such as radar or lidar.