Renesas tackles autonomous driving with scalable platform

April 11, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Autonomous driving is the challenge of the decade for the automotive industry, and the electronics industry is racing to provide the semiconductors and solutions necessary to run the algorithms that enable vehicle to assume the task of a driver. Renesas now has introduced such a platform and populated it with first computing silicon.

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.


Sense - Decide - Act: These are the three elements of automated driving.
Renesas has created a platform to address these elements and plans to
populate it by and by with suitable processor products.

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.