That’s one of the conclusions analyst Linley Gwennap draws in preparation his annual Linley Processor Conference next week. Cadence aims to ride the trend with a new vision DSP its former Tensilica group will describe at the event.
Among other expected news items at the conference:
- Startup Soft Machines will describe its first CPU core and SoC platform;
- The HSA Foundation will reveal adopters of its heterogeneous SoC specifications;
- MoSys will disclose a third-generation Bandwidth Engine;
- Arteris and Synopsys will introduce new memory interfaces;
- NetSpeed will describe a tool for designers of coherent systems;
- And Marvell may provide an update on it MoChi SoC initiative;
- This year’s event is the first to shine a light on the growing market for automotive chips, thanks to the rise of self-driving cars.
“I’ve talked to several people working in the field, and the general agreement is the technology [for self-driving cars] is there and being tested,” said Gwennap, principal of the Linley Group (Mountain View, Calif.), noting car makers are already working on 2018-2020 model cars given their long design cycles.
Today’s cars already have lane detection, that’s a fundamental capability you need to keep the car on the road. Adaptive cruise control and features to maintain a safe driving distance are being tested -- those are two other main pieces for highway driving.
Companies such as Mobileye have solved a lot of the complex urban driving problems. But there are still a lot of corner cases R&D has to deal with. People talk about wanting to take over driving in a time of emergency, but that’s the time you don’t want to take over because a [self-driving] car is most likely going to deal with an emergency better than a person.”
Today’s cars are already adding many cameras for assisted-driving features, spawning a new class of vision-processing units (VPUs). “It’s become a whole new sector, and we see a lot of the