Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Infineon and other leading companies and universities, Videantis will develop an artificial intelligence ASIC and software development tools specifically tailored for intelligent autonomous vehicles. Autonomous driving relies on fast and reliable processing and merging of data from several lidar, camera and radar sensors in the vehicle. To this end, videantis, Fraunhofer IIS, and partners are working on the KI-FLEX project to develop a powerful system-on-a-chip and associated software development tools.
The algorithms used for sensor signal processing and sensor data fusion are largely based on neural networks and enable the vehicle’s exact position and environment to be understood. The chip will integrate the next-generation Videantis processors and technology to run these demanding artificial intelligence algorithms in real-time and with low power consumption. This chip will also be supported by an automated tool flow from Videantis, which automatically distributes and maps AI workloads onto the parallel architecture. Under the KI-FLEX program, Videantis will integrate its highly efficient and high-performance next-generation multi-core processor solution into a software-programmable and reconfigurable chip platform that processes the sensor data using AI-based methods for autonomous driving.
The joint KI-FLEX project, which runs through August 2022, is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the guidelines on promoting research initiatives in the field of “AI-based electronic solutions for safe autonomous driving (AI element: autonomous driving).”
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