New version of NXP development platform offers higher performance

January 11, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Development platform for safe automotive high-performance computing
Embedded NXP Layerscape processor delivers 2x increase in processing performance over previous platform to meet new vehicle architecture demands.

NXP Semiconductors has announced BlueBox 3.0, a new and expanded version of its flagship safe Automotive High-Performance Compute (AHPC) development platform. Designed for software application development and validation ahead of silicon device availability, BlueBox 3.0 now offers a flexible way to address user-defined vehicles, safety Level 2+ (L2+) automated driving, and the evolving vehicle architectures. By combining in a centralized compute module, safe integrated high-performance NXP processors, expanded I/O connectivity and extensions with Kalray’s MPPA processor-based PCIe cards enabling heterogeneous acceleration, BlueBox 3.0 offers designers a system that can accelerate system development cycles and speed time to market.

S32G processors support ASIL D level functional safety to enable advanced safety architectures, while an 8x increase in I/O and PCIe ports expands the platform’s connectivity and scalability, adding acceleration extensions with Kalray’s MPPA® processor-based PCIe cards. Ample onboard I/O connectivity also enables designers to easily add or change radar, vision, and LiDAR sensor functionality.

Carmakers have shifted their focus from the challenges of fully autonomous vehicles to the immediate practical opportunity to harness compute power for differentiated vehicles. User-defined vehicles allow consumers to add new functionality for today’s smart connected devices. The NXP BlueBox 3.0 delivers the rich development foundation to help designers address differentiation, safe L2+ volume production, and the associated vehicle networking architectures.

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