Freescale Semiconductor’s S32V Microprocessor to Automate and Co-pilot a Car

by March 10, 2015 0 comments

Freescale Semiconductor introduced the groundbreaking S32V vision microprocessor – the first automotive vision system-on-chip (SoC) with the requisite reliability, safety and security measures to automate and co-pilot a self-aware car.

The S32V vision microprocessor integrates robust hardware including high-performance CogniVue APEX-642 core image processing technology, as well as four ARM Cortex-A53 cores.

The S32V’s sophisticated software platform includes Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY a safety-certified, real-time operating system (RTOS) including a powerful set of ISO 26262, ASIL-D certified development tools with highly optimized target solutions. The platform also includes Neusoft Corporation’s advanced, real-time object recognition algorithms to seamlessly detect partial objects, allowing the S32V to interpret and distinguish between road hazards and pedestrian risk.

The S32V takes the industry beyond the current, convenience-centric assist paradigm and toward an era where cars can capture data, process it and actually share control with drivers in critical situations. This capability establishes the essential bridge from the current assist era toward the fully autonomous vehicles of tomorrow.

The microprocessor’s unmatched safety stems from structural, automotive-grade technologies and techniques that assure optimal reliability. Redundant signal paths, software error checking functionality, hardware fault detection and hard partitioning of on-chip processing domains allow the system to safely shut down and perform a controlled reboot without compromising braking or steering.

The S32V also features secure boot, network-grade crypto engines, secure keys, and support for secure hardware extension specifications published by many of the world’s top automakers. With this unparalleled level of security, the S32V helps protect against theft of software algorithms and other IP, while enhancing overall vehicle safety by helping to prevent external attacks and unauthorized access to vehicle-to-vehicle communications. Discrete encryption domains provide an added layer of protection within the car’s network. If a hacker gains access to one node of the car’s system, they cannot access other nodes; hence attacks are effectively isolated and quarantined.

 

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