Imagination and Ambarella partner on autonomous vehicle human-machine interface visualisations

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Imagination has entered into a licensing agreement with Ambarella, that aims to provide access to various IMG B-Series multi-core GPUs, including the ASIL-B certifiable IMG BXS GPUs for safety-critical applications.

The IMG BXS GPU will be integrated into Ambarella’s CV3 automotive AI domain controller SoC family, which enables robust advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and Level 2+ to Level 4 autonomous driving (AD) systems with greater levels of environmental perception in challenging lighting, weather and driving conditions for driver viewing as well as machine perception and decision making for autonomous driving.

ISO 26262 ASIL-B automotive functional safety use cases will be enabled by combining Ambarella’s autonomous driving AI and high-performance compute capabilities with the Imagination GPUs’ functionally safe (FuSa) rendering techniques for human-machine interface (HMI) visualisations. Examples of these FuSa techniques include Tile Region Protection (TRP) and Workload Repetition Redundancy (WRR) for safety-critical workloads. IMG BXS GPUs enable automotive-grade solutions with functionally safe graphics processing and compute capabilities for visualisations such as cluster graphics and surround view systems (SVS).

Commenting on the announcement Chris Day, VP of marketing and business development, Ambarella, said, “The movement toward higher levels of vehicle autonomy requires a combination of higher systems performance and trusted functional safety capability. The addition of Imagination’s powerful automotive GPU to Ambarella’s CV3 domain controller SoC family builds upon our image processing and CVflow AI platform to provide advanced safety-critical driver interaction for safe vehicle operation.”

Tony Smith, Vice President of Product Management, Imagination, added, “Leveraging our respective knowledge and experience will enhance the ADAS and AD capabilities in Ambarella SoCs, broadening the options for automotive OEMs and tier-1s while enabling more choice for customers looking to drive innovative vehicles while being protected by the strict functional safety standards of ASIL-B.”

Imagination currently has a 50% share of the automotive HMI market and its IP is used in hundreds of consumer vehicle models today and is licensed for use in autonomous consumer and fleet vehicles.