NXP unveils the BlueBox 3.0 Development Platform

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NXP Semiconductors has announced a new and expanded version of its flagship safe Automotive High-Performance Compute (AHPC) development platform - the BlueBox 3.0.

The platform has been designed for software application development and validation ahead of silicon device availability, BlueBox 3.0 offers a flexible way to address user-defined vehicles, safety Level 2+ (L2+) automated driving, and the evolving vehicle architectures that will revolutionize connected vehicles.

By combining in a centralised 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 solution capable of accelerating system development cycles and speed time to market.

The NXP BlueBox 3.0 delivers a rich development foundation to help designers address differentiation, safe L2+ volume production, and the associated vehicle networking architectures, at a time when carmakers have shifted their focus from the challenges of fully autonomous vehicles to the immediate practical opportunity to harness compute power for differentiated vehicles.

“The evolution of vehicle architectures towards domain and zonal architectures is being driven by the need to address more complex requirements around user defined vehicles,” explained Arnaud Van Den Bossche, Director, Global Product Marketing for eCockpit and ADAS, NXP Automotive Processing. “Zonal architectures will deliver a server-style approach to automotive high-performance compute. NXP BlueBox 3.0 delivers the design foundation to innovate with these new vehicle networking architectures, helping to enable faster deployments.”

By leveraging NXP’s 16-core Layerscape LX2160A processor, BlueBox 3.0 doubles the processing performance from the previous BlueBox generation. This increased performance, coupled with the expanded I/O interfaces, significantly enhances the intelligence and connectivity targeted for new vehicle architectures. The processing can accommodate radar, vision, and LiDAR signal paths for advanced sensor fusion applications and provides expansion options for AI and ML acceleration with the Kalray Coolidge MPPA (Massively Parallel Processor Array) processors that can be targeted for perception, prediction, pathfinding capabilities and emerging connected services.

NXP’s BlueBox 3.0 platform integrates the NXP S32G processor to provide secure vehicle networking and reliable safety processing and checking for system-level ASIL D conformance. NXP has leveraged its safety heritage to pioneer a safe automotive high-performance compute initiative that harnesses the joint efforts of a close-knit partner ecosystem for system designers. BlueBox is the central processing and connectivity hub at the heart of this initiative.

Through their collaboration NXP and Kalray are delivering a common hardware and software platform for safe, reliable and scalable AHPC solutions. In addition to Kalray, BlueBox 3.0 is also backed by a strong eco-system of partners that will accelerate engineers’ ability to ramp up quickly. NXP BlueBox 3.0 partners include: dSPACE, Embotech, Edge Case Research (ECR), eProsima, Green Hills Software (GHS), Intempora, Micron Technology, MicroSys, Real-Time Innovations (RTI), and Teraki, to enable engineers to ramp up quickly .