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Infineon supports NVIDIA DRIVE Pegasus AI

The AURIX TC3xx series automotive microcontroller by Infineon Technologies AG will be used in the NVIDIA DRIVE Pegasus AI car computing platform.

The supercomputer for autonomous vehicles meets the requirements of Level 5 autonomous driving as defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Infineon now supplies the safety microcontroller, safety power supply IC and selected vehicle communication interface ICs for several NVIDIA DRIVE systems. The devices support increasing levels of autonomous driving capability, ranging from auto cruise functionality to auto chauffeur and full autonomy.

Ritesh Tyagi, head of the Silicon Valley Automotive Innovation Centre at Infineon, said: “Collaboration between Infineon and NVIDIA through multiple generations of DRIVE car computers provides the automotive industry with a consistent platform for development and market deployment across all classes of driver-assist and fully autonomous systems.

Users of the platform can access AURIX capabilities through an AUTOSAR-compliant software stack. This will potentially allow re-use of higher-level application code and can likely reduce development time by 20-40%, when compared to traditional platforms.

Infineon says that the multicore microcontrollers help the platform meet the highest possible functional safety standard (ISO 26262 ASIL-D) for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and self-driving systems.

The microcontroller handles a key layer of the safety supervision framework of the platform and performs monitoring functions for the SoC. In turn, AURIX plays an important role for DRIVE Pegasus to achieve system-level ASIL-D safety. It also manages the power-up sequence and monitoring of warning signals for the self-driving platform. The AURIX microcontroller also provides the main in-vehicle interfaces for multiple network communication channels to the system, such as CAN FD, Gigabit Ethernet, and FlexRay.

Bethan Grylls

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