Centralized single chip processing

Continental integrates Ambarella's SoC family into ADAS

25. November 2022, 9:09 Uhr | Irina Hübner
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In the future, Continental will offer its driver assistance systems based on the CV3 system-on-chip family from the semiconductor company Ambarella. The scalable system-on-chip family from Ambarella is characterized by its significant AI performance per watt for neural network calculations.

Ambarella's powerful, energy-efficient and scalable SoC portfolio developed for ADAS applications complements Continental's solutions for assisted driving and further drives vehicle automation. The more sensors installed in a vehicle, the more data is collected to capture the environment.

The joint solution with centralized single-chip processing based on 5-nm technology is designed to enable the next generation of vehicles to process the environment detection of multiple sensors even faster. This concerns data from sensors such as high-resolution cameras, radars and lidars as well as ultrasonic sensors. In this context, the integrated SoC enables early data fusion, in which information from different sensors for different modalities such as emergency brake assist, parking or cruising is superimposed simultaneously.

Significant impact on the level of vehicle automation

Continental's driver assistance systems enhanced with Ambarella's SoCs can process more collected data faster. Thus, they increase precision and enable a wider range of functions. The high scalability of the system-on-chip family allows vehicle manufacturers to select the necessary performance level for their system requirements on the same vehicle architecture.

Despite the higher performance and accuracy, the solution requires less power. This also results in lower cooling requirements, enabling energy savings while reducing system costs. An added value for vehicle manufacturers to reduce their development efforts across all vehicle types.

Unique system-on-chip performance

Ambarella's fully scalable, energy-efficient system-on-chip family delivers significant AI performance per watt for neural network computation, with a 40x performance increase over the predecessor semiconductor chip family. In addition, Ambarella integrates its image signal processor technology into all SoCs. This results in robust ADAS systems with higher environmental sensing in challenging lighting, weather and driving conditions for both machine and human perception. Humans see through the assistance system's sensors.

»After two years of exchanging ideas with Ambarella on various use cases, Continental is now integrating the company's high-performance, low-latency, low-power chipset into our assisted driving solutions when processing data. This takes our ADAS systems to the next level and helps process the growing amount of sensor data in the vehicle. In this way, we achieve more comprehensive and precise environment sensing," says Frank Petznick, head of the Autonomous Mobility business unit at Continental. "We have now bundled our expertise in this area to offer improved system performance as well as scalable solutions demanded by the market.«

The integrated system-on-chip in Continental's ADAS systems will be unveiled for the first time at CES 2023 in Las Vegas.


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