Thursday, February 2, 2023

An Integrated Solution Combining ADAS And DMS In A Single SoC

By Sharad Bhowmick

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A system on chip (SoC) that combines advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with driver and occupant monitoring.

The SoC will enable OEMs to achieve high performance and safety while reducing power, space and BoM.


Seeing Machines, Autobrains and Ambarella have jointly developed an integrated solution for future automobiles. The solution integrates an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) with a driver and occupant monitoring system in a single system-on-chip (SoC). The SoC won’t only reduce the size of the component but will also lower the cost, complexity and speed of adding advanced safety systems to a broad range of vehicles. Furthermore, this integrated solution will require low power consumption, reducing thermal-management needs which is critical for electric vehicles (EV).

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The low power and high performance enable cameras to be packaged in a single box that can be placed in high-temperature areas, thus giving freedom to designers to place the system anywhere in the vehicle. This allows designers to preserve their development investments while tailoring the selected SoC’s processing power to the needs of each car model’s features, from basic ADAS and driver monitoring system (DMS) to full domain control using the 5nm CV3 family for level 2+ to L4 autonomy and beyond.

Autobrains’ self-learning AI technology is responsible for ADAS and autonomous driving (AD), while the driver and occupant monitoring technology has been developed by Ambarella, Inc. The SoC provides automakers with a single-box, multi-camera solution that includes a 5-megapixel (MP) in-cabin camera and an 8-megapixel (MP) forward-facing camera. This solution can enable OEMs to increase vehicle safety and meet both front ADAS and DMS industry standards, including Euro NCAP and the European Commission General Safety Regulation (GSR).

“Automakers are looking for a way to reliably meet both DMS and ADAS regulatory and safety-standard requirements for all of their car models in the very near term. Due to these requirements, the DMS market alone is expected to grow to nearly 70 million units, per annum, by 2028, according to Semicast and ABI Research,” said Paul McGlone, CEO of Seeing Machines. “Our industry-leading interior cabin sensing solutions, focused on the driver and occupant monitoring, in combination with Ambarella’s AI SoCs and Autobrains’ ADAS/AD software, provide that integration path while enabling an optimized implementation that can scale across the feature sets of today’s models, along with higher levels of autonomy for the future.”


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