Mobileye, STMicroelectronics Plan for Bigger Role in Self-Driving Cars
Longtime partners Mobileye and STMicroelectronics are working on the next generation of Mobileye's chip that officials with both companies say will be used as the central processor for self-driving cars, a move that will increase their competition with the likes of Nvidia and NXP Semiconductors in the fast-growing market.
The same week that NXP unveiled its Bluebox autonomous vehicle platform, officials with Mobileye and STMicroelectronics outlined plans for the fifth generation of Mobileye's system on a chip (SoC), the EyeQ 5, which will collect and fuse the broad range of data being generated by the array of sensors on the vehicle.
The EyeQ5 will be designed on FinFET manufacturing technology at least 10 nanometers, if not smaller, and will feature eight multithreaded CPU cores and 18 cores of Mobileye's vision processors. The chip will deliver eight times the performance of the current EyeQ4 SoCs, produce more than 12 tera operations per second and will keep power consumption below 5 watts, which will enable the chips to maintain passive cooling, according to officials.
Mobileye is looking to leverage its capabilities around computer vision in vehicles to create the central processor that will fuse the data from the almost two dozen sensors in self-driving cars, such as cameras and radar to Lidar, speed and motion sensors.
The vendors say the fifth generation of Mobileye's EyeQ SoC will be a central processor for the massive amounts of sensor data in autonomous vehicles.
"EyeQ5 is designed to serve as the central processor for future fully-autonomous driving for both the sheer computing density, which can handle around 20 high-resolution sensors and for increased functional safety," Amnon Shashua, co-founder, CTO and chairman of Mobileye, said in a statement, adding that the company is using its expertise and "our deep understanding of computer vision processing to develop highly optimized architectures to support extremely intensive computations at power levels below 5W to allow passive cooling in an automotive environment."