TI expands ADAS and autonomous vehicle portfolio with new development board and broadened ecosystem

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New solutions enable rapid development of ADAS and autonomous vehicle applications

Nov 7, 2016 - Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) is extending its Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and autonomous vehicle System-on-Chip (SoC) portfolio, with the availability of a new development board and a rapidly growing ecosystem. RT-RK, an embedded services and product development company globally recognized for their digital signal processing software development, along with TI are announcing the availability of the RT-RK Alpha development board. Using the TDAx SOC, the development board supports development of ADAS applications such as advanced warning systems, active control systems and semi-autonomous driving.  In addition, customers using the RT-RK have access to a broad TDAx SOC ecosystem to enable quick time to market with TDAx-based hardware and software solutions.

Powering the new ADAS to autonomous vehicle development board

At the core of the development board are three of TI’s TDA2x processors, which enable a development system capable of running up to six independent ADAS applications simultaneously at 24W. The development board was developed to help customers meet the high performance requirements necessary to develop ADAS or autonomous solutions by minimizing the effort to evaluate the full capabilities of multiple TDA2x SoCs. It supports 10 sensor inputs, parallel ADAS application execution and production ready ADAS algorithms and is based on TI’s Vision SDK. The board was designed to support multiple applications on a single board, and with provisions to add differentiating algorithms, it is ideal for developing autonomous vehicle solutions.  

Working with TI, we are able to bring a unique platform to the ADAS and autonomous vehicle market. For the first time, there is an option to connect all vehicle cameras on one ECU. Through workload balancing across three TDA2x, the Alpha board is a powerful platform for level-3 and level- 4 autonomous vehicle systems,” said Tomislav Maruna, head of the automotive business unit, RT-RK.

Strong and expanding TDAx ecosystem

The TDA2x SoC is a member of TI’s scalable family of processors that share a common hardware and software architecture for ADAS applications such as camera-based front (mono/stereo), rear, surround view and night vision, plus multi-mode radar and sensor fusion systems. The TDA2x supports video processing algorithms and with multiple SOCs optimizes the processing load.

TI’s ecosystem network covers a range of technical expertise including:

  • Hardware: multi-sensor imaging, fusion and autonomous development boards
  • Production ready algorithms: front camera and surround view
  • Production ready imaging support: image pipeline, wide dynamic range (WDR) and flicker mitigation

TI’s TDAx SoCs are differentiated by a heterogeneous architecture which integrates purpose-built hardware accelerators (HWA) such as image signal processors (ISP), embedded vision engines (EVEs) and digital signal processors (DSPs), that are optimized to perform highly complex imaging and signal processing with low power consumption. To meet performance and quality requirements while reducing development efforts, TI works with third parties that have solutions and expertise with the TDAx HWA. Using the extensive ecosystem network, customers can leverage highly optimized algorithms already implemented on the TI’s HWAs to bring products to market faster. 

Read more at TI Website.