Renesas delivers first SoC from 3rd generation autonomous driving automotive computing platform

Renesas Electronics has unveiled the third-generation R-Car, an automotive computing platform solution for driving safety support systems and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

The new R-Car H3 System-on-Chip (SoC), the first member of the third-generation R-Car, delivers CPU performance, image recognition processing, ISO 26262 (ASIL-B) compliance, and a system in package (SiP) with external memory to enable a wide range of automotive applications.

The R-Car H3 claims powerful automotive computing performance exceeding that of the predecessor R-Car H2. This reportedly enables system manufacturers to utilise the new R-Car H3 as an automotive computing platform to play a key role in the autonomous-driving era.

To make the new device ideal for driving safety support systems, the R-Car H3 provides cognitive computing capabilities, an enhanced computing performance that can process large volumes of information from vehicle sensors accurately in real-time, and enables system manufacturers to run applications that require complex processing, such as obstacle detection, driver status recognition, hazard prediction, and hazard avoidance. To further accelerate the driving safety support systems, the R-Car H3 also conforms to the ISO 26262 (ASIL-B) functionality safety for automotive.

Furthermore, in in-vehicle infotainment systems, the need for connectivity between various systems and services such as smartphones and cloud services is growing. These have led to a significant increase in the volume of data transmitted from outside the system. Therefore, there is a demand for human machine interface (HMI) computing to process these large amounts of data accurately in real-time. The outstanding performance power of the R-Car H3 makes excellent graphics design possible to realise advanced applications and rich HMI.

The R-Car H3 is an automotive computing platform ideal for the autonomous-driving era with significantly improved cognitive computing and HMI computing capabilities for advanced driving support systems as well as in-vehicle infotainment systems.

“The R-Car H3 SoC has the all-round sensing, efficiency and safety characteristics that are essential in connected car technologies,” said James McNiven, general manager, CPU group, ARM. “Alongside the inclusion of the high performance ARM® Cortex®-R7 real-time processor, the SoC also capitalises on the ARM Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores in an ARM big.LITTLE™ configuration. This has allowed Renesas to deliver advanced vision and detection capabilities while controlling power and achieving the stability that safety-critical electronics demand.”

“Imagination is delighted to see the introduction of the R-Car H3 which includes or our high performance PowerVR GX6650 graphics engine,” said Tony King-Smith, Imagination Technologies’ EVP marketing. “GX6650 delivers premium graphics performance and features to enable future cockpit experiences, as well as comprehensive GPGPU capabilities.”

“We are pleased to partner with Renesas to provide QNX® software support for the new R-Car H3 SoC,” said John Wall, SVP and head of QNX Software Systems, a subsidiary of BlackBerry. “Through this collaboration, we can help accelerate the delivery of next-generation infotainment and ADAS systems that combine the performance of Renesas’ R-Car H3 SoCs with the proven reliability and scalability of QNX OS technology.”

“Next-generation automotive electronics must be designed with security and safety as the top priority,” said Tim Reed, VP of Advanced Products, Green Hills Software. “By offering our proven INTEGRITY real-time operating system and Multivisor secure virtualisation solutions with the R-Car’s safe and reliable technologies, automotive OEMs and Tier 1’s can be confident in realising this important design goal.”

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