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Continental integrates Ambarella’s scalable system-on-chip family in advanced driver assistance system

Continental will do so in the future offer Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) solutions based on the CV3 artificial intelligence (AI) system-on-chip (SoC) family of semiconductor company Ambarella. Built for ADAS applications, the powerful, energy-efficient and scalable SoC portfolio complements Continental’s assisted steering solutions and further advances vehicle automation.

Ambarella’s ASIL B(D)-enabled CV3 on-chip domain controller system (SoC) offers industry-leading AI performance per watt for Neural Network Computation (NN), with a performance improvement of more than 40x compared to Ambarella’s previous automotive family of SoCs.

In addition, CV3 includes a general purpose vector processor (GVP), an advanced image processor, a dense stereo and optical flow engine, up to 16 Arm Cortex-A78AE CPUs and a car GPU, in a single SoC.

Ambarella’s highly efficient CVflow artificial intelligence (AI) engine enables high performance, low latency, and energy-efficient NN processing for ADAS and L2+ to L4 autonomous vehicles.

The more sensors installed in a vehicle, the greater the amount of data collected to detect the environment. The joint solution with centralized single-chip processing based on 5-nanometer technology enables the next generation of vehicles to process the environmental perception of multiple sensors even faster, thanks to the increased level of performance.

Sensor solutions include high resolution cameras, radars, lidars and ultrasonic sensors. The integrated SoC enables early data fusion, processing the information from different sensors simultaneously for different applications such as emergency brake assist, parking or cruising.

After discussing various use cases with Ambarella for two years, Continental is now integrating its high-performance, low-latency, and low-power processing chipset into our assisted driving solutions. This takes our ADAS systems to the next level and helps serve the growing amount of sensor data in the vehicle. With this we achieve a more comprehensive and accurate environmental perception.

We have now combined our expertise in this area to provide a higher level of system performance as well as the scalable solutions the market needs

—Frank Petznick, head of the Autonomous Mobility Business Area at Continental


Continental’s driver assistance systems, enhanced with Ambarella’s SoCs, can process more collected data faster. In this way they increase precision and enable a greater number of functions. The high scalability of the system-on-chip family allows vehicle manufacturers to choose the required performance level for their system requirements using the same vehicle architecture.

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Despite the higher performance and accuracy, the solution consumes less power. This also leads to less cooling effort, enabling sustainable energy savings while also reducing system costs. As an added value for vehicle manufacturers, they can reduce their technical investments for all vehicle types.

Continental’s ADAS systems with the integrated system-on-chip will be shown for the first time at CES 2023 in Las Vegas in January 2023.



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