NXP Semiconductors has launched the latest version of its BlueBox development platform for connected vehicles. BlueBox 3.0 is an Automotive High-Performance Compute (AHPC) solution, and is expected to reduce the time needed to develop new software applications so vehicle manufacturers can get them into cars more quickly.
In that regard, BlueBox 3.0 supports the development of autonomous vehicles at the safety Level 2+ tier, and allows auto makers to create features that take advantage of the other connected devices that drivers are likely to bring into their cars. The solution has double the processing speed of the previous iteration of BlueBox thanks to NXP’s 16-core Layerscape LX2160A processor, and also utilizes the NXP S32G processor for security to achieve system-level ASIL D compliance.
BlueBox is compatible with radar, computer vision, and LiDAR sensors, all of which can support a slew of connected services and enable better pathfinding for autonomous driving. The Kalray Coolidge Massively Parallel Processor Array will help accelerate those AI and machine learning applications. Micron, Embotech, Green Hills Software, MicroSys, and Real-Time Innovations are some of NXP’s many other ecosystem partners.
“The evolution of vehicle architectures towards domain and zonal architectures is being driven by the need to address more complex requirements around user defined vehicles,” said Arnaud Van Den Bossche, NXP’s Director of Global Product Marketing for eCockpit and ADAS. “NXP BlueBox 3.0 delivers the design foundation to innovate with these new vehicle networking architectures, helping to enable faster deployments.”
NXP’s S32G processor is a key component of NXP’s new strategic partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The two companies will combine the processor with AWS’s cloud and edge tech to support big data applications that use the information generated by connected vehicles.