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Xilinx and Continental jointly build the automotive industry’s first mass-produced 4D imaging radar for autonomous driving

Beijing, China, September 24, 2020 – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the global leader in adaptive and intelligent computing, and Continental today announced that Xilinx will use Zynq®UltraScale+ The MPSoC platform supports Continental in the development of the new Advanced Radar Sensor (ARS) 540, the first mass-produced 4D imaging sensor for the automotive industry. The cooperation between the two parties will enable new models equipped with ARS540 to achieve SAE J3016 L2 capabilities, paving the way towards L5 autonomous driving systems.

Figure: Xilinx and Continental jointly build the automotive industry’s first mass-produced 4D imaging radar for autonomous driving

4D imaging radar can determine the position of objects through range (Range), azimuth (Azimuth), elevation (Elevation) and relative speed to provide detailed driving environment information, which is unprecedented for automotive radar systems that can only collect speed and orientation information. Brand new feature. Continental’s ARS540 is a high-end long-range 4D imaging radar with high resolution and a detection range of up to 300 meters. Its wide field of view of ±60° enables Multiple Hypothesis Tracking (MHT), providing accurate predictions during driving, which is crucial for handling complex driving scenarios, such as detecting traffic jams under bridges. In addition, the ARS540 system has higher horizontal and vertical resolution to detect and respond appropriately to potentially hazardous objects on the road. In addition, the ARS540 fully demonstrates the application scalability of this sensor by supporting SAE L2 where a human driver is responsible for overseeing vehicle control and extending to fully autonomous L5 fully autonomous driving.

“The Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC platform provides us with the high performance and advanced DSP capabilities we need to implement the ARS540, with flexibility and market-leading network interface options,” said Norbert Hammerschmidt, Head of Radar Program Management at Continental. Capable of handling large amounts of antenna data at extremely high aggregate transfer rates. Continental has recently won a number of designs from leading European and American OEMs, and is in ongoing discussions with other OEMs around the world to adopt the ARS540. We are working with Xilin to continue to grow We are proud to bring this potentially life-saving technology to market.”

The Xilinx Automotive Grade (XA) Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC is a highly flexible, adaptive processor platform that supports Continental’s 4D imaging radar from multiple sensor platform configurations and flexibly adapts to a variety of OEMs Specification standard. The parallel processing capabilities in the device’s programmable logic provide optimal performance, enabling fully independent concurrent processing pipelines that are critical in the ARS540 4D sensing. In addition, a number of digital signal processing slices (DSP Slices) provide hardware acceleration for the implementation of real-time radar sensor inputs.

Cédric Malaquin, Technology & Market Analyst, RF Devices & Technologies Division, Yole Dévelopement (Yole) commented: “4D imaging radars offer greater detection range, wider field of view and deeper perception, while being a L5 developers provide systems and critical sensors to help them drive safer environments. We expect 4D imaging radar to first appear in limousines and autonomous taxis, a market size of over $550 million, and by 2020 A compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 124% through 2025. By co-developing this new sensing modality, Xilinx and Continental, two innovative market leaders, have a great opportunity. “(1)

Willard Tu, Senior Director of Automotive at Xilinx, added: “We are proud to support the industry’s first production version of 4D imaging radar. By incorporating this advanced technology into passenger cars, the Continental ARS540 offers extraordinary features , which will accelerate the wider adoption of autonomous driving. Continental’s longstanding experience in radar combined with Xilinx’s extensive experience in adaptive chips has resulted in this extremely powerful solution.”

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