CES 2021: NXP Semiconductors debuts multifaceted Blue Box 3.0 AHPC platform

NXP announces new AHPC system at CES 2021

NXP Semiconductors CTO, Lars Reger, used “NXP Live 2021 Spotlight” at CES 2021 to showcase its connectivity infrastructure innovations. The Dutch company wants to facilitate new human-machine interactions to make modern living safer, seamless, and secure. It demonstrated how its high-performance chips and advanced sensors could make living spaces more secure and workplaces safer.

The corporation also introduced a new offering for the worldwide vehicle industry; the Blue Box 3.0 Automotive High-Performance Compute (AHPC) development platform.

NXP’s flagship AHPC solution is notable for having practical applications that can help developers improve driving experiences worldwide in the near-term.

Improved Development Environment

The Blue Box 3.0 harnesses the power of two NXP automotive chips to help companies develop their automotive products faster.

The platform utilizes the Layerscape LX2160A processor to support accelerated smart car radar, computer vision, and lidar output datapaths. The component’s 16 Cortex-A72 cores can quickly transmit crucial road information to a connected vehicle’s artificial intelligence (AI). Its robust performance enables an automotive AI to complete the pathfinding, perception, and prediction tasks needed for fully machine-administered driving.

The AHPC system also incorporates the S32G processor to deliver vehicle network integrity and accelerated data transfer rates. The chip uses Arm Quad and Triple Cortex architecture to direct network traffic with minimal latency and maximum reliability. Those attributes allow the platform to comply with Automotive Safety Integrity Level D (ASIL D), the strictest automotive safety classification outlined in ISO 26262.

NXP’s revamped platform also offers greatly increased input/output connectivity and Kalray Coolidge Massively Parallel Processor Array (MPAA) PCIe card acceleration extensions.

In addition to its generational performance improvements, the Blue Box 3.0 allows designers to create vehicle software solutions before next-generation silicon is available. Its NXP’s eIQ Auto Machine Learning toolkit support can help engineers attune their programming for automaker specific AI.

That means original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can use it to expedite their development processes and bring products to the marketplace faster.

A Breakthrough with Near-Term Applications

The company’s Blue Box 3.0 development platform can make personal transports safer in the near-term.

The chipmaker’s platform is built around the realities of the existing marketplace rather than a theoretical one. The firm empowers businesses to develop semiautonomous advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) using proven technologies. Its new AHPC is available now to aid OEMs in creating features like object recognition tools that will make the roads less dangerous for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

Reger indicated that NXP’s long-term ambition is to usher in a world with zero fatalities during his presentation. The corporation’s ability to launch vehicle optimization tools with immediate practical applications makes that goal seem attainable.


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