Xilinx and Avnet partner to deploy new autonomous driving solutions


Xilinx and Avnet recently announced plans to work together to provide developers with innovative autonomous driving solutions. The partnership will give engineers the ability to integrate the chipmaker’s field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), system-on-a-chip (SoCs), and other self-driving components into their projects via the distributor’s product development ecosystem.

Xilinx and Avnet’s Self-Driving Collaboration

In the fiscal fourth quarter of 2020, Xilinx derived 16 percent of its revenue from its automotive unit, a 2 percent year-over-year increase. The component maker is interested in growing that segment of its business by closing the gap between advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and full self-driving platforms. In a blog post, Avnet noted its partner’s devices can facilitate the transition because of their flexibility and high-performance.

The semiconductor company’s products can be very useful at optimizing the function of vehicle artificial intelligence (AI) programs. To safely and accurately direct a car’s movements, an onboard AI needs to gather and react to information very quickly. When working in tandem, Xilinx’s SoCs and FPGAs can transfer data with as little as 3ms of latency.

Because of the quality of its solutions, 30 manufacturers utilize the chipmaker’s components in over 100 automobiles.

Together, Xilinx and Avnet want to help manufacturers integrate the former’s cutting-edge solutions into their products as seamlessly as possible. To do so, the two firms are offering kits and tools in sizes and configurations to suit engineers’ needs. The corporations are also offering a technology stack that expedites the software to hardware development process.

Xilinx is Empowering the Future of Vehicle Autonomy

Because of COVID-19, automotive manufacturers currently are not operating at full capacity. The coronavirus pandemic prompted government lockdown orders, and weakened consumer demand has put the industry into a holding pattern. But once global conditions improve, the sector will resume its progress toward getting 125 million battery-powered cars on the road by 2030.

Thanks to its diverse automotive portfolio, Xilinx will be at the forefront of the fossil fuel to electric vehicle evolution.

The chipmaker recently inked supply agreements with leading vehicle makers that will mainstream self-driving automobiles. Daimler is utilizing Xilinx components to power the AI system embedded in its Mercedes GLE Sport Utility Vehicle. German manufacturer ZF Friedrichshafen is using its chips in its automotive control units. Chinese carmaker BYE’s ADAS also uses the firm’s chips to perform imaging functions.

As a result of its new partnership with Avnet, Xilinx’s innovative solutions will empower an even wider range of autonomous vehicle solutions.


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