AEye’s iDAR™ Leverages Infineon Aurix as Host for Communication with Autosar, Functional Safety and Embedded Software
“We are pleased to partner with AEye to demonstrate the unique capability of AURIX for automotive-grade LiDAR systems. iDAR from AEye uniquely enables us to demonstrate the full capabilities of AURIX, from hardware safety methods such as lockstep and monitoring, which in turn enable deterministic and safe sensing with redundant fallback, to security including secure boot, key update management and secure communication.”
Pleasanton, CA, December 18, 2019 – Today, artificial perception pioneer AEye announced it has integrated Infineon’s AURIX™ TC35xx microcontroller into AEye’s iDAR™ platform to ensure a robust, software-definable platform that is functionally safe for automated and autonomous vehicle initiatives. The companies will showcase the sensor fusion at the Infineon Westgate Pavilion booth #1700 and AEye booth #7538 in LVCC North Hall at CES, January 7-10, 2020.
iDAR (Intelligent Detection and Ranging) is a groundbreaking 2D/3D in-sensor perception system, which combines software extensibility, artificial intelligence and smart, agile sensors to deliver better information faster to self-driving vehicles. AURIX is a 32-bit Infineon microcontroller designed to deliver performance and safety to the automotive industry.
AURIX acts as a bridge between AEye’s embedded and perception software. For any software-defined configuration within AEye’s iDAR platform, AURIX is responsible for performance monitoring, time synchronization and other embedded software functions, ultimately standardizing communication on AUTOSAR to AEye’s perception platform, other OEM or automotive perception software developers.
“We are pleased to partner with AEye to demonstrate the unique capability of AURIX for automotive-grade LiDAR systems,” said Ritesh Tyagi, Head of the Automotive Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) at Infineon. “iDAR from AEye uniquely enables us to demonstrate the full capabilities of AURIX, from hardware safety methods such as lockstep and monitoring, which in turn enable deterministic and safe sensing with redundant fallback, to security including secure boot, key update management and secure communication.”
“The integration of AURIX is a natural progression as we move toward commercial automotive deployments,” said John Stockton, SVP of Operations and Tech Strategy at AEye. “By using AURIX as a key element of our overall system performance monitoring, AEye ensures we meet automotive functional safety requirements while offering the most robust, software-definable perception platform for the automotive market.”
iDAR is designed to run within the sensor for autonomous vehicles. It enables basic perception to be distributed to the edge of the sensor network, so autonomous designers can use sensors to not only search and detect objects, but also to acquire, and ultimately to classify and track these objects. The ability to collect this information in real-time both enables and enhances existing centralized perception software platforms by reducing latency, lowering costs and ensuring functional safety.
Infineon’s AURIX multicore architecture, based on up to six independent 32-bit TriCore™ CPUs, has been developed according to an audited ISO26262 compliant process and designed to meet ASIL-D on an application level. The platform uses a lockstep CPU architecture combined with safety technology such as safe internal communication buses or distributed memory protection systems. Hardware level encapsulation techniques allow integration of software with various safety levels (QM to ASIL-D) from different sources, reducing the system complexity of implementing those safety levels.
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AEye is an artificial perception pioneer and creator of iDAR™, a perception system that acts as the eyes and visual cortex of autonomous vehicles. Since its demonstration of its solid-state LiDAR scanner in 2013, AEye has pioneered breakthroughs in intelligent sensing. The company is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and backed by world-renowned investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Taiwania Capital, Hella Ventures, LG Electronics, Subaru-SBI, Aisin, Intel Capital, and Airbus Ventures.