AMD adaptive computing technology enables next-gen Denso LiDAR system

Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES Asia, Taipei 0

Credit: AMD

AMD announced recently that its adaptive computing technology is powering Denso's next-generation LiDAR platform to deliver over 20X improvement in resolution with extremely low latency for increased precision in detecting pedestrians, vehicles, free space and more.

The Denso LiDAR platform, targeted to begin shipping in 2025, will leverage the AMD Xilinx Automotive (XA) Zynq UltraScale+ adaptive SoC and its functional safety suite of developer tools to enable ISO 26262 ASIL-B certification.

Denso's Single-Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) LiDAR system, powered by AMD's XA Zynq UltraScale+ multi-processor system-on-a-chip (MPSoC) platform, generates the highest point-cloud density level of any LiDAR system on the market today, the processor vendor claimed. Point-cloud density describes the number of points within a given area and is analogous to image resolution, where richer data ensures that crucial decision-making details are captured.

AMD indicated its highly-adaptable XA Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC enables Denso's LiDAR systems to reduce the size of current LiDAR implementations, allowing multiple LiDARs to work in tandem for forward view and side views of a vehicle. One device can be used for multiple Denso LiDAR systems, including future generations, which drives down system costs and helps designs to be future-ready.

"We are excited to expand our collaboration with AMD as we introduce our next-generation LiDAR system," said Eiichi Kurokawa, head of Denso's sensing system business unit, in a statement issued by AMD. "AMD high-performance, highly scalable, programmable silicon offers distinct benefits for the extremely complex image processing requirements of our LiDAR sensor architecture. The flexibility and capabilities of the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC platform and its ability to meet stringent functional safety requirements led us to work with AMD."

"Denso has developed an exceptionally precise LiDAR system. With LiDAR continuing to evolve, there are new technology requirements, driving the need for improvements in sensitivity, density and performance," said Mark Wadlington, senior VP and GM of AMD's core markets group. "Through AMD adaptive computing technology we're helping to enable a reduction in system size and space, while also improving resolution for increased precision in object detection, all at very low latency."