ARM places car industry in its sights

ARM logoBritish technology semiconductor company ARM said it is offering a safety package for its Cortex-A microprocessors and is broadening its aims in the automotive industry.

ARM said that advanced driver assistant systems (ADAS) for vehicles will need at least 100 times more computing performance by 2024.

The firm said that companies have to build safety cases on a chip by chip basis, and that involves both duplication of effort and higher costs.

AMR’s ADAS system, it claims, gives the promise of more intelligence and better road safety.

The safety features will include support for future Cortex-A processors but there are already initial packages for the Cortex-A57, A72 and A53 microprocessors.

The use of these systems will help firms meet safety standards including ISO 26262 and IEC 61508.

ADAS features are expected to grow at an 18 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the coming years.

Future developments are likely to use radar and vision technology, as well as other features including driver assist and “infotainment” systems.

ARM thinks it can increase performance by 20 times by 2018, 40 to 50 times by 2020, and 100 times by 2024.

Freescale and Texas Instruments have already announced they will support Cortex-A72 processors for vehicle systems on a chips (SoCs). High end vehicles already use over 100 processors, using tens of millions of lines of code, ARM said.