The next version of Visteon’s SmartCore cockpit controllers will incorporate Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform.
Visteon’s SmartCore domain controller, which can independently operate several cockpit domains on one system-on-a-chip (SoC) through a single driver interface, will be the first platform-based domain controller to incorporate the Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform.
Using Snapdragon, Visteon aims to make available technologies to support advanced virtual cockpits and autonomous driving through Visteon’s scalable hardware and software stack in SmartCore and its DriveCore autonomous driving controller.
DriveCore is an open platform consisting of the hardware, middleware and frameworks to develop machine-learning algorithms for object classification, detection, path planning and execution.
“Using our high-performing and power-efficient Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform, Visteon’s SmartCore cockpit controller can drive the instrument cluster, infotainment screen and head-up display from a single control unit, helping auto makers to achieve significant complexity reduction and efficiencies while delivering the rich in-car experiences that drivers expect today,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies.
Featuring a customised Qualcomm Kryo CPU, Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP with Hexagon Vector eXtensions (HVX) and Qualcomm Adreno GPU, the Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform can support cockpit domain controllers through virtualisation and GPU.
Additionally, the Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform’s vehicle sensor integration supports driver assistance and awareness of the vehicle’s surroundings with the Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine and computer vision using the integrated DSP, integrated GNSS and automotive dead reckoning.
Visteon is scheduled to launch the first SmartCore-based solution in 2018 on a high-volume, global vehicle platform with a European auto maker. The platform initially will cover driver information, infotainment and connectivity domains.
It will be expanded towards a scalable computing concept that integrates further applications such as additional displays, e-mirrors, augmented reality and driver monitoring in future model years.