NXP Semiconductors announced a new strategic partnership with Kalray. The partnership will combine NXP’s safety products for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and central compute with Kalray’s massively parallel processor array (MPPA) processors. The new platform is designed to address the performance, safety, and near-term commercial needs of Levels 2 and 3 driving with an eye to longer-term release in Levels 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles. The collaboration also aims to take on the safety shortcomings of today’s pilots and experimental offerings in the autonomous development space.
NXP and Kalray plan to co-develop a central computing platform with safety as a foundation. NXP will offer the host processor of the platform, its high-performance S32 processor, with its safety-critical ASIL D and ASIL B capabilities. This is expected to help the platform tackle the requirements of automotive central computing and will target path planning functions. Kalray will deliver its MPPA processors to handle the machine-learning aspects of perception.