NXP’s new automotive processing platform for connected, electric, and autonomous cars
The NXP S32 platform from NXP Semiconductors is said to achieve 10x the performance of today’s best-performing safe automotive platform. The platform reportedly reduces software development effort by 90% within application domains, and by more than 40% across application domains. It is intended to deliver automotive safety, security, and over-the-air (OTA) capabilities.
The software development environment is designed to allow developers to reuse research and development work and, therefore, respond quicker to changing vehicle architectures and intense time-to-market demands. The platform is developed to deliver automotive quality, reliability, and ASIL D performance across multiple application spaces.
“Traditional and disruptive automakers, even more than Tier 1s, seek a standardized way of working across vehicle domains, segments, and regions to meet increasing performance demands while contemporarily ensuring fast time to market and control over skyrocketing development costs,” said Luca DeAmbroggi, Senior Principal Analyst, Automotive Electronics & Semiconductors at IHS Markit. “A common architecture and a scalable approach can cut development time for critical applications in domains like ADAS, autonomous driving, or connectivity from both the HW and the SW perspective.”
The NXP S32 architecture provides:
- The S32 platform is designed to encompass a range of performance from small low-power Arm Cortex-M, real-time optimized Cortex-R, and highest-performance Cortex-A class performance classes, with ASIL D capability at each performance level.
- The S32 platform reportedly allows zero downtime over-the-air updates (OTA) capability with full rollback options to any S32 enabled car domains via a secure gateway and common domain architecture.
- The S32 platform features NXP’s core security concepts across new SoCs launched in the S32 family, offering scalable solutions.
- A common IP set provides a consistent development environment via the S32 SDK. This allows development efforts to be shared across domains and eliminates duplication of multiple software modules.
- Application-specific IP on each microcontroller gives tailored hardware support for key domain requirements such as secure gateway, radar, powertrain, and motor control.
- The complete redesign of NXP IP across the microcontroller families has forged common functionality across technology nodes and consistent hardware and software behavior.
- The S32 platform will reportedly support a range of AI accelerators targeting ADAS applications. These will accelerate algorithms to support functions such as object detection and classification in the areas of vision, radar, and sensor fusion.