Graphics chip recognizes nearby pedestrians and bicycles

May 21, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe (FSEU) announced the development of MB86R24, the company's third-generation graphic SoCs for automotive applications. The device incorporates the Approaching Object Detection functionality—which notifies drivers of nearby people, bicycles and other objects—into the 360° Wraparound View System that allows drivers to check their entire surroundings in 3D from any angle.

In addition to the Approaching Object Detection, the new chip also enables the development of integrated Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems that consolidate and provide centralized control over a variety of onboard vehicle information. Until now, the display of such information on multiple screens has been controlled independently for each screen.

The MB86R24 is expected to help in improving safety, comfort and peace of mind for automobile drivers, as well as for home and industrial applications that are becoming increasingly important.

In recent years, there has been growing concern regarding automobile safety, as can be seen by the establishment of the Kids and Transportation Safety Act in the United States. At the same time, demand for automotive systems is increasing on a daily basis. In light of these trends, Fujitsu Semiconductor developed MB86R24, a graphics SoC that makes it possible to create a 360° Wraparound View System that notifies drivers about objects approaching the vehicle, as well as integrated HMI systems that connects people with data from inside and outside the vehicle.

The 360° Wraparound View System uses cameras facing forward, backward, left, and right to synthesize a 3D model of the environment and then display the surroundings from any perspective. Last year, Fujitsu Semiconductor developed a 360° wraparound view system that employed a second-generation MB86R10 series graphics SoC and also worked with megapixel cameras. As systems such as this, which give clear visual confirmation of a vehicle's surroundings, grow in popularity, there will be increasing expectations for additional functionality that reduces the likelihood of driver oversights while promoting safer, more confident driving.

Fig. 1: The MB86R24 processes the input of up to six cameras simultaneously, creating a 360° surround view of the vehicle.

Equipped with 6 full HD input channels and 3 display output channels, the MB86R24 boasts roughly double the CPU performance and 5 times the GPU performance of its predecessor, delivering sharper images and the ability to