Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved attending antique car shows with my dad. Classic cars have always fascinated me. The design styles and build trends drew me in. As I go back down memory lane, my dad’s 1976 red Corvette Stingray stands out in my head.
My dad saved up his money for almost a decade. He finally purchased his dream car when I was a teenager. Long story short, my father does not cruise in his Corvette anymore. Why? He’s taken it out 3 times, and you’ve guessed it – all 3 times it’s gotten hit. Thankfully, there has been no major damage.
As we fast forward 30 plus years, automobiles have certainly come a long way. One key reason are the “electrification” of vehicles. Turn signals used to be mechanical switches. Today, everything is electronic including the “sound” of the turn signals. Increased electronic content has added to the “intelligence” in the modern automobile.
Present day, we don’t think back up cameras, automatic windows, push to start buttons or other solutions as “added features” anymore. Many of these are standard features. Additionally, modern cars feature autonomous systems like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which warn drivers of potential collisions.
Whomever hit my dad’s Stingray years ago, definitely could have utilized this feature…just saying.
Electrification Leads to Smarter Cars
Demands by customers within the automotive industry is astounding. We’re witnessing improvements in safety, infotainment, communications and more EVs on the road. One major evolution is self-driving systems.
The future development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is already here. Autonomous driving is set to change the automobile industry’s face by eliminating the need for a human behind the wheels.
Machine learning and predictive technology is incredibly complex. This kind of revolutionary feature requires analyzing the sensors performance and optimizing codes across the whole system.
ADAS Development Systems
The growth of ADAS requires easy-to-use development systems for car designers. Xilinx-design partner Xylon develops solutions for the ever growing automotive ADAS market. Since its founding in 1995, Xylon has focused on FPGA designs and IP development.
A number of Xylon solutions enable quick prototyping and evaluation of automotive multi-camera ADAS and AD applications. The following solutions act as interfaces between automotive video cameras and Xilinx FPGA/SoC evaluation kits.
- logiFMC-GMSL2 12-Ch GMSL2 FMC Daughter Card
- logiFMC-GMSL-96706 6-Ch GMSL FMC Daughter Card
- logiFMC-FPD3-954 12-Ch FPD-Link III FMC Daughter Card
- logiFMC-FPD3-934 6-Ch FPD-Link III FMC Daughter Card
Samtec VITA 57 FMC Solutions
Each of the Xylon FMC solutions leverage the benefits of the VITA 57.1 FMC Interface. FMC defines a compact electro-mechanical expansion interface for a daughter card to an FPGA baseboard with re-configurable I/O capability.
The FMC Standard is essential for FPGA vendors making baseboards and comprehensive development kits to enable Designers to accelerate their application development. Companies like Xylon continually introduce FMC solutions for targeted market specific applications. As mentioned, Xylon focuses on the ADAS market.
The VITA 57.1 FMC standard specifies ASP versions of the SEARAY™ HIgh-Density Open-Pin-Field Array. The FMC connector supports both 8.5 mm and 10 mm stack heights. The LPC connector version provides 68 user-defined, single-ended signals (or 34 user-defined, differential pairs). The LPC connector version provides 160 user-defined, single-ended signals (or 80 user-defined, differential pairs), 10 serial transceiver pairs and additional clock.
Electrification Leads to Automotive 2.0
Samtec knows that Automotive 2.0 is driving at an unprecedented growth. With global manufacturing facilities, an extensive line of proven interconnect solutions, and full custom product development capabilities, Samtec is well positioned to support the interconnect needs of many automotive applications.
For more information regarding ADAS or to discuss your specific automotive application, please e-mail AutoSalesGroup@samtec.com. Please visit Samtec’s Automotive Solutions Page for more information regarding products and expertise.