ON Semiconductor’s Image sensor model offers real-time data for NVIDIA Drive Constellation
ON Semiconductor, a supplier of semiconductor-based solutions has announced that it will team up with NVIDIA to capitalize on its sophisticated image sensor modelling technology to provide real-time data for the NVIDIA Drive Constellation. NVIDIA’s open cloud-based platform performs bit-accurate simulation. A bit-accurate simulation is a hardware design implementing an algorithm to test hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) which is used to test how controller design responds, in real time, to realistic virtual stimuli and validating that requirements and safety concepts of autonomous vehicles are in place.
Ross Jatou, Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Sensing Division of ON Semiconductor, stated, “ON Semiconductor is excited to be one of NVIDIA’s ecosystem partners working on its DRIVE Constellation platform.” Further, he added “Our innovative, scalable image sensor solutions address the stringent and evolving needs of autonomous driving, so to be an integral part of such an important and enabling program that will help accelerate progress to safe, robust driverless vehicles, is really important to us.”
Working process of ON Semiconductor Sensor Model with NVIDIA’s Drive Constellation
ON Semiconductor’s Image Sensor model which offers a collection of automotive CMOS image sensors ranging from 1 MP to 12 MP with the NVIDIA drive platform. ON Semiconductor’s Image Sensor model receives both scene information and control signals from the NVIDIA DRIVE Constellation to calculate and output a real-time image based on the inputs. Then, it transmits the simulated image back to DRIVE Constellation for processing. The complex sensor model will utilize all critical parameters in the path from converting photons to digital output such as Quantum Efficiency, Noise, Gain, Analog-to-Digital Conversion, and Black Level Correction. By obtaining these digital outputs, the Image Sensor Model will be able to provide an accurate output of a real-world image sensor for autonomous driving.
Zvi Greenstein, General Manager of NVIDIA stated, “The NVIDIA DRIVE platform delivers a full hardware and software ecosystem for developers and is supported by specialists in an array of different technologies and disciplines.” Further, he added “ON Semiconductor’s advanced imaging solutions have demonstrated class-leading performance and their innovative Image Sensor model can benefit those engaged in the groundbreaking work to take autonomous driving from concepts under test to mainstream reality.”