Whether coupled with driver-assist features that watch the road or in-cabin monitoring systems that keep an eye on motorists, cameras are increasingly a central component of automotive technology.
Providing the chips that process data from those cameras has become a burgeoning new business, and Silicon Valley tech company Xilinx has been trying to increase its presence in the fledgling market.
The company did just that Tuesday, inking a deal with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer BYD to provide its Zynq chips for driver-assist applications in commercial and passenger vehicles. Xilinx will support features such as lane-departure warning, pedestrian detection and forward-collision warnings starting with 2019 vehicles.
“Front camera is an area that we definitely want to grow and take market share,” said Willard Tu, senior director of Xilinx’s automotive business. “This is only the tip of the iceberg.”