NXP Thinks About the Transition from Today's Smart Sensors to Future Streaming Sensors

By Chad Cox

Production Editor

Embedded Computing Design

January 15, 2024


NXP Thinks About the Transition from Today's Smart Sensors to Future Streaming Sensors
Image Credit: NXP

While exhibiting at CES 2024 NXP Semiconductors highlighted its SAF86x radar SoC (System-on-Chip), a solution to easily combine radar transceivers, multi-core radar processor, and a MACsec hardware engine connected by Automotive Ethernet for software-defined radar. Low-level sensor data is transmitted up to 1 Gbit/s. According to NXP, the SoC gives car manufacturers the ability to optimize next-generation ADAS partitioning for software-defined vehicles, while providing for a smooth transition to new architectures and features utilizing Over-the-Air (OTA) updates.

Steffen Spannagel, SVP and GM, ADAS, NXP Semiconductors offered, “A network of connected radar sensors with software-defined functions on a dedicated S32R radar processor in a distributed architecture can enhance radar-based perception to support advancements in autonomous driving. That includes 360-degree sensing, more powerful AI-based algorithms, and secure OTA software updates.” 

The SAF86xx is designed to meet ISO 26262 Safety Element out of Context (SEooC) methodology supporting ASIL Level B (ISO/SAE 21434). Other safety features include emergency braking, blind-spot detection, traffic jam assist, highway pilot, park assist, front and rear cross-traffic alerts, and lateral and rear collision prevention.

 For more information, visit nxp.com/saf86xx.


Chad Cox. Production Editor, Embedded Computing Design, has responsibilities that include handling the news cycle, newsletters, social media, and advertising. Chad graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in Cultural and Analytical Literature.

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