LUPA, Renesas accelearte automotive smart camera development

Jointly-developed open platform reduces time to mass production of C-NCAP, Euro NCAP and L2+ applications

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LUPALUPA Electronics GmbH and Renesas Electronics Corporation have announced the EagleCAM module, an open front camera solution.

While the former is an automotive safety solution provider, the latter is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions.

Their latest solution features Renesas’ R-Car V3H and R-Car V3M system-on-chip (SoC) devices. The all-in-one scalable camera platform targets the latest C-NCAP and Euro NCAP requirements, like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and traffic sign recognition.

The jointly-developed solutions enable Tier 1s and OEMs to differentiate and extend their offering by integrating their proprietary or third-party software that adds additional driving features.

Naoki Yoshida, Vice President, Automotive Digital Products Marketing Division, Automotive Solution Business Unit, at Renesas, said, “the combination of LUPA’s EagleCAM and Renesas R-Car SoCs delivers scalable and functional safety-compliant, open ADAS solutions that enables flexible feature integration, allowing customers to achieve quicker time to production.”

He added: “We are excited that our collaboration will make it easier for our joint customers to develop smart camera applications and bring NCAP and L2+ functionality to their vehicles more quickly and confidently.”

According to Benjamin May, CEO at LUPA-Electronics, “The demand for automotive safety solutions is at an all-time high. We are excited to publicly announce our partnership with Renesas. By integrating the low-power, high-performance R-Car SoCs into our EagleCAM smart camera platform, we are making it easy for OEMs to add novel safety and driver comfort features to their next-generation vehicles.”

He further said, “Our flexible approach speeds up product development cycles while enabling a safer, more fun driving experience for end customers.”

Turnkey solutions

Majority of smart camera turnkey solutions on the market today take a black box solution approach. This makes it challenging for OEMs and Tier 1s to address changing market demands and slowing down development.

However, with EagleCAM featuring R-Car SoCs, Renesas and LUPA introduce an open turnkey solution that delivers high-performance, flexible perception while reducing time to market and reducing the bill of materials (BOM) costs.

Based on the proven R-Car SoCs of Renesas, EagleCAM backs low- to high-end front camera applications with extensions for surround view, driver monitoring, and augmented reality.

Apart from the R-Car SoCs, EagleCAM also includes Renesas’ automotive power management ICs (PMICs) to further bring down BOM costs.

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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