Accelerate Automotive with Intel® FPGAS

Stay ahead in an evolving industry.

Intel is a leader in programmable logic device (PLD) technology within the the Automotive industry, with over 20 OEM brands using our solutions to differentiate their automobiles.

Overview

With rapidly evolving standards and requirements for Advanced Driver Assisted Systems (ADAS) and In-Vehicle Experience (IVE) applications, the need for flexibility and faster development cycles, while maintaining a high performance-per-watt is the primary concern for system designers. By combining reprogrammable FPGAs with an expanding range of automotive-grade products, Intel® FPGAs enable automotive engineers to meet their design requirements and stay ahead in an evolving industry.

The FPGA Advantage

Applications

The rapid evolution of ADAS/AD applications poses a unique challenge requiring high-throughput, power efficiency, and real-time processing. Intel® automotive-grade FPGAs and SoCs enable flexibility, low latency, high performance-per-watt, functional safety, and security advantages for ADAS/AD applications like sensor ingest and pre-processing and acceleration.

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Consumers are expecting the same look and feel from their infotainment systems as their smart phones and value in-car technology as much as their car's driving performance. Intel® automotive-grade FPGAs and SoCs can be combined or used separately to enable applications such as gesture recognition, driver monitoring systems and blind spot detection. FPGA flexibilty allows you to continue innovating and setting the trend for In-Vehicle Experience.

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An increasing number of advanced safety systems require ISO26262 and other related functional safety certifications. Today, integrating functional safety into control electronics and system architecture is challenging for manufacturers. Intel offers Automotive Functional Safety Data Pack (AFSDP) for many product families. Use the AFSDP to accelerate certification and get to market faster.

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The recent development of hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV) has accelerated innovation and improved efficiency in electric motor controls, power conversion, and battery management systems. However, the algorithms driving these systems require continuous upgrades and design changes to optimize performance.

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Videos

Watch this webcast to learn more about ARM*-based SoC FPGAs. See how the Arria® V and Cyclone® V SoC FPGAs give you the performance benefits and power and cost savings of hard logic, with the flexibility and time-to-market benefits of programmable logic – all in a single device.

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Watch this webcast to learn how you can more easily implement your ADAS design with the flexibility to meet your requirements. Learn how proper system partitioning can help you achieve the required performance at lowest power. Review ways to support multiple applications using a single platform. Understand the benefits of FPGA-based ADAS design.

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This webcast looks at how mitigating soft errors through error correction code (ECC) can improve your embedded designs.

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Technology

Security is a key requirement to build a robust automotive system. Automotive applications are complex from both a hardware and software perspective and many potential security issues must be addressed while designing these systems. Intel® FPGAs provide both permanent and reconfigurable design security to protect your design against common threats such as cloning, reverse engineering, and tampering.

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FAQs

Intel's automotive-grade products consist of a select group of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs); specifically FPGA and CPLDs. These products are intended for use in automotive applications and meet specific criteria: operation over an automotive temperature range of -40°C to +125°C (junction) and adherence to automotive-specific quality standards. These devices are denoted by unique device ordering codes.

Intel has several web pages discussing automotive solutions, ranging from devices (i.e., automotive-grade products) to automotive solutions (reference designs, development kits, intellectual property (IP) cores, etc.), plus the Automotive-Grade Device Handbook (PDF).

All of Intel's automotive-grade devices are qualified to operate at -40°C to +125°C (junction). This range addresses the majority of infotainment and ADAS applications where vehicles must operate in a wide range of ambient temperature conditions, as well as the extremes associated with specific component locations within the vehicle (for example, small spaces with low airflow and nearby heat sources). Intel's legacy automotive grade MAX® 7000AE CPLDs support -40°C to +130°C (junction).

Intel will continue to evaluate requests from its customers in addition to developing new products suitable for automotive applications. We expect to see additional programmable and ASIC products added to the automotive-grade portfolio in the future.

Yes. All of Intel's automotive-grade devices are functional and pin-compatible with their commercial, industrial, or extended counterparts.

Yes. The Automotive-Grade Device Handbook (PDF) is available for download. Further details can be found in the data sheet or handbook for each device family.

Intel has a sophisticated quality assurance system based on infrastructure designed to support a zero PPM roadmap and ISO 9001 certification. The TS-16949 standard is the automotive portion of ISO 9001:2000. All of Intel's automotive-grade semiconductor products are manufactured at TS-16949-compliant facilities. Intel’s manufacturing wafer fab partners and its packaging and test partners are TS-16949 certified and registered. Intel's in-house reliability and failure analysis laboratories ensure that Intel products meet and exceed the demanding requirements of the automotive marketplace. Automotive-grade devices are qualified and tested to AEC-Q100 specifications.

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Intel has ISO 9001 certification.

Yes. Each of Intel's assembly plant partners and wafer fabrication partners are QS9000 approved.

Design

Intel and its partners offer a wide range of tools to help you resolve common automotive design challenges and significantly shorten your design cycle. To learn more, browse through our available FPGA development kits, reference designs, and IP cores. 

Documentation

Find technical documentation, handbooks, guides, and brochures for your Automotive FPGA designs.

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