Synopsys Design Platform optimises computer vision for Renesas R-Car V3H SoC

Working with Renesas Electronics, Synopsys enabled the development of the former’s power-efficient R-Car V3H SoC’s hardware accelerator that provides computer vision capabilities for smart cameras in Level 3 and Level 4 autonomous vehicles.

The R-Car family of SoCs is the core SoC family of the open Renesas autonomy platform which delivers end-to-end automotive solutions, scaling from secure cloud connectivity and sensing, to vehicle control. 

Autonomous driving vehicles must sense the environment, control the vehicle, and conduct synchronised communications with the cloud, while maintaining high reliability and synchronise without any flaws.

Synopsys provides a portfolio of certified tools and flows, as well as downloadable functional safety kits, enabling easy deployment by automotive OEMs, semiconductor, and component suppliers for safety-related ASIL A through ASIL D designs.

The R-Car V3H SoC includes a new, highly power-efficient hardware accelerator for high-performance convolutional neural networks (CNNs). The performance is needed to detect traffic signs, lanes, pedestrians, vehicles, and other obstacles in real-time. Front cameras are mounted next to the windshield where they are exposed to direct sunlight, so low power consumption is crucial to minimise further heat dissipation. Synopsys Design Compiler Graphical and IC Compiler II enable full-flow optimisation for concurrent clock and data (CCD), wire synthesis, and logic restructuring, delivering high performance for computer vision while supporting low power consumption and a high level of functional safety.

Synopsys is the world’s 15th largest software company and has a long history of electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor IP and reports it is also growing its leadership in software security and quality solutions. SoC designers creating advanced semiconductors, and software developers writing applications that require the highest security and quality use Synopsys to deliver innovative, high-quality, secure products, says the company.

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