<p>Micronas Semiconductor Holding AG in 2016. Based in Switzerland, Micronas is a leading supplier of Hall sensors.</p>

Revolutionizing how graphics are created Catanzaro is certain that generative models will eventually change how graphics are created. He explained that this will enable developers, particularly in gaming and automotive, to create scenes at a fraction of the traditional cost.”

Tan:  There will be a demand for a high-speed connectivity when moving a lot of data to one destination via one direction. MIPI, for example, is a lot like LVDS in terms of sending a lot of data in a single direction.

There also needs to be a high-speed interface to route data to multiple locations. Then, there will be a demand for bidirectional networks, sending and receiving data at the same time. Ethernet will be the backbone of a vehicle. I see a lot of technology innovations are happening today. New ideas are coming out from everywhere. This is a sea change. And I think it is a good thing that a lot of people want to get involved in [various industry groups].

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As a chip vendor, I think we are responsible for developing a tool box of really good solutions. 

EE Times:  What’s ahead?

Tan:  While developing all these new, very high-speed interfaces for ADAS/AVs, we see further challenges in security, safety and reliability. They still need to be addressed.

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EE Times:  When did you join NXP?

Tan:  A year ago. I worked at National Semiconductors, Texas Instruments and most recently at Marvell where I worked on gigabit Ethernet efforts for automotive.

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EE Times:  So, you are an automotive connectivity guru?

Tan:  Guru” is a strong word, but I have been in the connectivity business for a long time. And undoubtedly the automotive market is getting hot.

After all, the CPU is really just the first basic building block,” he noted. After selecting a CPU architecture, you have to architect an SoC that meets the targeted safety, thermal and power requirements.  Depending on the applications, I'm sure you could find pros and cons for both. The biggest differentiator would be the level of investment in future products, tools, and the ecosystem support,” all of which, in McGregor’s opinion, could be reason enough to swing chip vendors to Arm.

Noting that Arm hasn’t provided many details on the specific features it added to Cortex-A76AE,” Demler observed, In EyeQ5, Mobileye uses MIPS I-6500F, which includes features specifically for automotive functional safety. Meanwhile, prior to announcing Cortex-A76AE, Arm competed for such applications with Cortex-R52.”

The only difference, in Demler’s opinion, is that Mobileye preferred the multithreading capability in MIPS, which Arm doesn’t support. Otherwise, I believe both cores support the same safety capabilities.”

Safety-ready program The Safety Ready program covers Arm’s existing and future products designed for safety applications. These products have been through a rigorous functional safety process, including systematic flows and development in support of ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 standards.

Arm’s Mandyam explained that Arm combined, under its safety program, software, tools, components to certifications and standards, to help its partners, OEMs, tier ones to confidently develop SoCs and systems that meet the high levels of functional safety required for autonomous applications.

It includes firmware that is integrated with the core cryptographic hardware to ensure that credentials — keys and certificates — can be managed and stored correctly across the critical phases of factory provisioning, operational startup, and patching and remediation cycles.

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