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Multi-processing SoC aimed at ADAS, IoT and 5G

Posted: 07 Jul 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Xilinx  GPU  processor  SoC  IoT 

Xilinx has introduced what it boats as the world's first heterogeneous multi-processing SoC. According to the company, the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC family combines seven user programmable processors including a quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 application processing unit, a dual-core 32bit ARM Cortex-R5 real time processing unit, and an ARM Mali-400 GPU.

The device also includes a host of integrated peripherals, safety and security features, and advanced power management. When coupled with the recently introduced SDSoC development environment, the family is enabling systems that are both software defined and hardware optimised, Xilinx added.

Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC

The company stated that the Zynq UltraScale+ offers software intelligence, hardware optimisation, security and safety. According to Xilinx EVP Victor Peng, the MPSoC has been specifically tailored to meet the unique requirements of next generation embedded vision, including ADAS and the roadmap to autonomous vehicles, industrial-IoT and 5G wireless systems. Beyond this, it can be used in numerous applications, Peng said.

For ADAS, the device tightly couples highly parallelised hardware image processing and analytics acceleration with software based algorithm configuration and control. With the addition of expanded memory with UltraRAM for video buffering, throughput is maximised and latency is reduced; a critical attribute for ADAS. Finally, to enable real-time safety-critical countermeasure decisions and initiate actuator commands, the Zynq MPSoC ARM with dual core Cortex-R5 engines can be used in lockstep mode along with cross-monitoring and diagnostic-protected voting in the programmable fabric. The Zynq MPSoC was designed with automotive ISO-26262 functional safety requirements in mind, while still offering a scalable and highly customisable programmable platform that will future-proof customer designs in the quickly changing ADAS space.

Xilinx is also offering a comprehensive early access toolset for the UltraScale+ portfolio. Tools include the SDSoC development environment to enable a complete software defined development alternative for systems and software engineers. In addition, the latest release of the Vivado Design Suite enables hardware designers to quickly build optimised Zynq MPSoC-based platforms. Finally, Xilinx has already provided source code to enable the open source communities, including Linux, FreeRTOS, OpenAMP, Yocto, QEMU and XEN. Finally Xilinx's software development kit (SDK), PetaLinux tools, and run-time drivers and libraries complement the total product offering and ease application development.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
  EE Times Europe

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