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US chip chosen for Toyota automated car parking system

Robert Besser
21 Nov 2022, 11:59 GMT+10

Santa Clara, California: U.S. chip design firm Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has said that Japanese automotive supply company Aisin, a member of the Toyota Group of companies, has chosen its micro processor, Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC, to power a new automated car parking system.

In an interview with Reuters, Wayne Lyons, AMD's senior director for the automotive market, said, "These parking systems have been very much a foothold in the very luxury vehicle market today. Aisin's solution is designed to make this more mainstream, because the solution itself is designed to fit into a very cost effective module."

Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC was developed by Xilinx, which specializes in chips called FPGAs, or field-programmable gate array, and was acquired by AMD this year.

"Their circuits can be reconfigured after the chip is installed in things like cars. This will allow automakers to update not only software, but also the chip after the car is sold," said Rehan Tahir, AMD's senior product marketing manager for automotive, as quoted by Reuters.

Aisin's auto parking system will be installed on 2024 models, Tahir added, but he did not say which car brands would use it.

"The Aisin system works with four cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors on the car to parallel park and also back into parking spaces. But the human in the car will have to decide if that spot is in a no-parking zone," he added.

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