AMD has announced that its adaptive computing technology will support the operations of DENSO’s next-generation LiDAR platform.

The new platform will enable a resolution improvement which AMD claims will be 20 times greater than its predecessor, offering low latency and increased precision in the detection of pedestrians, vehicles, and more. Targeted for a 2025 launch, DENSO’s LiDAR platform will leverage AMD’s Xilinx Automotive (XA) Zynq Ultrascale+ adaptive SoC, as well as its functional safety suite of developer tools, to enable ISO 26262 ASIL-B certification.

AMD’s XA Sync UltraScale+ multi-processor SoC (MPSoC) platform has also been adopted by DENSO in its Single-Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) LiDAR system. With this platform, the OEM will likewise look to reduce the size of its current LiDAR implementations – allowing for multiple LiDAR sensors to operate simultaneously, enabling forward- and side-views of a vehicle. Here, one device can be used for multiple DENSO LiDAR systems – reducing system costs while ensuring new designs are futureproof.

DENSO claims that its SPAD LiDAR can generate over three million points-per-second at 10 frames per-second. The middle-range LiDAR system utilizes XA Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs for system monitor functionality, enabling optimal temperature and system operations. In using time-to-digital conversion instead of analog-to-digital converters, the overall system size and cost can be optimized while still delivering high-performance, high-density, data.