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September 22, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Configurable computing platform solves car computing dillemma
It is no secret that in view of the ever-increasing volume of data in vehicles the automotive industry urgently needs new computing platforms and architectures. Xilinx is trying to satisfy this need with a new architectural approach: Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platforms (ACAPs) combine enormous computing power with unprecedented configuration flexibility.

The ACAP architecture is not only suitable for the kind of tasks that occur in the automotive sector. Rather, it can also be used in other segments such as data centers, 5G mobile communications or robot controls. However, the automotive industry plays a particularly important role for Xilinx, as Senior Automotive Director Willard Tu explains. Car manufacturers are increasingly opting for computing solutions from Xilinx; the number of vehicle models in which the Californian company's hardware is installed is continuously increasing: in 2014, FPGAs and SoCs from Xilinx were found in 29 different vehicle models from 14 manufacturers, by 2018 there were 111 models from 29 manufacturers. Almost all OEMs and Tier Ones in the automotive industry are now Xilinx customers.

The new ACAP product family Versal is designed to simplify and accelerate the development of automotive electronics. To this end, it combines a standard-oriented approach with high quantities and thus enables cost optimization, promises Tu.

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