ON Semi teams with Nvidia on VR-based autonomous vehicle simulation

March 21, 2019 // By Rich Pell
ON Semi teams with Nvidia on VR-based autonomous vehicle simulation
ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has announced that it is collaborating with NVIDIA (Santa Clara, CA) by providing real-time sensor data to the latter's cloud-based autonomous vehicle simulation.

The company says that it is leveraging its image sensor modeling technology to provide real-time data to the NVIDIA DRIVE Constellation virtual reality simulation platform. The open, cloud-based platform performs bit-accurate simulation for large-scale, hardware-in-the-loop testing and validation of autonomous vehicles.

"The NVIDIA DRIVE platform," says Zvi Greenstein, general manager at NVIDIA, "delivers a full hardware and software ecosystem for developers and is supported by specialists in an array of different technologies and disciplines. ON Semiconductor's advanced imaging solutions have demonstrated class-leading performance and their innovative Image Sensor model can benefit those engaged in the groundbreaking work to take autonomous driving from concepts under test to mainstream reality."

ON Semiconductor's Image Sensor model receives both scene information and control signals from DRIVE Constellation to calculate and output a real-time image based on the inputs. It then transmits the simulated image back to DRIVE Constellation for processing.

The complex sensor model, says the company, will utilize all critical parameters in the path from converting photons to digital output (e.g., quantum efficiency, noise, gain, analog-to-digital conversion, black level correction and more) to provide an accurate output of a real-world image sensor.

"ON Semiconductor is excited to be one of NVIDIA's ecosystem partners working on its DRIVE Constellation platform," says Ross Jatou, Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Sensing Division, ON Semiconductor. "Our innovative, scalable image sensor solutions address the stringent and evolving needs of autonomous driving, so to be an integral part of such an important and enabling program that will help accelerate progress to safe, robust driverless vehicles, is really important to us."

ON Semiconductor offers a portfolio of automotive CMOS image sensors ranging from 1 MP to 12 MP with the DRIVE Pegasus platform.

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