Renesas Electronics R-Car V3M Starter Kit accelerates NCAP Front Camera Application Development

R-Car V3M Starter Kit Significantly Reduces Development Efforts and Accelerates Time-to-Market R-Car V3M Now Includes CNN Accelerator to Deliver Ultra-Low Power Consumption for High-Performance Convolutional Neural Networks in NCAP Camera Applications

Renesas Electronics a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the R-Car V3M Starter Kit to simplify and speed up the development of New Car Assessment Program front camera applications, surround view systems and LiDARs. The new starter kit is based on the R-Car V3M image recognition system-on-chip (SoC), delivering a combination of low power consumption and high performance for the growing NCAP front camera market. By combining the R-Car V3M starter kit with supporting software and tools, system developers can easily develop front camera applications, contributing to reduced development efforts and faster time-to-market.

Renesas also announced an enhancement to the R-Car V3M by integrating a new, highly power-efficient hardware accelerator for high-performance convolutional neural networks which enables features such as road detection or object classification that is increasingly used in automotive applications. The R-Car V3M’s innovative hardware accelerator enables CNN’s to execute at ultra-low power consumption levels that cannot be reached when CNN’s are running on CPUs or GPUs.

The new R-Car V3M Starter Kit, the R-Car V3M SoC, and supporting software and tools including Renesas’ open-source e² studio IDE integrated development environment (IDE), are part of Renesas’ open, innovative, and trusted Renesas autonomy™ Platform for ADAS and automated driving that delivers total end-to-end solutions scaling from cloud to sensing and vehicle control.

“With the R-Car V3M Starter Kit, Renesas significantly reduces development efforts and accelerates time-to-market for the rapidly growing market of NCAP cameras,” said Jean-Francois Chouteau, Vice President, Renesas Electronics Corporation. “Following our announcements on the R-Car V3M SoC and our partnership with HELLA Aglaia for front camera application software, the starter kit completes the offering to develop state-of-the-art front camera solutions.”

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