Qualcomm Launches New ADAS Feature at CES

Qualcomm has launched another feature to its Snapdragon ADAS platform allowing a variety of mission critical and non-critical function to exist on a single microprocessor.

Unveiled today at 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Snapdragon Ride Flex claims to be automotive industry’s first scalable family of system-on-chip (SoC). The Flex SoC is engineered to support mixed-criticality workloads across heterogenous compute resources, allowing for the digital cockpit, ADAS and AD functions to co-exist on a single SoC.

It is designed to meet the highest level of automotive safety and claims to enable a hardware architecture to support isolation, freedom from interference, and quality-of-service (QoS) for specific ADAS functions and comes equipped with a dedicated Automotive Safety Integrity Level D (ASIL-D) safety island. The first Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC is being trialed now for an expected start of production beginning in 2024.

Also at CES, the automotive digital supplier launched its latest generation of the

Snapdragon Ride Platform. The latest is built with 4-nanometer (4nm) SoCs and integrated Snapdragon Ride Vision stack to support safety critical systems through to comfort ADAS functions. It is also now being trialed with major Tier-1 suppliers who are targeting for 2025 global production vehicles.

Nakul Duggal, senior vice-president and general manager, automotive, at Qualcomm Technologies, said: “We continue to remain at the forefront of automotive compute innovation, and as we enter the era of Software Defined Vehicles, the Snapdragon Ride Flex SoC family defines a new setpoint for high-performance power-optimized mixed-criticality architectures. We are making it easier and more cost effective for automakers and Tier-1s to embrace the transition to an integrated, open, and scalable architecture across all vehicle tiers with our pre-integrated suite of hardware, software, and ADAS/AD stack solutions while enabling the ecosystem to differentiate on our platforms with an accelerated time-to-market advantage.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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