Toyota picks Renesas SoC to power its first self-driving cars

Intel outside as ARM-powered silicon becomes brains of auto-auto due on sale in 2020

Toyota has selected the embedded systems maker Renesas to supply the ARM-powered systems-on-a-chip to power autonomous vehicles scheduled for commercial launch in the year 2020.

Renesas says its R-Car platform, the most recent third iteration of which employs either ARM Cortex A-57, A-53 or R-7 CPU cores, will be in charge of “making real-time decisions on vehicle control and active safety maneuvers based on sensor data.”

Another Renesas product, the RH850 microcontroller, will enact commands sent by the R-Car SoC.

Denso corporation will do the work of integrating Renesas' products with Toyota's hardware.

News of the deals will go down badly at Intel, which has its eyes on the automotive market as a growth opportunity for its silicon and AI wares. Chipzilla's keen on any market that consumes silicon, but sees the coming surge of connected cars as representing a new growth opportunity to help it overcome the slowing PC market and mobile device-makers' decision to go with ARM-powered.

Intel and Toyota remain friendly enough to both sign up for the Automotive Edge Computing Consortium, which has given itself the mission of “increasing network capacity to accommodate automotive big data in a reasonable fashion between vehicles and the cloud by means of edge computing and more efficient network design.”

Which is nice. But Toyota is the world's largest auto-maker, so missing out on a flagship project can't be much fun. ®

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