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Daimler Selects Xilinx to Drive AI-Based Automotive Applications

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【Summary】Silicon Valley based semiconductor company Xilinx Inc. today announced a partnership with Daimler AG, on AI-based applications for Mercedes Benz vehicles. The two companies are collaborating on an in-car system using Xilinx’s programmable logic device devices using artificial intelligence (AI) processing for future Mercedes-Benz models.

Eric Walz    Jun 26, 2018 9:55 AM PT
Daimler Selects Xilinx to Drive AI-Based Automotive Applications
author: Eric Walz   

Silicon Valley based semiconductor company Xilinx Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced a partnership with Daimler AG, on AI-based applications for Mercedes Benz vehicles. The two companies are collaborating on an in-car system using Xilinx's programmable logic device devices using artificial intelligence (AI) processing for future Mercedes-Benz models.

The announcement was made today at the opening of the annual Autonomous Vehicle Sensors Conference today in Silicon Valley.

"We are proud to announce this collaboration with Daimler on advanced AI applications," said Willard Tu, senior director, Automotive, Xilinx. "Our adaptable acceleration platform for automotive offers industry leaders like Daimler a high level of flexibility for innovation in deploying neural networks for intelligent vehicle systems.

The two companies did not release further details on the collaboration.

The Xilinx automotive platform includes system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices and AI acceleration software, which will deliver higher performance, low latency and best power efficiency required for embedded AI in automotive grade applications.

Xilinx has a long history in the automotive industry. For more than 12 years, the company has shipped over 40 million automotive units to automakers and Tier 1 suppliers.

"We are accelerating our product development using AI technology by engaging our global development centers with Xilinx experts," said Georges Massing, director user interaction & software at Daimler AG. "Through this strategic collaboration, Xilinx is providing technology that will enable us to deliver very low latency and power-efficient solutions for vehicle systems which must operate in thermally constrained environments. We have been very impressed with Xilinx's heritage and selected the company as a trusted partner for our future products."

AI powered automotive systems can also be used to make life in the car more convenient and safer for both the driver and the passengers. AI systems include natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning techniques make it possible to create advanced in-car assistants that can respond to voice commands and decide what actions to take, without needing a direct command from a driver or passenger.

As part of the strategic collaboration, deep learning experts from the Mercedes-Benz Research and Development centers in Sindelfingen, Germany and Bangalore, India are implementing their AI algorithms on a automotive platform from Xilinx.

Mercedes-Benz will further develop Xilinx's AI processor technology for use in future models, enabling the most efficient execution of their neural networks.

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