Broadcom, Freescale and OmniVision enable Ethernet-based 360-degree surround view parking assistance system


Broadcom, Freescale Semiconductor and OmniVision
, announced
the launch of their jointly developed 360-degree surround view parking
assistance system, the world’s first Ethernet-based parking assistance

The collaboration, combining best-in-class semiconductor
innovation and automotive electronics expertise, is an important step in the
migration from a closed application to an open and scalable Ethernet-based
driver assistance network in which several systems can easily access

The continuously improving cost efficiencies of
automotive vision and sensing systems are now enabling the adoption of
multi-camera surround view systems across a much broader range of vehicles,”
said Kevin Mak, automotive industry analyst for Strategy Analytics.

The cost advantages offered by Ethernet technology,
combined with the high image resolution now available from affordable CMOS
image sensors, dramatically expand the opportunity for OEMs to deploy
360-degree parking assistance camera systems across vehicle classes, bringing
valuable assistance options to luxury and non-luxury markets alike.

The system is based on the Broadcom BroadR-Reach BCM89810
standalone physical layer transceiver (PHY), the Freescale
Qorivva MPC5604E 32-bit microcontroller (MCU), and OmniVision’s AEC-Q100
qualified OV10630 color high dynamic range (HDR) system-on-a-chip (SoC) CMOS
image sensor.

The Broadcom BCM89810 BroadR-Reach PHY enables low-cost
Ethernet connectivity at 100Mbps over unshielded single twisted pair cable.

Broadcom develops innovative technologies to meet the
unique requirements of the automotive industry. Our BroadR-Reach Ethernet
technology reduces connectivity costs and helps manufacturers to deliver
advanced safety features to a broad range of vehicles,” said Dr. Ali Abaye,
senior director of product marketing, Broadcom Corporation.

The new highly-integrated Freescale Qorivva MPC5604E
32-bit MCU, built on Power Architecture technology, manages video streaming and
camera control, reducing the required communication bandwidth to less than 100

The OV10630’s unique color HDR SoC structure with fully
processed YUV output format enables a streamlined camera module architecture. Using this approach, the
video signal can be fed directly into the Freescale Qorivva MPC5604E MJPEG
encoding pipeline without the need for any additional processing ICs for RAW
image to YUV format conversion.

The 1/2.7-inch OV10630 sensor combines
megapixel resolution (including 720p HD video) with the industry’s best color
HDR and low-light sensitivity.
It is built on
OmniVision’s high-sensitivity
OmniPixel3-HS architecture, enabling best-in-class low-light performance
(3.5V/lux-sec) and detail-rich, HD-quality color video capture.


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