Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe has developed a driver's visual assistance technology that features an advanced wrap-around view, implemented in their MB86R11 Emerald-L chip. The video images from four cameras are combined and projected onto a virtual 3D curved surface. The images on that surface can be seen from any desired point-of-view using 3D virtual projection. The image impression is significantly different from those of conventional systems, with much less distortion, making it easier for drivers to recognize obstacles around their vehicles.
The system uses point-of-view interpolation technology, which allows alteration of the perspective of view. When the display content is switched from one image to another, the transition is smooth. The car model can be rendered into the wrap-around image so that the combination of the rendered car model and the interpolation technology ensures that drivers do not lose their orientation and instantly recognize in what direction they are looking, with good measurement of the proportion of obstacles around the car.
The MB86R11 Emerald-L is available now and has a huge list of new features. The processor core is the higher performance ARM Cortex-A9 core-based SoC, which also has an integrated ARM-Neon-SIMD engine. The four video input ports of Emerald enable simultaneous processing of various different video images. The Emerald is capable of supporting up to four input functions, each with high resolution concurrently. The Emerald Family supports up to 1GByte or DDR2 800 or DDR3 1066 RAM and NAND, NOR and managed NAND flash.
A supplementary benefit is the multi-layer concept with up to eight layers and the three independent display controllers. This allows flexible and prioritized graphic rendering based on OpenGL ES 2.0. The automotive standard resources and communications protocols CAN, MediaLB (Media Local Bus) and Ethernet are also implemented into the Emerald family. There are two versions of the Emerald family – Emerald-L MB86R11, which is available now, and Emerald-P MB86R12, which is almost identical to Emerald-L but with additional APIX interfaces from Inova Semiconductors. Engineering samples of Emerald-P will be available in the second half of 2011.
The Emerald family is also ideally suited for virtual cluster applications.
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