Maxim Integrated Products has collaborated with NVIDIA to enable the analogue blocks on automotive infotainment and ADAS for NVIDIA's DRIVE CX and PX platforms.
To address concerns raised about the impact that interactive technologies will have on driver distraction, automakers have increased their focus on safety requirements within entertainment platforms. This balance between infotainment and ADAS is one of the principal challenges facing today's automotive ecosystem.
To meet this safety-in-entertainment challenge, NVIDIA has developed complex automotive SoCs capable of driving multiple functions with parallel processing architecture and large computing power.
"Maxim develops the high-performance analogue ecosystem required to drive NVIDIA's supercomputer platform," said Kent Robinett, managing director of automotive sales and marketing at Maxim Integrated. "Our collaboration enables new possibilities for infotainment and ADAS markets within automotive."
Maxim is providing software-compatible, automotive-grade power-management functionality for the NVIDIA visual computing module. Its gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) solutions provide high-speed data transfer between camera inputs and the NVIDIA SoC.
The MAX9286, a quad-channel 1.5Gbps deserialiser in Maxim's GMSL portfolio, is claimed to be the first solution on the market capable of synchronising video streams from four cameras while simultaneously powering each camera over the same coax cable. These 'aggregator' and 'power-over-coax' features are utilised on the NVIDIA DRIVE PX to simplify design for ADAS systems with up to 12 simultaneous camera inputs.