Embedded NXP Layerscape processor delivers 2x increase in processing performance over previous
platform to meet new vehicle architecture demands.
S32G processors support ASIL D level functional safety to enable advanced safety architectures.
8x increase in I/O and PCIe ports expands the platform’s connectivity and scalability, adding
acceleration extensions with Kalray’s MPPA® processor-based PCIe cards to support
safe Automotive High-Performance Compute applications.
NXP Announces the BlueBox 3.0 Development Platform for Safe Automotive High-Performance
EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, Jan. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) NXP Semiconductors has announced
BlueBox 3.0, a new and expanded version of NXP’s flagship safe Automotive High-Performance Compute
(AHPC) development platform. Designed for software application development and validation ahead of
silicon device availability, BlueBox 3.0 now offers a flexible way to address user-defined
vehicles, safety Level 2+ (L2+) automated driving, and the evolving vehicle architectures that
will revolutionize connected vehicles. By combining in a centralized compute module, safe
integrated high-performance NXP processors, expanded I/O connectivity and extensions with Kalray’s
MPPA processor-based PCIe cards enabling heterogeneous acceleration; BlueBox 3.0 offers designers
a solution that can accelerate system development cycles and speed time to market.
Carmakers have shifted their focus from the challenges of fully autonomous vehicles to the
immediate practical opportunity to harness compute power for differentiated vehicles. User-defined
vehicles allow consumers to add new functionality for today’s smart connected devices.The NXP
BlueBox 3.0 delivers the rich development foundation to help designers address differentiation,
safe L2+ volume production and the associated vehicle networking architectures.
“The evolution of vehicle architectures towards domain and zonal architectures is being driven by
the need to address more complex requirements around user defined vehicles,” said Arnaud Van Den
Bossche, Director, Global Product Marketing for eCockpit and ADAS, NXP Automotive Processing.
“Zonal architectures will deliver a server-style approach to automotive high-performance compute.
NXP BlueBox 3.0 delivers the design foundation to innovate with these new vehicle networking
architectures, helping to enable faster deployments.”
By leveraging NXP’s 16-core Layerscape
LX2160A processor, BlueBox 3.0
doubles the processing performance from the previous BlueBox generation. This increased
performance, coupled with the expanded I/O interfaces, significantly enhances the intelligence and
connectivity targeted for new vehicle architectures. The processing can accommodate radar, vision
and LiDAR signal paths for advanced sensor fusion applications and provides expansion options for
AI and ML acceleration with the Kalray Coolidge™ MPPA (Massively Parallel
Processor Array) processors that can be targeted for perception, prediction, pathfinding
capabilities and emerging connected services.
NXP’s BlueBox 3.0 platform integrates the
NXP S32G processor to provide
secure vehicle networking and reliable safety processing and checking for system-level ASIL D
conformance. NXP has leveraged its safety heritage to pioneer a safe automotive high-performance
compute initiative that harnesses the joint efforts of a close-knit partner ecosystem for system
designers. BlueBox is the central processing and connectivity hub at the heart of this initiative.
Through their close collaboration NXP and Kalray are delivering a BlueBox 3.0 Software Development
Environment (SDE) that integrates the Kalray MPPA processors. This collaboration enables a common
hardware and software platform for safe, reliable and scalable AHPC solutions. In addition to
Kalray, BlueBox 3.0 is also backed by a strong eco-system of partners that will accelerate
engineers’ ability to ramp up quickly. NXP BlueBox 3.0 partners include: dSPACE, Embotech, Edge
Case Research (ECR), eProsima, Green Hills Software (GHS), Intempora, Micron Technology, MicroSys,
Real-Time Innovations (RTI), and Teraki, to enable engineers to ramp up quickly .
About BlueBox 3.0 Developer Advantages
Flexible and scalable platform allows designers to expand the performance and scope of their
Leverages ample onboard I/O connectivity so designers can easily add or change radar, vision and
LiDAR sensor functionality.
Takes advantage of the integration and support provided within the BlueBox 3.0 SDE and the NXP
eIQ® Auto Machine Learning toolkit for acceleration solutions such as the Kalray Coolidge MPPA to
meet evolving performance requirements.
Smooth, consistent development path from BlueBox 2.0, with scalable processing capacity and
software compatibility enables the creation and evolution of system designs for a multitude of
user-defined applications and vehicles.
Learn all about our
Ecosystem Partners and
NXP CES Live 2021.
BlueBox 3.0 is available for approved customers. All new orders will be reviewed prior to
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