Last month, Audi unveiled a prototype car that completed a 550 mile piloted drive from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas (video from Audi and more info). This concept car used a MIPS-based Mobileye EyeQ3 processor to detect lane markings and abrupt changes in speed or prevent potential collisions with incoming vehicles. Other Mobileye customers include BMW, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, Peugeot, Citroen, Renault, Volvo and Tesla.
Today we are talking about a new MIPS-based chip from Mobileye called EyeQ4 (the successor of the processor mentioned above). This next-generation chip delivers the processing power of a super-computer (more than 2.5 TFLOPS) while consuming only 3 watts of power; to put this in perspective, a typical mobile processor for a tablet consumes about 4-5 watts.
In addition, EyeQ4 supports up to eight cameras simultaneously and process streams at above 30 frames per second, creating a safety cocoon around the vehicle – essential for autonomous driving.
The internal architecture of the EyeQ4 chip is based on a combination of high-performance MIPS CPUs from Imagination and several specialized processors that take care of ADAS-related functions such as tracking, lane markings detection, road geometry detection, etc.
Mobileye has already secured a design win for EyeQ4 with a global premium European car manufacturer, with production scheduled to start in early 2018.