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Uses, Limits And Questions For FPGAs In Autos

By Ann Steffora-Mutschler, Semiconductor Engineering

Programmable logic in automotive applications is essential, given the parade of almost constant updates and shifts in direction, but exactly where the technology will be used has become a moving target.

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And this is where FPGAs begin to look attractive. “Autonomous vehicles rely a great deal on machine learning, and every new vehicle in every new situation may contribute to the shared knowledge base,” said Tobias Welp, product manager at OneSpin Solutions. “FPGAs offer flexibility for many applications because both the hardware and the software can be reprogrammed. Reprogramming FPGAs when knowledge or algorithms are enhanced has the potential to keep autonomous driving in a state of continuous improvement.”


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