Toshiba Announces World's First Image Recognition LSI for Intelligent Vehicle System|
6 February, 2001
Tokyo--Toshiba today announced the world's first image recognition LSI integrating a configurable media-processor. A version of the new LSI, customized for an intelligent vehicle system, was reported today at the International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco.
Toshiba's new LSI realizes the new concept of a configurable media processor that enables optimization for a specific application by means of design-time configuration. Synthesizable RTL components are provided with the processor's template architecture, which can incorporate common components used in multiple applications and custom components for specific target applications. This versatility promises to introduce a high level of cost-performance into embedded solutions.
The application reported at ISSCC adopts advanced image recognition technology that isolates dynamic movement against its background. The application system is able to transact seventeen or eighteen real-time image frames a second, the level required to detect passing vehicles.
In practical terms, the new LSI monitors traffic in the outside lane when the vehicle in which it is installed is in motion.
Mounted in a system board at the back of the vehicle,
it tracks the approach of other vehicles up to the point where they draw alongside, including blind spots along the way.
If the driver of the car with the LSI does something like switch lanes when a car is approaching at high speed,
the standard visual image of the road is joined by a warning alarm.
Toshiba expects to commercialize a monitoring system incorporating the new LSI within 2002.
The cope of intelligent traffic systems (ITS) is widening from electronic toll-collection systems to cover overall driving safety, a move that has seen the commercialization of rear monitoring systems for installation in vehicles. However, current systems require a number of standard processors and offer a poor level of cost performance.
Toshiba has sought enhanced cost performance through advanced image recognition and customizable processor technologies, and their application to monitoring the road behind and beside the vehicle on which they are installed. The company also hopes that such advances in reliability will stimulate the market for ITS and contribute to a safer driving environment.
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