January 4, 2022

Mobileye EyeQ Ultra400x275Intel’s Mobileye division has announced the EyeQ Ultra, a system-on-chip (SoC) designed for autonomous driving applications. Unveiled during CES 2022, the EyeQ Ultra maximizes effectiveness and efficiency at only 176 TOPS, which the company said makes it the industry’s leanest autonomous vehicle (AV) chip. The first silicon for the EyeQ Ultra SoC is expected at the end of 2023, with full automotive-grade production in 2025.

“Consumer AV is the end game for the industry,” said Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of Mobileye. “By developing the entire self-driving solution – from hardware and software to mapping and service models – Mobileye has a unique perspective into the exact requirements for the self-driving system that enables us to reach the performance-and-cost optimization that will make consumer AVs a reality.”

Mobileye said it designed the EyeQ Ultra after having first built an AV to understand exactly what a self-driving vehicle needs to operate at a very high meantime between failures. This approach allowed the company to find an optimum balance of performance across different accelerators and general-purpose processors in an extremely efficient power-performance envelope.

The EyeQ Ultra puts the performance of 10 EyeQ5s into a single package. The system can handle all the needs and applications of Level 4 autonomous driving without the power consumption and costs related to integrating multiple SoCs together. In addition, the EyeQ Ultra uses an array of four classes of proprietary accelerators, each built for a specific tasks. These are paired with additional CPU cores, ISPs and GPUs in a solution capable of processing input from two sensing subsystems – one camera-only system, and the other radar and lidar combined – as well as the vehicle’s central computing system, a high-definition map and driving policy software. At its 176 TOPS, the EyeQ Ultra is more efficient than other AV solutions, the company said.

The company also announced two new EyeQ SoCs for advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) – the EyeQ6L and EyeQ6H – which also follows the shipment of the company’s 100 millionth EyeQ SoC late last year.

More details on the new system are available at this Intel/Mobileye website.