NXP’s automotive solutions
In the previous part of this series, we saw that NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) is developing software and hardware solutions that could prove instrumental in self-driving cars. The company’s sensors and signal processing system would enable the car to sense, think, and act. NXP Semiconductors’s proposed merger with Qualcomm (QCOM) would also add deep learning capabilities into NXP’s solutions.
However, automotive semiconductors do not work in isolation. They need to be connected with the automaker’s systems, cloud, and other vehicles running on the road. To bring its semiconductors into implementation, NXP Semiconductors has partnered with several industry players in the automotive supply chain.
NXP and Geely partnership
NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) has extended its partnership with Geely Automotive Group to jointly conduct research and development for the latter’s self-driving initiative. Geely acquired the Volvo Car brand from Ford (F) in 2010.
Geely aims to produce 2 million cars annually by 2020, with a majority of cars targeted at high-end markets. This would serve well NXP Semiconductors well, as it would become Geely’s exclusive development partner.
NXP and Microsoft partnership
NXP has partnered with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver an end-to-end advanced security solution for IoT (Internet of Things) using Microsoft Azure IoT Hub. This would combine NXP’s hardware IoT solutions such as BlueBox for autonomous cars and the smart home Modular IoT Gateway with Microsoft’s secure cloud services and self-learning algorithms.
This partnership would support autonomous driving. NXP’s BlueBox onboard sensor fusion platform would transfer vehicle and sensor data to Microsoft Azure for secure offboard post-processing. In the future, Azure would process traffic and vehicle data received from Bluebox, with data received from other cars using its self-learning algorithms. In turn, this process would help Bluebox deliver scalable, convenient smart traffic services.
NXP-led smart mobility consortium in Singapore
NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Nanyang Technological University are leading a Singapore (EWS) consortium that aims to develop and test smart mobility technologies such as smart traffic systems, automated video analysis, and environmental sensors. The objective is to improve overall vehicle safety.
The consortium aims to tap a global wireless communication standard for V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communications. The consortium uses technologies offered by NXP and 12 other partners to develop a secure V2X ecosystem.
At the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2017, NXP Semiconductors showcased the new Rinspeed Oasis self-driving electric vehicle that features several of its technologies. Oasis features NXP’s radar “cocooning,” V2X communications, automotive NFC (near-field communication), BlueBox Sensor Fusion, and long-range RFID (radio frequency identification).
Next, we’ll look at NXP’s efforts in the IoT space.