Xilinx and ZF Friedrichshafen AG jointly announced a new strategic partnership, and Xilinx will accelerate the launch of autonomous driving applications by supporting ZF’s highly advanced artificial intelligence (AI) automotive control unit ZF ProAI.

ZF is using the Xilinx Zynq® UltraScale+TMMPSoC platform to handle real-time data aggregation, pre-processing and distribution, while also providing computational acceleration for AI processing of its new AI electronic control unit. ZF chose this flexible, highly intelligent platform because it provides the ZF ProAI platform with the necessary processing power, scalability and flexibility to be tailored to each customer’s unique needs.

Yousef Khalilollahi, vice president of core vertical markets at Xilinx, said: “We are proud to be able to work with ZF on the ProAI platform to help solve the challenges associated with driverless vehicle development. By providing a flexible hardware platform, ZF can Designing a flexible and scalable system that seamlessly integrates AI computing acceleration with functional safety (FuSa) with a diverse processing engine. We look forward to further expanding our collaboration with ZF to take autonomous driving and AI innovation to a new level .”

For more than 13 years, Xilinx has been supplying chips to automakers and Tier 1 automotive suppliers. Today, Xilinx has more than 160 million devices widely used in automotive systems, of which approximately 55 million are ADAS chips.