MobilEye License ARM Technology For On-board Driving Assistance Technologies

13 January 2004

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL AND CAMBRIDGE, UK – Jan. 13, 2004 – MobilEye, Ltd., a leading developer of vision-based-intelligent transportation systems designed to enhance driver comfort, and ARM [(LSE:ARM); (Nasdaq:ARMHY)], the industry’s leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor technology, today announced that MobilEye has licensed the ARM946E-S™ microprocessor core.  The ARM® technology will be integral to MobilEye’s creation of customized system-on-chip (SoC) designs for real-time visual recognition and scene interpretation technologies.

The ARM946E-S microprocessor core will power MobilEye SoCs designed for pattern recognition, image processing, optic flow, ego motion, vision range estimation and visibility condition applications.  The core’s high level of performance enables computationally intensive applications, while its small chip area and low power requirements make it ideal for the embedded automotive market addressed by MobilEye. First silicon of the SoC is scheduled for January 2004 with samples to be distributed to customers by March 2004.

“The ARM946E-S core is particularly well suited for innovative automotive technologies such as those being created by MobilEye,” said Wayne Lyons, automotive segment manager, ARM.  “The technology will facilitate the development of power efficient, single chip solutions that meet the performance needs of MobilEye’s customers in the automotive industry and contribute to ARM’s growing presence in this market sector.”

As part of the agreement, MobilEye has also licensed the ARM Embedded Trace Macrocell™ (ETM9) solution for advanced SoC debug.  The Embedded Trace Macrocell solution will enable MobilEye to quickly and cost-effectively debug its ARM946E-S core-based solutions.

“The ARM industry leading microprocessor technology will enable MobilEye to meet the needs of our customers with cost-effective, low-power solutions that do not sacrifice performance,” said Ziv Aviram, president and CEO, MobilEye.  “The ability to decrease the time-to-market of our solutions with developer tools such as the ARM Embedded Trace Macrocell module was also a key feature in our selection of ARM as a technology partner.”

The MobilEye EyeQTM System-on-Chip (SoC) offers a solution for computationally intensive real-time visual recognition and scene interpretation. The chip architecture is designed to maximize cost performance by performing a full-fledged image application, such as a low-cost Adaptive Cruise Control using a single video source, on a single ultra low cost chip. The system detects vehicles, motorcycle, pedestrians and road markings to provide an intelligent driver assistance system.

The EyeQ SoC is completely programmable, equipped with two ARM946E-S cores and four Vision Computing Engines (VCE), to accommodate a wide range of visual processing applications beyond automotive applications. In order to maximize total system cost performance, all peripheral circuits are integrated into the EyeQ SoC, including 8 channels DMA, five Timers dual CAN interfaces, UART, I2C  controller, SDRAM controller, parallel I/O and two video interface units.

The EyeQ SoC will be manufactured using the TSMC CMOS 0.18-micron technology and will run at a 140Mhz clock rate. The product will be designed to comply with cabin-grade automotive qualification.

The complete vision system for driver assistance applications will consist of an EyeQ SoC processing unit, one or two   CMOS Image Sensor and one SDRAM unit. The system is compact enough to fit into a side mirror, while providing the computing power for real time processing of the most complex driver assistance applications.

About MobilEye Vision Technologies Ltd

MobilEye was incorporated in May 1999, for the purpose of developing and marketing advanced products in the surging market of automated on-board driver assistant systems.  MobilEye has developed a number of proprietary image understanding algorithms, and electronics, using computer vision technology for processing image sequences from a single camera input source. The processing includes a number of key functionalities such as vehicle detection, lane finding, road curvature preview, vehicle self-motion, pedestrian detection as well as interior cameras technology for passenger and driver out-of-position detection for smart airbag deployment.

These algorithms provide a complete solution for a wide variety of in-car driver advocate applications including ACC, ACC Stop & Go, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assistance, Collision Mitigation and Warning and Passenger/Driver out-of-position either using a camera source alone or combined with radar systems.

The company has developed a system-on-a-chip called EyeQ that offers a highly integrated single chip platform with an architecture design suited for a wide range of applications. EyeQ will first be released to customers on January 2004 and will be ready for serial production starting from April 2005.  More information about MobilEye is available at http://www.mobileye.com/

About ARM

ARM is the industry’s leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions. The company licenses its high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals, and system-on-chip designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM’s microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming a volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com/ .


ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. ARM946E-S and Embedded Trace Macrocell are trademarks of ARM Limited.  “ARM” is used to represent ARM Holdings plc (LSE: ARM and Nasdaq: ARMHY); its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co.Ltd.; and ARM Belgium N.V.


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