Company: Silicon Motion
Category: Embedded Solution Product of the Year
The automotive is evolving. Once a device primarily for mobility, it is becoming a mobile entertainment and productivity space. Eventually, with the introduction of fully autonomous vehicles, the car will become some AI robot.
For new car designs, automotive manufacturers are developing the â€˜Digital Cockpit’, using a highly integrated architecture. All display functions, including the instrument cluster, the media system, navigation and connectivity, are controlled by a single, very high-performance processor. In this architecture, data has to flow at a much higher rate into and out of the single processor than in the previous multi-processor architecture. And the performance provided by the eMMC interface is not adequate to the demands that this single-processor architecture imposes on it. Automotive manufacturers are therefore looking beyond eMMC to the next generation of data storage interface. Ferri-UFS™ product offers easy replacement for eMMC storage devices.
The higher data throughput supported by the UFS interface specification compared to eMMC v5.0 or v5.1 provides performance at the product level, which is superior by a factor of more than three UFS-based storage supports concurrent Read and Write operations, improving multi-tasking support and providing the end-user with lag-free switching from one application to another. Very high sequential Read speeds provide a smooth, glitch-free experience of applications such as High Definition video streaming. A maximum random IOPS rating of 50,000 means that users enjoy the sensation of instant response from even the most compute-intensive applications. As a result, many automotive manufacturers are now considering the migration of design platforms from eMMC-based storage devices to UFS storage.
Automotive users of the Ferri-eMMC™ series from Silicon Motion, for instance, can migrate to the Ferri-UFS™ series and benefit from a simple and quick design integration process.
With SiliconMotion’s Ferri-UFS (SM671) series of products to provide a solution that meets the highest quality and reliability demands while offering the high performance needed to operate effectively in new single-processor architectures deployed in the digital cockpit. Benefiting additionally from superior data integrity features such as an LDPC ECC engine and from the NAND Flash know-how of the world’s leading merchant supplier of SSD/eMMC/UFS controller solutions as well as a robust, redundant supply chain, the Ferri-UFS product line provides a secure way to implement high-performance UFS data storage technology in IVI systems and other compute-intensive applications in the vehicle of tomorrow.