Ansys and Sony Semiconductor Solutions have joined forces to elevate the accuracy of image sensor simulation and camera-based functions for upcoming automotive technologies, such as AV and ADAS. Ansys Speos is now compatible with Sony’s sensor models, facilitating a more efficient development and validation process through enhanced modelling capabilities.
Automotive image sensors must continuously evolve to deliver safer, higher functioning ADAS capabilities. To meet this demand, Ansys developed a novel software interface compatible with Sony’s sensor models, which are based on the internal architecture of image sensors used in camera systems. The interface enables high-fidelity virtual camera testing in various scenarios and contexts, reducing the need for ad-hoc physical camera testing and accelerating verification times.
The users of Sony’s image sensors will now have access to end-to-end automotive-grade simulation fidelity for spectral effects, high dynamic range (HDR), and LED light flicker mitigation. Users can also reproduce image sensor phenomena, such as motion blur and rolling shutter.
“The collaboration between Ansys and Sony will provide an automotive-grade, end-to-end spectral simulation pipeline from lens models to sensor models for the ADAS perception system developers,” said Kenji Onishi, deputy senior general manager, automotive business division, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation. “Sony has prepared a sensor model based on the internal architecture of the image sensors used in camera systems to achieve automotive-grade fidelity.”
Physical prototyping and validation are time consuming, costly, and do not offer the bandwidth that simulation and virtual testing provides. Pairing Ansys simulation with Sony’s sensor models alleviates these challenges through virtual testing. This is particularly beneficial for edge-case scenarios, such as when exiting tunnels.
“The Ansys and Sony technology collaboration facilitates rapid development and verification of camera features for AV and ADAS applications,” said John Lee, vice president and general manager of the electronics, semiconductor, and optics business unit at Ansys. “As a result, the joint workflow yields more robust simulations, greater predictive accuracy, higher-fidelity images, and, ultimately, more reliable AV and ADAS applications.”