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Macronix automotive-grade flash memory secure data Storage in NVIDIA DRIVE AGX autonomous driving

NVIDIA Corporation is using Macronix International Co., Ltd.’s ArmorFlash memory on its NVIDIA DRIVE AGX self-driving compute platforms: DRIVE AGX Xavier and DRIVE AGX Pegasus. ArmorFlash provides non-volatile memory (NVM) storage of encrypted and integrity-protected assets for for artificial intelligence (AI)-based Level 2+ advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) through Level 5 autonomous driving solutions.

NVIDIA's selection of ArmorFlash represents the companies' efforts to enhance data security in autonomous automotive-electronics applications. The ArmorFlash memory supports secure communication channel and protocol with the NVIDIA Xavier system-on-a-chip (SOC) via cryptographic operations, integrity checks, and additional measures against certain security protocol attacks.



"Our efforts in conjunction with NVIDIA are singularly focused on elevating the security of data in AI-based autonomous driving applications and ultimately, to enhance the safety of drivers," says Anthony Le, vice president of marketing of Macronix America. "NVIDIA's selection of Macronix ArmorFlash for the DRIVE AGX Xavier and Pegasus platforms is a significant achievement toward that goal."


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"The ArmorFlash memory solution on the DRIVE AGX Xavier and Pegasus platforms can provide trusted identification, authentication and encryption features for customers' Levels 2+ through 5 autonomous driving security requirements," says Gary Hicok, senior vice president of hardware development at NVIDIA. "This will help provide the building blocks for customers to create higher levels of safety in the next generation of connected and automated vehicles."



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ArmorFlash offers a combination of mature security technologies, including unique ID, authentication and encryption features. This rich blend of features enables superior levels of security in a high-density memory device to prevent data from being compromised.

The global ADAS market is expected to exceed US$67 billion by 2025, fueled by a compounded annual growth rate of 19 percent, according Grand View Research, Inc. The research company attributes the growth to increasing government initiatives mandating driver assistance system to lower road accidents and cites expanding adoption of ADAS in small cars as a factor boosting market demand.


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William Kucinski is content editor at SAE International, Aerospace Products Group in Warrendale, Pa. Previously, he worked as a writer at the NASA Safety Center in Cleveland, Ohio and was responsible for writing the agency’s System Failure Case Studies. His interests include literally anything that has to do with space, past and present military aircraft, and propulsion technology.