DesignCore™ DMS Kit features FotoNation algorithms, TI automotive processors in production-intent design

Editor Contact: Jerome Barczykowski, Autonomous Systems Product Manager, D3 Engineering
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Rochester, NY – May 14, 2018 – D3 Engineering today announced its DesignCore™ Driver Monitoring System (DMS) Development Kit. The production-intent kit features industry-leading algorithms from FotoNation, running on D3’s proven DesignCore™ rugged vision platform with a Texas Instruments TDA3x advanced vision processor, and two D3 camera modules with 2MP sensors.

FotoNation will demonstrate the DesignCore™ DMS kit at AutoSensin Detroit, MI May 14-17, 2018 and TU Automotive Detroit 2018 in Novi, MI June 6-7, 2018.

The DesignCore DMS kit is a fully-contained DMS solution with both hardware and algorithms. Easy to set up and use, it enables true evaluation of DMS technology—and provides a clear path to production for both integrated-dashboard and after-market DMS solutions.

The DesignCore DMS Kit supports automotive use cases for Level 2 and Level 3 autonomous vehicles, ensuring that the driver is ready to take over at any time. It also supports additional use cases such as operator authentication and drowsiness detection, which are advantages for both automotive and industrial autonomous systems.

FotoNation algorithms—including eye gaze tracking, face detection, head position tracking, and 3D facial feature detection—enable state-of-the-art attentiveness assessment and fatigue detection. The kit is biometrics-ready with both face and iris recognition, enabling in-cabin security and customization based on driver identity.

“We are pleased to partner with FotoNation, a clear leader with a strong history in algorithm development for biometrics and facial detection and tracking,” said Jerome Barczykowski, product manager for autonomous systems at D3 Engineering. “FotoNation’s Deep Learning based technology performs with great accuracy. The continually expanding database allows for a robust embedded driver monitoring and driver identification solution with our DesignCore platforms.”

The D3 DesignCore™ RVP-TDA3x electronics control unit (ECU) integrates a TDA3x advanced vision processor from Texas Instruments into a production-intent design. The TDA3x SoC processor is a cost-effective and powerful solution for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), with the optimal mix of performance, low power and vision analytics for entry- to mid- segment automobiles to meet or exceed NCAP requirements.

Two D3CM camera modules enable driver monitoring and iris tracking. The cameras feature a 2MP sensor and IR illumination for operation in all lighting conditions, as well as an RGB LED for user feedback during system development.

“We are excited to work with D3 Engineering on a development platform for our DMS solution,” said Pradeep Bardia, senior director, business development – DMS at Xperi, parent company of FotoNation. “This new development kit will allow our customers the opportunity to develop against our system and the ability to deliver a product quicker to market.”

Engineers developing automotive or industrial systems can use the kit to quickly evaluate and demonstrate the technology in the lab or in a vehicle. D3 Engineering supports rapid development of industrial engineering verification test (EVT) units or automotive A-Samples based on this production-intent design. D3 also provides full system development services to help companies take DMS products to market faster, with less risk.

Price and Availability

The D3 DesignCore™ Driver Monitoring System (DMS) Development Kit is $8,000. It is available now at

The FotoNation DMS + Iris Tracking Application Library with evaluation licensing is included in purchase of the kit. This software is delivered separately by FotoNation, under agreed licensing with FotoNation.

Download the data sheet for more information.

About FotoNation

FotoNation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xperi Corporation (Nasdaq: XPER), is a global leader in providing computational imaging, computer vision and facial analytics solutions. Its technologies have enhanced the digital imaging capabilities in more than 3.3 billion devices. FotoNation offers scalable software and hardware solutions in a flexible architecture to ensure its customers can build intelligent imaging capabilities into their devices. These capabilities enable devices to combine low-power, high performance and state-of-the-art functionality that deliver outstanding user experiences. For more information, please visit and

About D3 Engineering

D3 Engineering provides embedded electronic design services for original equipment manufacturers in commercial, industrial, transportation, infrastructure, medical, and defense industries. Its DesignCore™ platforms and proven stage-gate development processes help D3’s OEM partners to minimize the cost, schedule and technical risks of their new product development. D3 specializes in autonomous systems, embedded vision, connected automation, motor control, and digital power solutions for performance-critical applications. Systems development services include hardware and firmware design, validation testing, transition to production, and OEM/ODM products.

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