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Wind River rolls automotive in-vehicle infotainment platform

Posted: 23 May 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wind River  ECU  infotainment  GENIVI  data connectivity 

Wind River has incorporated a number of improvements to its Wind River Platform for Infotainment, making it compliant to the GENIVI Compliance 5.0 specification. Additional updates to the platform include availability on new reference hardware and work with ecosystem collaborators to further grow capabilities such as enhanced data connectivity.

By using Platform for Infotainment, customers can quickly build a GENIVI-compliant automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) platform, noted the company. Drawing from decades of automotive expertise and industry leading open source leadership, Wind River can help teams overcome the complexity of creating IVI systems that meet evolving industry needs.

The availability on new reference hardware for the Renesas R-Car H2/M2 and NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoCs for next-generation, high-end IVI and information systems targeting visual computing applications allows manufacturers to target areas such as automotive navigation, IVI and driver assist systems. The additional hardware support joins the platform's existing support for the latest Intel Atom SoCs.

In addition, integration with Tuxera file system solutions ensures fully interoperable data connectivity and plug-and-play interoperability with externally brought-in data storage, and fail-safe design protecting against lost user content during plug-off or a power drop. Also, the platform boasts user interface and graphical development enhancements and Wayland/Weston enablement, Wind River noted.

The company has also developed proof-of-concepts that consolidate digital cluster displays and an IVI system onto a single architecture or electronic control unit (ECU). As automotive systems become more sophisticated, the number of ECUs and their complexity is also rising. The Wind River ECU consolidation proof-of-concept not only demonstrates space and power savings but also reduces complexity by moving integration efforts from hardware to software. This approach creates an opportunity to consolidate more of the software-driven functions onto fewer but more powerful hardware platforms.

The GENIVI-compliant Wind River Platform for Infotainment is an automotive IVI software platform based on the Yocto Project open source development infrastructure. The platform includes reference boards, accompanied by integrated software development and test tools, along with Yocto Project toolchain components. Being Yocto Project-compatible allows for greater cross-platform compatibility and component interoperability, and helps developers use open source for its capability for rapid innovation.

In addition to Platform for Infotainment, the Wind River automotive portfolio also includes expert system integration services, multimedia, and connectivity; technologies such as iOS connectivity, fastboot, audio video bridging (AVB) Android, GENIVI expertise and solutions, Tizen integration services, Security Profile for Wind River Linux, and VxWorks; and tools such as Wind River Diab Compiler, Wind River Simics simulation and virtualisation technologies.

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