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Partnership to oversee dev't of secure automotive platform

Posted: 23 Jan 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Link Motion  MTA  infotainment system  automotive  BMW 

Finland-based Link Motion, which specialises in automotive platforms, has entered a strategic cooperation with MTA SpA (Codogno, Italy), a hardware and manufacturing company, to develop a secure yet cost-effective in-vehicle infotainment system.

Today's vehicles feature a confusing multitude of electronic control units, each one for a specific purpose. The connected car approach as well as further expansion in functionality justify the expectation that the number of functions to be implemented and thus the complexity of the electronic viscera of the cars will continue to rise. Some OEMs, notably BMW, already ponder architectures that combine multiple functionalities within one computer, or "domain controller" as BMW has baptised these devices. In such cases, the operational safety needs to be ensured by means of software, one of the more substantial challenges automotive electronics is presently facing. The platform under development from Link Motion could show how such a platform could look like.

Link Motion and MTA enter strategic cooperation

Link Motion and MTA entered a strategic cooperation to create a secure yet cost-effective in-vehicle infotainment system.

During an industry meeting past December in Paderborn, Germany, Link Motion introduced its approach that provides a layered architecture to address safety issues. Targeting a fusion of the infotainment and instrument cluster, the platform also handles connectivity, and as such it also has to deal with the security threads arising from this capability. The lynchpin of the system is, in terms of security, the TrustZone in ARMs processor architecture, combined with virtualisation to separate the different operational environments.

Besides head unit and instrument cluster, the platform supports head-up displays, rear-view cameras and the CANopen protocol. It also offers connectivity through cellular, WiFi and Bluetooth connections as well as location services using GPS and Baidu.

Link Motion has also formed out of a strategic alliance of several European and Asian software and hardware companies committed to the automotive industry.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
  EE Times Europe

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