NXP Semiconductors N.V. and Green Hills Software announced a strategic partnership focused on production-grade advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) and autonomous driving applications. The partnership, and the addition of Green Hills’ INTEGRITY real-time operating system (RTOS), expands the ecosystem surrounding NXP’s S32 portfolio for ADAS and central compute systems. Together, the companies say they aim to deliver high-volume, production-grade electronic control units (ECUs) that foster the development and testing of life-critical autonomous applications.

NXP's S32 family is designed to address the performance, safety, and near-term commercial needs of Levels 2 and 3 driving, while providing an eye to longer-term release in Level 4 and 5 autonomous vehicles.

Green Hills' INTEGRITY RTOS technology is the centerpiece of its software platform for safe autonomous driving.

The companies say that the first demonstration of their collaboration shows how life-critical path planning and vehicle control software can run in safe and secure INTEGRITY RTOS partitions on the NXP BlueBox embedded autonomous driving platform.

The BlueBox Autonomous Racer will be demonstrated at Embedded World 2019 by NXP in Hall 4A, Booth 220 and by Green Hills in Hall 4, Booth 325.

NXP also announced at Embedded World 2019 a vehicle network processing chipset solution for high-performance service-oriented gateways, which the company says enables automakers to unlock the value of connected vehicle data and offer new services. The MPC-LS chipset solution combines the NXP automotive MPC5748G microcontroller and enterprise networking LS1043A communications processor to offer the performance and networking required for service-oriented gateways. For development, evaluation, and demonstrations, the chipset solution is supported by an evaluation board, enablement software, and a growing ecosystem.

Key features of the MPC-LS chipset solution include high-performance quad-core, 64-bit Arm processors for services and edge analytics; 10 Gigabit and 5 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces for high-bandwidth networking; Ethernet packet acceleration; real-time processing of vehicle data from CAN FD, LIN, and FlexRay networks; and hardware security for trusted boot, cryptography, and secure key management.

“The powerful combination of automotive and enterprise network processing technology provided by the MPC-LS chipset for development of vehicle gateways can enable a new era of vehicle services and edge processing,” said Jake Alamat, Vice President of Automotive Connectivity and Security at NXP. “The value of the solution has been well-received by automakers and is scheduled to be deployed in volume vehicle production starting in 2020.”

The automotive-qualified MPC-LS vehicle network processing chipset, comprised of the MPC5748G microcontroller and LS1043A communications processor, is available today.

An evaluation board (MPC-LS-VNP-EVB), with enablement software support for bare metal, and AUTOSAR and Linux operating systems to support development, evaluation, and demonstrations, is available in limited quantities.

More information is available at www.nxp.com/VNP.