New applications processors to fit eCockpit strategy
OpenSynergy’s next release of COQOS Hypervisor SDK will support NXP i.MX 8 and 8X applications processors. CEO Stefaan Sonck Thiebaut said, “The i.MX 8 and i.MX 8X applications processors fit very well to our eCockpit development strategy.” This includes, for example, OpenSynergy’s virtualization technology for use in an instrument cluster based on Linux and including safety features.
NXP’s i.MX 8 series of applications processors is a feature and performance scalable multicore platform that includes single-, dual-, and quad-core families based on 64-bit Arm Cortex architecture. It includes combined Cortex-A72 + Cortex-A53, Cortex-A35, and Cortex-M4 based solutions for advanced graphics, imaging, machine vision, audio, voice, video, and safety-critical applications. One of the target applications is the fully digitized, electronic cockpit (eCockpit) for the car, containing an instrument cluster, head unit, head-up display (HUD), and rear seat entertainment.
OpenSynergy’s COQOS Hypervisor SDK is designed to meet the requirements of demanding automotive applications. It supports the hosting of multi-purpose operating systems such as Linux or Android and real-time operating systems (e.g., AUTOSAR), both of them running on a single system-on-chip (SoC). It also provides freedom from interference and controlled communication between guest operation systems.
Running on the i.MX 8 applications processor, COQOS Hypervisor SDK takes advantage of the hardware-based virtualization, system MMU, and two GPUs that enable device-customers to develop and upgrade their automotive product with faster time-to-market and lower cost.
Customers can, for example, integrate the software of an instrument cluster into a Linux guest and an IVI-System into an Android guest on COQOS Hypervisor SDK running on i.MX 8. Some elements of the instrument cluster are safety-critical and require qualification up to ASIL-B. Therefore, COQOS Hypervisor SDK would take advantage of the CRC–checking feature that is part of the i.MX 8. The CRC-checking feature supports safety realization for safety-critical features. In the case of any software failure, running on the instrument cluster, the guard mechanism would activate near-immediate recovery of the instrument cluster. By separating the instrument cluster software and the guard mechanism, this safety feature is protected from interference.
The next generation of COQOS Hypervisor SDK will also support the i.MX 8X product family. Extending the scalable range of the i.MX 8 series, the i.MX 8X family comprises common subsystems and architecture from the higher-end i.MX 8 family. OpenSynergy will use this hardware to support customers developing connectivity and telematics solutions by providing customized virtualization software based on COQOS Hypervisor SDK.