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IBM joins Autosar automotive standards consortium

Posted: 24 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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IBM Corp. has joined the Automotive Open Systems Architecture (Autosar) consortium, the company said Friday (Nov. 19).

Founded in 2002, Autosar was formally launched in July 2003 around the major automobile makers as a means of encouraging open electronic systems and interoperable subsystems. The Core members include, BMW, Bosch, Continental, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, PSA Peugot Citroen, Siemens VDO, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Leading semiconductor makers including Infineon Technology AG, NEC and Renesas Technology Corp. are among those in the second class of membership, known as premium members.

IBM would also join Autosar as a second-tier Premium Member, the company said. In that capacity, IBM will both participate in and act as a leader for select working groups. By 2015, embedded systems are expected to account for 60 percent of automotive research and development costs, IBM said.

"With a world that grows increasingly dependent on the functions supplied by embedded software, it's a fact that embedded software development and management is immature as compared to other engineering disciplines," said Janette Beauchamp, general manager, IBM Global Automotive Industry, in a statement. "In joining AUTOSAR, we see significant opportunity to share our thought leadership, experience, processes and frameworks to address the growing complexity in embedded and distributed computing systems in vehicles with some of the finest players in the automotive, electronics and software industries - and do so in an environment that so strongly supports open standards around the world."

- Peter Clarke

Silicon Strategies

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