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Intel Atom processors gain graphics, virtualisation support

Posted: 08 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Green Hills Software? Intel Atom? RTOS? virtualisation? ADAS?

Green Hills Software has rolled out its INTEGRITY real-time operating system (RTOS) and INTEGRITY Multivisor virtualisation support for the Intel Atom processor E3800 product family. The safety-certified INTEGRITY RTOS with its optional hardware accelerated 3D graphics support for the Intel Atom processor E3800 is geared for automotive applications that include reconfigurable digital instrument clusters, heads-up displays (HUD) and advanced driver assist solutions (ADAS) to provide what the company says as the ideal combination of exceptional graphics performance from the processor E3800's Gen 7 Intel graphics architecture and incomparable automotive grade safety.

Green Hills Software's INTEGRITY Multivisor takes advantage of the hardware virtualisation capabilities available on Intel Atom to enable the world's highest performing multi-domain infotainment and safety-critical execution environment for next-generation automotive designs. Shipping since 2003, INTEGRITY Multivisor claims to be the only virtualisation solution built upon safety-certified separation kernel technology that provides highly assured isolation between cluster, ADAS, rear-view camera, and other safety-critical automotive subsystems while simultaneously and safely hosting infotainment operating systems such as Linux and Android, on a single multicore Intel Atom processor.

Developed by Green Hills Software under contract with Intel, the INTEGRITY solution for products based on the Intel In-Vehicle Solutions platform leverages the INTEGRITY RTOS' leadership position as the dominant in-vehicle real-time kernel for instrument cluster and ADAS systems, and adds the capability to consolidate infotainment and app-store environments for reduced total system footprint and cost, noted the company. This next-generation automotive architecture also enables OEMs and Tier 1s to reduce design/integration complexity and time-to-market while delivering the core foundation for the software-defined vehicle cockpit, the company added.

Green Hills Software's solution for Intel In-Vehicle Solutions features hardware-accelerated 3D graphics running natively on the INTEGRITY real-time operating system; integration with industry-leading graphical user interface design tools; concurrent sharing of the hardware accelerated 3D graphics between infotainment guest operating systems and safety-critical graphics workloads running on INTEGRITY; optimised, mature hypervisor support for Intel Virtualisation Technology (Intel VT), including hosting of Linux guest operating systems on Intel In-Vehicle Solutions software platform; Green Hills Software's FIPS 140-2 and NSA Suite B cryptographic library optimised for Intel Architecture; and multicore SMP support, both INTEGRITY and guest operating systems.

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