Mentor Automotive Technology Platform Release Supports IVI SoCs

January 15, 2014  by  

 

Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the latest release of its Mentor Embedded Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) for Linux based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system development. 

The new ATP release has achieved GENIVI 5.0 compliance for the Freescale i.MX6, Texas Instruments OMAP5 and Renesas Marzen H1, and is fully Yocto Project 1.5 compliant.

 “The latest ATP release supports leading IVI SoCs and adds unique instrumentation and profiling from the kernel to graphics layers,” said Glenn Perry, general manager of the Embedded Software Division of Mentor Graphics, “Our experience working with Tier One suppliers drove us to simplify profiling of Linux based IVI systems and the identification of bottlenecks by developing instrumentation in the kernel and graphics layers.”

New graphics development and optimization functionality in the GENIVI 5.0-compliant release can speed the development of rich and responsive human machine interfaces (HMIs) similar to those seen in consumer electronics devices.

In addition, by combining ATP with the recently announced Mentor® Embedded Hypervisor automotive OEMs can integrate greater functionality, such as device connectivity, on emerging infotainment hardware system-on-chip (SoC) architectures while maintaining secure separation for critical functionality.

Profiling Embedded IVI

The latest ATP release is a fully instrumented platform enabling the use of the Mentor Embedded Sourcery™ Analyzer to profile the entire embedded IVI system, including use cases such as fast boot and graphics performance.

The release includes graphics framework support for X11 and Wayland, GPU support and an instrumented package for QT 5.0 that includes the visual and interactive analysis of UI smoothness, start-up time, latency and QML activity.

“The multicore and graphics processing capabilities of the Texas Instruments OMAP 5 and upcoming Jacinto 6 platforms are designed to deliver the performance and rich graphics demanded of next generation infotainment systems”  stated Matt Watson, general manager of Audio and Infotainment at Texas Instruments. “The Automotive Technology Platform provides a robust GENIVI-compliant solution for automotive tier one suppliers and OEMs and includes innovate instrumentation and analysis to make the most effective use of the OMAP 5 platform.”

Virtual BSP

The release also provides a Virtual BSP for host-based development and testing. Mentor will continue to track standards such as GENIVI and the Yocto Project and add support for emerging multicore and heterogeneous hardware including the Texas Instruments Jacinto 6.

For more information on the Mentor Embedded Automotive Technology platform visit http://www.mentor.com/atp

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