LDRA announced its ability to provide cost-effective verification of multicore systems to safety-critical standards.
The company also said it has improved the ability of its LDRA tool suite to meet the increasing number of highly constrained, minimal-footprint architectures used in today’s safety-critical and security-critical applications.
The need for greater processing power with reduced power consumption is driving developers of safety-critical applications toward multicore systems. Verification of such systems for rigorous safety-critical certifications such as DO-178C poses specific challenges. When multiple processes run on different cores, collecting structural coverage data and creating and executing tests efficiently can be hampered by concurrency, reliability, and robustness roadblocks.
CogniVue Corporation announced the first in a series of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) vision based demonstration applications – Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – for its second generation of APEX™ Image Cognition Processor cores (G2 APEX ICP).
CogniVue said its APEX ICP core technology provides a better than 100x processing advantage versus conventional processing architectures for embedded vision applications.
CogniVue has had early success in automotive, starting with the introduction of a range of ADAS application demonstrations (LDW, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection) on APEX core on Freescale® Semiconductor’s SCP220x image cognition processors along with the a smart backup camera application (RearVue) with patent pending object detection and distance estimation.
This article describes the concept of virtual hardware “in-the-loop” (vHIL). The goal of vHIL is to frontload the testing process by enabling software teams to create and run their software tests before the actual ECU hardware is available. Higher quality tests, higher quality software and a more streamlined “in-the-loop” flow is the intended outcome of this solution.
Besides describing how vHIL fits in the general Model-In-the-Loop (MIL) – Software-In-the-Loop (SIL) – Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) process, this article describes in some detail how a virtual prototype model created with Synopsys Virtualizer can be integrated with a MathWorks Simulink plant model. This integration is fundamental for enabling a vHIL solution.
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.”
Frost & Sullivan suggests that Ethernet could serve as the backbone to the electronic architecture connecting domains and sub networks that require higher bandwidth and also cater to consumers’ need for connectivity.
300 million ports by 2020
The research firm estimates that the total number of Ethernet ports globally will reach 300 million by 2020. The number of nodes or ports is expected to range from more than 100 in luxury cars, 50–60 in mass market segment cars, and less than 10 nodes in entry level cars by 2020.
The newest version of the dSPACE ECU Interface Manager is said to simplify the workflow for integrating bypass service calls.
Users can visualize all the functions available for bypassing at a glance in the new function configuration view, and can integrate bypass service calls in hex code without needing to know the ECU software structure. Various filters and selection options allow actions such as configuring several functions at once.
Designed to help customers build ISO 26262-compliant digital instrument clusters and ADAS systems
At Telematics Detroit 2013, QNX Software Systems Limited is announcing its new QNX Automotive Safety Program for ISO 26262.
Designed to help accelerate the development of digital instrument clusters, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), heads-up displays, and other products with functional safety requirements, the new program enables automotive companies to leverage QNX Software Systems’ proven competency in certifications, safety-critical systems, and automotive software design.
Opens ecosystem of mobile developers creating Android, HTML5, OpenGL ES, and Qt apps
At Telematics Detroit 2013 QNX Software Systems Limited is demonstrating a new version of its QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment that will enable developers of car infotainment systems to leverage a broader range of mobile apps and content.
The QNX CAR Platform already supports both HTML5 and OpenGL® ES, the two most popular open standards for mobile app development. With the new version, 2.1, the platform extends its reach to support Android apps, as well as apps and human machine interfaces (HMIs) built with the popular Qt® 5 application framework.
Total market worth $3.02B
Benefiting from its leadership position in AM/FM tuner and audio processing chips, NXP Semiconductors NV in 2012 retained its rank as the world’s top supplier of application-specific standard product (ASSP) semiconductors for the automotive infotainment market.
NXP last year posted automotive infotainment ASSP revenue of $459 million, giving it a market share of 15 percent, according to insights from a forthcoming report from the IHS Automotive and Telematics Service from information and analytics provider IHS. The company’s market share remained unchanged compared to 2011.
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) announced an expanded working group project with the Volkswagen Group to establish a microcontroller (MCU) energy-efficiency benchmark aimed at making automotive end products more energy aware and more robust.
“Volkswagen is continuing to chair the EEMBC Automotive working group and lend its expertise to ensure that the new benchmark reflects real-world system-design conditions and leads to improved efficiency,” said Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger, Volkswagen’s head of electric and electronic development.