Global provider of high-assurance real time operating systems and virtualisation for automotive, Green Hills Software, has announced the availability of the safe and secure INTEGRITY real time operating system (RTOS) and supporting products/services portfolio for the i.MX 8 family of applications processors from NXP Semiconductors. The trusted 64-bit INTEGRITY run-time architecture is supported by ASIL-certified development tools, embedded cryptographic tool kit and cloud-based secure credential management system.
The combined scalable platform enables global carmakers and their suppliers to bring new levels of safe and secure graphics-rich performance to the software-defined vehicle cockpit, such as safety-certified instrument clusters, multi-screen entertainment and vehicle-critical information.
Software defined cockpits
In today’s vehicles, drivers and passengers want a digital experience like their everyday experience – rich 3D displays, seamless connectivity, smart graphics interfaces, app stores and more. In response, automakers and their Tier 1 suppliers are adding hundreds of millions of new lines of software to automotive ECUs – new software from diverse global suppliers with a wide range of requirements for automotive safety, security and robustness. Historically, this would require additional ECUs with added cabling, cost, weight and the space. Instead, the emerging alternative approach is ECU consolidation to combine multiple software functions and ECUs into fewer or single ECUs.
The INTEGRITY real time operating system architecture was designed and certified for life-critical embedded systems – rigorously proven to successfully fly passenger aircraft, control surgical devices and run ISO 26262 ASIL D automotive functions. INTEGRITY separation architecture enables software teams to safely and securely run software of different levels of criticality on the same processor while guaranteeing software tasks the system resources they need.
The i.MX 8 families of applications processors are feature and performance-scalable multicore platforms, based on 64-bit Arm Cortex -A72, -A53, -A35 and Cortex-M4. Marquee hardware features include an advanced multi-stream vision processing pipeline, dual-core GPU and system MMU – all providing the efficient performance to drive four 1080p screens, eight-camera 360º surround view with image stitching, dedicated cryptographic security and HiFi 4 DSP speech recognition with noise cancellation – to name a few.
“Working with proven partners like Green Hills enabled us to achieve over 130M vehicles powered by i.MX since 2007. The next-gen software defined integrated cockpit is only fully realised if the various software functions can be safely and securely run with absolute trust and assurance,” said Ron Martino, Vice President, i.MX Applications Processor Product Line at NXP. “By leveraging the combination of the INTEGRITY RTOS’ proven separation architecture and i.MX 8 performance and resource partitioning, carmakers and Tier 1s can realise quantitative competitive advantages on their production programmes.”
Components in solution
Starting with today’s base support from Green Hills for the NXP reference platforms, customers have a comprehensive set of Green Hills Software’s capabilities to build from for their own custom platforms based on the i.MX 8 and i.MX 8X applications processors: