Graphics & virtualisation for Intel Atom E3800 Processors, from Green Hills

January 21, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Green Hills Software’s Integrity RTOS real-time operating system and Integrity Multivisor virtualisation now support the Intel Atom processor E3800 product family.

Green Hills Software’s safety-certified Integrity real-time operating system with its optional hardware accelerated 3D graphics support for the Intel Atom processor E3800 product family targets automotive applications such as reconfigurable digital instrument clusters, head-up displays (HUD) and advanced driver assist solutions (ADAS), providing a combination of fast graphics performance from the processor E3800’s Gen 7 Intel Graphics Architecture and automotive grade safety.

The Integrity Multivisor takes advantage of the hardware virtualisation capabilities available on Intel Atom to enable the highest performing multi-domain infotainment and safety-critical execution environment for next-generation automotive designs. GHS positions Integrity as 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 popular infotainment operating systems such as Linux and Android, on a single multicore Atom processor.

“The vehicle’s software-defined cockpit presents challenges and opportunities that demand powerful, flexible, scalable, cost-effective computing platforms,” commented Elliot Garbus, vice president & general manager, Automotive Solutions Division, Intel.

Developed by Green Hills Software under contract with Intel, the Integrity solution for products based on the Intel In-Vehicle Solutions platform exploits 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. This 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.

Capabilities of Green Hills Software’s solution for Intel In-Vehicle Solutions include:

Hardware-accelerated 3D graphics running natively on the Integrity real-time operating system

Integration with 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