Linux-based automotive technology for infotainment systems

January 16, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Platform aims to bring consumer electronics experiences to IVI (in-vehicle infotainment) systems: Mentor Graphics has issued the latest release of its Mentor Embedded Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) for Linux based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system development.

Automotive Tier One suppliers can, Mentor says, speed the development of rich and responsive user interfaces or HMIs, similar to those seen in consumer electronics devices, with the new graphics development and optimisation functionality added to this GENIVI 5.0 compliant release. By combining ATP with the recently announced Mentor Embedded Hypervisor, automotive OEMs can integrate functionality such as device connectivity, on emerging infotainment hardware system-on-chip (SoC) architectures while maintaining secure separation for critical functionality.

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


This 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 release also provides a Virtual BSP for host-based development and testing. Mentor says it 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.

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