Mentor’s Connected OS Platform for in-car connectivity

October 28, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Mentor Graphics has released its Mentor Automotive Connected OS software platform targeting next-generation automotive applications; the Connected OS software provides scalable frameworks for IVI, Driver Information and ADAS applications, and addresses automotive-specific challenges at the operating system level.

Consumer expectations, Mentor says, are for multimedia and network connectivity, in addition to abiding by very market-specific requirements. Product lifecycles in automotive include the requirement to support car network infrastructures and standards for several generations. Mentor designed Connected OS to provide scalable frameworks in the pre-integrated software platform supporting longer lasting standards for car network communication. Connected OS software includes solutions to support the most modern and rapidly evolving features for CE device connectivity within the cabin.

The Connected OS software features a modular, GENIVI-based Linux platform with an enhanced board support package (SuperBSP) and an optimised middleware layer (OPTstack). This software stack delivers key technologies such as Fastboot, Instant-On, and optimised audio/video functionality – necessary for cutting-edge automotive applications. The level of optimisation and tight integration in Connected OS claims to provide fastest boot times and extremely high robustness. Supporting the market leading SoCs, the Connected OS solution is developed and maintained on a platform-centric basis for deep integration with System-on-Chip (SoC) specific features, and is customisable to support the unique requirements of OEMs and Tier1s.

Mentor Automotive has announced the pre-integration of Ethernet Audio/Video Bridging (eAVB) into the Connected OS solution. Most of the in-car data, especially related to safety applications is required to be transmitted in real-time with high quality of service (QoS). The Connected OS product enables these applications through the support for emerging connectivity protocol eAVB to address the stringent requirements of low-latency time sensitive applications and reserved data channels. The eAVB stack in the Connected OS solution is developed to IEEE AVB standards and is AVnu Alliance compliant. Supported IEEE implementations include IEEE 802.1AS, 802.1Qat, 802.1Qav, 1722.1 and 1733.

Mentor Automotive; www.mentor.com/automotive and www.mentor.com/embedded/connectedos