Aim of the cooperation is to simplify wiring harnesses and thus reduce vehicle weight, costs and enable software over-the-air updates.
Aim of the cooperation is to simplify wiring harnesses and thus reduce vehicle weight, costs and enable software over-the-air updates.
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AUTOMOTIVE IT New cooperation to develop automotive platform for next generation vehicle architecture

Editor: Florian Richert

GuardKnox, NXP, and Green Hills Software combine their expertise to develop an innovative automotive platform for global OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers that target next-generation architecture and enable commercial deployment for software-defined and service-oriented vehicles.

The innovative platform intends to provide global OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers with a flexible, efficient solution designed to address current technology challenges, such as integrating the hardware and software required to deliver advanced features and functionality to the next generation of vehicles. The unified platform aims at new zonal vehicle architectures that consolidate services previously executed by multiple, dedicated functional domain platforms. As a result, wiring harnesses will be simplified, reducing vehicle weight and cost, and enabling scalability and future improvements through software over-the-air updates.

Computing power as a new benchmark in vehicle design

"NXP's collaboration with GuardKnox and Green Hills addresses key challenges of the automotive industry's dramatic shift from horsepower to compute power to drive future software-centric vehicles," said Brian Carlson, Global Marketing Director for Vehicle Control and Networking Solutions at NXP. "This flexible automotive platform unleashes the innovation of the S32G vehicle network processor to meet the demanding processing and networking needs of domain and zonal vehicle architectures coupled with secure, service-oriented software that's ready to accelerate automotive OEM and Tier 1 innovations."

"There is a significant gap in the automotive supply chain that is too time-intensive and cost-prohibitive for OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers to fill alone," said Idan Nadav, co-founder, and CSO of GuardKnox. "As the first Cybertech Tier supplier, GuardKnox provides the expertise, experience, and technology needed to close that gap and usher in the next generation of software-defined and service-oriented vehicles. By combining NXP's cutting-edge processor solutions and proven software and development tools from Green Hills, we are confident that our joint dynamic platform will empower OEMs with the freedom to evolve and usher in the next era of innovative automotive solutions."

Vehicle Server Reference Design
Vehicle Server Reference Design
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Extensive application possibilities

The state-of-the-art platform is suitable for a wide range of new vehicle services such as in-car app stores, vehicle personalization, immersive infotainment systems, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), and more. It is designed to adapt to customer needs without neglecting the network topology. The flagship platform is a general-purpose computer element with automotive network interfaces that serves as a basic vehicle server. It can also serve as a high-performance domain controller for modern architectures designed to host applications, provide additional services, add functionality, and consolidate other external hardware.

"New architectures and robust networking are essential for the next generation of vehicles to function safely, securely, and with greater speeds," said Chris Tubbs, Director of EMEA Business Development at Green Hills Software. "By combining our sophisticated safety and security software offerings with NXP's latest vehicle network processors and GuardKnox's advanced zonal architecture, together we will deliver that immersive, in-vehicle user experience drivers are now demanding. This purpose-built, foundational platform is a major step forward, empowering OEMs to usher in the future of the automotive industry."