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Mentor's New Software for Developing Linux-Based IVI Systems

John Day

John Day

Posted Jan 15, 2014

Mentor Graphics’ Embedded Software division has released a new version of its Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) for developing Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems.

Embedded division general manager Glenn Perry notes that the new release has achieved GENIVI 5.0-compliance with leading IVI systems-on-chips (SoCs) such as Freescale’s i.MX6, Texas Instruments’ OMAP5 and Renesas’ Marzen H1. Mentor’s ATP is also fully compliant with version 1.5 of the Linux Foundation’s Yocto Project. This has to make life easier for IVI system developers.

When the new ATP is combined with Mentor’s recently announced hypervisor, automakers can integrate device connectivity and other additional functionality on IVI SoC architectures while maintaining separation for critical systems – another critical issue for developers.

New graphics development and optimization functionality in the ATP can speed the development of rich and responsive human machine interfaces (HMIs) similar to those seen in consumer electronics devices. The latest ATP release can also work with the Mentor Embedded Sourcery™ Analyzer to profile an entire embedded IVI system, including use cases such as fast boot and graphics performance.

“The latest ATP release supports leading IVI SoCs and adds unique instrumentation and profiling from the kernel to graphics layers,” says Perry. “Our experience working with Tier One suppliers drove us to simplify profiling of Linux based IVI systems and the identification of bottlenecks by developing instrumentation in the kernel and graphics layers.”

Other features in the new release include a Virtual BSP (Board Support Package) for host-based development and testing, graphics framework support for X11 and Wayland protocols, GPU (graphics processing unit) 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 (Qt Modeling Language) activity.

SoC suppliers are pleased with Mentor’s platform. “The Automotive Technology Platform provides a robust GENIVI-compliant solution for automotive tier one suppliers and OEMs and includes innovate instrumentation and analysis to make the most effective use of the OMAP 5 platform,” says Matt Watson, general manager of Audio and Infotainment at Texas Instruments.

Yocto, GENIVI, in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), Freescale, Renesas, Texas Instruments, Linux, Mentor Graphics

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