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Mentor grows its automotive Linux business

John Day

John Day

Posted Feb 26, 2013

Mentor Graphics now claims to be the number one commercial provider of Linux®-based automotive in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) solutions thanks to the purchase of the GENIVI-compliant MontaVista Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) from MontaVista, LLC.

Mentor will integrate the MontaVista ATP with the Mentor® Embedded Infotainment Base Platform and augment the combination with development tools including Sourcery™ CodeBench and Sourcery Analyzer.

Mentor and MontaVista Automotive IVI assets are in production at three automotive OEMs and in active development for next-generation vehicles by seven automotive Tier 1 suppliers. They are expected to go into production with additional OEMs within the year.

Auto manufacturers know how important IVI systems are in customers’ buying decisions. Manufacturers and their suppliers must be able to integrate a wide range of technology features into cars, and those features depend upon embedded software.

Describing its ATP, MontaVista notes that today’s IVI solutions require an extensive amount of customized software components with incredibly high quality and security requirements. A company must not only prove it has the experience and sustainability to deliver and support a customer under those stringent requirements but also  have the ability to provide professional services to work alongside Tier-1 suppliers and OEMs to build the final solution.

IVI systems encompass high performance graphics and multimedia capability, Internet connectivity via WiFi or 3G/4G, Bluetooth support, USB connectivity, media and music management, contact management, email, and Internet browser and GPS location aware services – all elements that MontaVista has built and delivered on Linux for over a decade.

“The integration of the MontaVista Automotive assets and Mentor Graphics automotive businesses will give us an unparalleled, industry-leading engineering team,” said Mentor’s Mark Mitchell, general manager of Open Source Embedded Solutions. “Our combined Linux- and Android-based automotive infotainment platform, together with our Sourcery CodeBench development tools and our extensive professional services capability, will allow us to more closely collaborate with automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to build next-generation automotive infotainment systems.”

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