As vehicles are increasingly packed with electronics, it is no longer possible to build competent products efficiently and safely the old fashioned way: by piling in more and more thinly integrated subsystems in an increasingly fragile end product.
Failing to modernize automotive electronics infrastructure affects time to market, extends engineering and maintenance costs, and leads to potentially catastrophic downstream business impact in the form of customer dissatisfaction, vehicle recalls, government sanction, and private litigation.
Car manufacturers face the challenges of integrating a flood of electronic components, reducing development and production costs, and reacting quickly to environmental and public requirements, while still ensuring the safety of the entire system. A certification to ISO 26262 raises demands for intelligently extensible system architectures.
Manage Automotive Complexity with Safe & Secure Virtualization
PikeOS provides a modular system architecture integrating multiple applications on a single hardware platform. PikeOS provides both a full RTOS and a virtualization and partitioning system designed to support the special requirements of automotive applications.
The core of our PikeOS platform is a small, certifiable micro-kernel, providing a virtualization infrastructure with the ability to house diverse resource and function needs into safe individual partitions. Because Automotive applications range from non-critical infotainment systems to highly critical control functions in the car, PikeOS accordingly provides a broad variety of personalities: from POSIX® to Linux and Android to AUTOSAR or GENIVI.
Thanks to strict separation technology, applications of different security levels, different criticality levels, real-time or non-real-time can run concurrently in a mixed critical environment on a single standard hardware platform.
By the way, PikeOS is in Series Productions with several OEMs today.
Automotive Architectures (Single & Multi-Core):
- ARM: Renesas R-Car H2, R-Car H3 planned, Xilinx Zynq, NXP i.MX 6
- NXP: PowerPC (e.g. PPC MPC)
- Intel: x86 Atom family
- Other architectures in process (please send an E-mail if you have a request)
Automotive Guest Expertise Guest OS:
Android, AUTOSAR, GENIVI or AGL (via Linux), Linux, ELinOS, PikeOS Native, OSEK, POSIX®
Certification success included
Safety-critical automotive applications must be certified to ISO 26262. PikeOS is the best certification solution for three reasons: small size, criticality partitioning, and unparalleled company support for the certification process. Because PikeOS is purpose-built to meet certification needs, its essential features comprise only about 10,000 lines of code.
The PikeOS partitioning concept makes it possible for applications of various levels of criticality to be certified for their individual required safety levels while running securely in parallel on the same hardware platform. Even more important for certification is a competent and reliable partner who does not leave you in a tight spot when it comes to documentation, requirements and tests.
For over 25 years SYSGO has been supporting our customers with our own resources, with engineers, with workshops and training, as well as with artifacts and provision of source code.
Why you should use PikeOS for Automotive
Automotive applications today go beyond the actual vehicle. In particular, reliable communications is needed to ensure smooth mobility. The use of PikeOS resolves a wide array of challenges at the same time:
- Reduced complexity saves weight, space and cabling: PikeOS enables integration of a large number of electronic devices onto a single hardware platform.
- Secure communication protects subsystems: Strict separation of applications into secure partitions allows authorized access only and avoids mutual interference.
- Integrated safety reduces certification costs: applications of various levels of criticality and security are safely separated from one another and certified separately.
- Support for automotive standards meets industry needs: PikeOS drives OpenSynergy’s COQOS with its AUTOS AR and GENIVI personalities.
- High scalability and hardware independence secures investment: PikeOS allows legacy code re-use
PikeOS in Action: Hypervisor as basis for Assisted Parking
Series production for Magna’s 360-degree view system SurroundVue™ using SYSGO’s Hypervisor PikeOS with several OEMs.
The new Hypervisor technology is used in Magna’s 360-degree view system SurroundVue™ and integrates camera system and vehicle information system on the same hardware. The new platform creates the basis for further joint customer projects and is important step for the autonomous vehicles in series production.
The PikeOS hypervisor was specifically designed for the development of software for embedded systems with security requirements. With real-time virtualization and partitioning PikeOS offers all the features required for the development of modern multi-functional and highly integrated devices. The PikeOS architecture forms the basis for certification and official approval of critical systems according to standards for functional safety and IT security.
PikeOS been used for many years as a basic software in aircraft electronics to reduce the number of isolated components and thus the complexity of the overall system. The increasing number of software applications and assistance systems also requires in automotive electronics very similar system architectures such as in an airplane. With PikeOS, system software vendor Sysgo is supplying a hypervisor that creates separate private partitions for different software applications and controls communication and data flow between the applications and the hardware.
This enables the integration of applications of different criticality on one hardware platform. Any necessary certifications according to standards for functional safety (eg ISO 26262) or IT security (eg Common Criteria) can be made separately for each application. Features like Secure Boot and Secure Update enhance security of the entire system even when updates for individual components of the software landscape.
More customers in Automotive:
Audi, BMW, Bosch, Continental, Daimler, Delphi, Denso, EB Automotive, ESG, Funkwerk Dabendorf, Magna, PSA, SAIC, TÜV SÜD Automotive, VDO Dayton
R&D / Ecosystem
We take the lead by continuous research
Increased comfort, e-mobility, reduced energy consumption, enhanced mobility as well as political demands for reduced CO2 emissions are major challenges facing the automotive industry. National governments and the EU are supporting businesses and research institutions with considerable research funding. SYS GO is a leading participant in major research projects, benefiting the industry while continually improving and expanding PikeOS , the sole European virtualization solution.
PikeOS software platform in the following Automotive research projects:
Industry ecosystem and collaboration
Automotive projects use a wide range of software and hardware products. Flawless interaction between the components used is vital to the success of complex projects. For this reason, we have been working in close collaboration with the leading global automotive suppliers for many years. We support a wide selection of hardware platforms with our software products and have developed interfaces for code generators and analysis tools that are constantly being expanded.
Our Automotive ecosystem:
• AbsInt • aicas • Atego • Esterel • NXP Freescale • Infineon • Kontron • Lauterbach • MEN • NEC • OpenSynergy • PrismTech • Rapita • Symtavision • Systerel • TTTech • Vector Software • Xilinx
Industry Solution Automotive
Higher System Integration in the Vehicle Cockpit
Continental presenting at embedded world 2014 how SYSGO's PikeOS can be used in the automotive industry
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SYSGO presenting Continental demonstrator at embedded world 2014
Article in Automobil Elektronik (April 2014)
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