Coqos hypervisor virtualizes infotainment functions

July 09, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Infotainment and connectivity company Parrot Faurecia has chosen the COQOS hypervisor technology for its NIS 8X800 infotainment system. The hypervisor enables the system to run multiple operating systems on a single hardware platform. As a result, the NIS 8X00 can drive two or more displays at once: the digital instrument cluster, the center stack and even more.

OpenSynergy’s COQOS Hypervisor is part of the COQOS Hypervisor SDK that provides virtualization for the car. It creates virtual machines that can host operating systems like Linux and Android, and also real-time operating systems such as Autosar. It is also able to handle multi-OS window composition on several displays: the center display features an Android window while on the instrument cluster display, RTOS and Linux windows are composed together with an Android window (showing navigation, current music or phone call). According to the Parrot Faurecia and OpenSynergy, this is a market first.

Thanks to the COQOS Hypervisor, it is possible to run functions with different requirements regarding real-time behavior and functional safety simultaneously on a single SoC. The Android OS has been virtualized on a powerful SoC, whose GPU has also been entirely virtualized. However, Parrot Faurecia did not elaborate on the type of this piece of silicon. The Type-1 hypervisor runs directly on the hardware. Its design has been developed corresponding to ISO 26262 requirements. It also prevents interference from the virtual machines.

The NIS 8X00 is a full-fledged infotainment system running the latest version of Android with a complete feature set: analog & digital radio, navigation, hands-free telephony, voice recognition, smartphone projected modes (Apple CarPlay, Android Auto), connected services, multimedia content and a range of apps. The NIS 8X00 is open, scalable and can be upgraded wirelessly: from Android Oreo to Android P, Q, etc.

More information: www.opensynergy.com

www.parrot-faurecia-automotive.com

 


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