Elektrobit (EB), a company that is a fully owned subsidiary of Continental, has announced that it has developed new software called ‘EB Corbos’ that will allow automotive manufacturers to build complex and powerful electronic control units (ECUs). Such ECUs are needed to give vehicles connected and autonomous driving capabilities.
The first range of products from “EB Corbos” comprises three products which are the first commercially available software implementations of Adaptive Automotive Open System Architecture (AUTOSAR). The main focus when it came to the development of these products was giving them the capability to support interconnectivity, implementation of over-the-air updates and achieving the highest safety levels.
Speaking about the new suite of software products, Dr. Marcel Wille, AUTOSAR project leader, Volkswagen AG, said that EB’s focus on this area will allow Volkwagen to expedite the development of key technologies which are essential for future E/E architectures, especially when it comes to the integration of new features in real time.
The high-performance controllers will be powered by a multi-core processor that will serve as the hub of the future automotive functional architecture. In the coming years, this is expected to become a lot more complex and achieve increased centralization. The automotive industry is moving fast when it comes to development of more complex and technologically oriented vehicles and there will come a time when OEMs will need to consolidate upto 100 single ECUs into a centralized functional architecture running on just five to 10 embedded performance controllers.
According to EB, its three products will make it easier for automotive manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers to develop the required advanced systems. They will also be able to save costs and time as they can reuse software components.
The three products in the EB corbos range are:
– EB Corbos AdaptiveCore, which is the basic software for running Adaptive AUTOSAR. It is ISO 26262-compliant up to ASIL-D, and is the core technology for creating safe, secure, flexible and high-performance ECUs.
– EB Corbos Hypervisor, which is an automotive-grade hypervisor with support for multiple operating systems and ISO 26262 certification up to ASIL-D, ensuring the highest levels of safety and security.
– EB Corbos Linux, an automotive-grade POSIX compliant operating system designed for high-performance controllers, based on the Linux-Kernel that can be used in safety-critical systems.
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