Safe and secure support for AUTOSAR Adaptive

6th November 2020
Alex Lynn

Green Hills Software has announced its expanded offering for automotive electronics manufacturers building safety- and security-critical systems that rely on the latest AUTOSAR Adaptive organisation standards.

The addition of configurable support for the leading AUTOSAR Adaptive vendors’ solutions on a wide range of automotive processors enables global OEMs and Tier 1s to develop and deploy AUTOSAR-based platforms possible for use in gateways, ADAS, autonomous vehicles, safety/security islands, domain controllers and high-performance zonal compute clusters.

Green Hills has participated in the AUTOSAR organisation since 2005. As a Premium Partner, Green Hills is active in working groups defining standards for operating system interaction, security and debugging. With this, Green Hills brings an unprecedented level of understanding and experience around safe and secure integration of AUTOSAR services into a wide range of automotive ECU designs.

Today’s heterogeneous computing platforms with mixed-core processors and multiple operating systems coupled with rising expectations for software-defined vehicle architectures bring great schedule pressure and complexity to engineers creating software responsible for critical vehicle functions using AUTOSAR’s open industry standards for advanced system functions and interfaces.

To address these looming challenges, Green Hills has built on its AUTOSAR experience to support a wide range of possible platform configurations supporting a broad variety of end customers’ design goals, safety requirements and key performance indicators (KPI). Examples of scalable AUTOSAR run-time frameworks based on Green Hills Software’s proven run time environments are:

  • AUTOSAR Adaptive running natively on the INTEGRITY real-time operating system’s (RTOS) foundational separation architecture that isolates and protects AUTOSAR Adaptive applications and services from other platform applications and services. Here, the AUTOSAR Runtime Environment for Adaptive Applications simply runs natively on INTEGRITY as provided by AUTOSAR Adaptive stack suppliers.
  • AUTOSAR Adaptive applications and services running on Linux guest operating systems, safely and securely hosted on the INTEGRITY microkernel virtual machine monitor (INTEGRITY Multivisor).
  • AUTOSAR Classic applications running natively on the INTEGRITY separation kernel, enabling the seamless incorporation of legacy AUTOSAR Classic assets into platforms that also run AUTOSAR Adaptive.

Green Hills Software’s expanded support for AUTOSAR draws on proven solutions and knowhow and is based on:

  • ISO 26262 ASIL D-certified INTEGRITY RTOS
  • POSIX conformance support
  • Real-time microkernel-based virtualisation services
  • Rich MULTI integrated development environment (IDE) tool suite with the latest C++ support

Green Hills Software’s offerings are optimised for heterogeneous computing platforms and enable seamless integration of legacy AUTOSAR Classic services with AUTOSAR Adaptive services in a vendor-independent and ASIL safety level-independent manner.

To address the complexities in debugging and optimising these advanced system architectures, Green Hills has integrated its latest advanced development and system visualisation tools with these platforms. The MULTI IDE gives global teams of AUTOSAR developers powerful visibility and control to pinpoint bugs and fix performance bottlenecks on complex automotive SoCs running multiple operating systems, AUTOSAR services, and applications on multiple heterogenous cores.

Key enabling features include AUTOSAR OS-aware debugging, synchronised system-level event visualisation and high-performance C and C++11/14/17 compilers and run-time libraries, qualified for ASIL D.

In addition, Green Hills, through its SuperTrace JTAG probe and TimeMachine back-in time debugger, enables customers to easily capture and reproduce every bug by recording the state of a system and all its critical information right up to a crash without having to restart the applications. These tools substantially increase developer productivity and code quality while helping customers achieve their system performance and delivery goals.

“Vector is pleased to be expanding its strategic collaboration with Green Hills to include our Adaptive MICROSAR AUTOSAR platform integrated and optimised to run on the automotive-grade INTEGRITY real-time separation kernel,” stated Dr Thomas Beck, Managing Director of Vector. “With this collaboration, Vector and Green Hills look forward to enabling our joint end customers with program-ready AUTOSAR solutions for their future automotive software platform needs.”

“Expanding on our decades of cooperation with Green Hills for AUTOSAR, Elektrobit is enabling Green Hills to utilise production-ready AUTOSAR Classic and Adaptive solutions with the INTEGRITY RTOS,” added Christoph Herzog, Global Head of Portfolio and Product Management at Elektrobit.

Dan Mender, Vice President, Business Development at Green Hills Software, continued: “For the last 15+ years, our technology partnerships with the world’s leading AUTOSAR suppliers have been an important aspect to our successful engagements with global OEMs and their Tier 1 suppliers to deploy powertrain, body/chassis, ADAS, integrated cockpit, gateways, telematics, digital cluster, and IVI/cluster consolidation projects.

“In expanding our strategic efforts for AUTOSAR Adaptive with leading global AUTOSAR providers, our joint customers will gain access to the best-in-class AUTOSAR capabilities for next-generation ECU platforms supporting both AUTOSAR Classic and Adaptive standards.”

Green Hills support for AUTOSAR Classic and Adaptive is available for qualified customers.

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