Accelerating the software defined vehicle

Accelerating the software defined vehicle

Wind River and Samsung Electronics driving development for the software-defined vehicles of the future.

Fresh from being listed as one of the world’s ‘most loved’ workplaces, Wind River confirms a collaboration with Samsung Electronics’ System LSI business to accelerate the software-defined vehicle, including development of high-quality in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) solutions, cabin monitoring and advanced driver-assistance features.

The automotive industry is evolving toward the software-defined vehicle, in which more features and functions are enabled primarily through software that can be updated quickly and easily.

Ensuring that developers have superior tools, processes and structures to create, test and update that software efficiently is a top priority for the entire industry.

To help drive this evolution, Wind River and Samsung will collaborate to provide customers with Wind River technology on Samsung’s Exynos Auto V920 chipset – a fully integrated software and hardware solution for automotive.

This integration will use Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform, a safety certifiable multi-core, multi-OS platform allowing end users to mix a diverse set of runtime environments, safe and/or non-safe, including the VxWorks real-time operating system (RTOS), Linux and Android.

“A new software-defined approach is required for designing and developing the high-performance compute systems needed for connected, autonomous and electric vehicles,” said Avijit Sinha, Chief Product Officer, Wind River.

“Our collaboration with Samsung enables OEMs and Tier 1’s to leverage our four decades of experience in developing safety-critical applications for aerospace and defense, industrial, medical and telecommunications customers toward building the certified, mixed-criticality software systems that are essential for the software-defined vehicles of the future.”

Hyeokman Kwon, Vice President of System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics, said: “Our latest 5nm automotive processor, Exynos Auto V920, offers powerful and intelligent performance for a new level of in-vehicle experience with safer driving.

“It’s able to run multiple applications on multiple VMs simultaneously in a highly power-efficient manner, satisfying the industry’s low power consumption demand.

“Our close collaboration with Wind River allows us to enhance our industry-leading IVI development work and further expand into multiple safety-critical domains with Wind River leading runtime environments, including VxWorks and Helix Platform.”

The Samsung collaboration was confirmed within days of Wind River outlining a collaboration with Juniper Networks to cut TCO for vRAN and ORAN deployments with a combined solution – as communications service providers (CSPs) look to implement virtualized and Open RAN in their networks.

In a co-authored blog post, Randy Cox, Vice President, Product Management, Intelligent Cloud, Wind River and Mathias Kokot, Vice President, PLM Software, Juniper, said the combined solution of the Juniper Cloud-Native Router plus Wind River Studio provided  multiple opportunities for cost savings at the edge with the ability to consolidate what would otherwise be multiple pieces of hardware down to one or two servers at a far edge site.

This, they said, reduces not only the initial purchase of hardware but also saves on ongoing power, cooling and space costs. These CapEx savings, combined with the operational benefits of zero-touch automation, helps service providers build an Open RAN solution to achieve lower TCO versus traditional RAN and also allows them to start reaping the benefits of new 5G use cases enabled by the flexibility of an Open RAN network. 

Wind River was recently ranked 13th in the Newsweek Top 100 Global Most Loved Workplaces list recognising companies that put respect, caring, and appreciation for their employees at the center of their business model and, in doing so, have earned the loyalty and respect of the people who work for them.

“We are thrilled to be named on Newsweek’s prestigious Most Loved Workplaces list, as it showcases the lived experience of Wind River’s cultural attributes of growth mindset; customer focus; and diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging,” said Wind River interim CEO Bryan LeBlanc. “In addition to making Wind River a great place to work, our collaborative workforce fosters the agility and innovation required to help our customers address both the challenges and opportunities of the fast-changing, digital-first economy.”

Wind River Chief People Officer Anuradha Mayer said: “It is impressive how Most Loved Workplaces takes one of the most comprehensive looks at workplace sentiment for organizations today.

“We are beyond proud to be on the Global Top 100 list. Wind River’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging is more than just words – it’s a priority and strategic imperative. We don’t just value differences; we seek them out and invite them in.”  

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