Real-time software vendor Sysgo AG and automotive operating system provider OpenSynergy GmbH will provide a jointly developed software platform for automotive markets. The platform meets aerospace safety specs while at the same time it is Autosar-compliant.
The companies said the operating system they plan to develop will bridge the gap between consumer electronics and automotive electronics. OpenSynergy's main product is the COQOS operating system aiming at automotive-based infotainment systems. COQOS also complies with the specifications of the automotive software environment Autosar.
The partners plan to combine COQOS with Sysgo's virtualization technology which enables developers and system integrators to run separate software environments on a single hardware platform. A potential scenario for the software platform planned by the two companies could be a head unit running Linux-based consumer applications, for instance under the Android operating system, and at the same time running driver assistance systems or Autosar applications such as power window controls.
Sysgo has entered into the cooperation with OpenSynergy in order to boost acceptance for its PikeOS real-time operating system (RTOS) in automotive markets. The joint platform will integrate COQOS and PikeOS. The microkernel-based RTOS is certified according to DO 178B, one of the toughest safety standards for aerospace products. For this reason, it also meets the automotive reliability standard ISO 26262, the companies say. PikeOS is already in use in large aircraft models such as Airbus A350XWB and A400M.
As I understand PikeOS is also seems to be compliant with the Functional Safety Standard for electrical/electronic/programmable electronic systems - IEC 61508. Am I correct? Is this software certified by the approving agencies such as TUV? Also please let me know what are the hardware platforms apart from x86 supported by this software.
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