Yes indeed. I imagine NVIDIA and other chip companies are hot to get into the lucrative automotive space, and ARM is giving the the foot-in-the-door they need. The competition should bring many benefits to the consumer--new features, capabilities and options.
Although ARM's announcement today came with no names for potential licensees for the new v8-R architecture, Nvidia's comments in the story make it clear that the hardware-supported virtualization feature, enabled in the new architecture, is something very much in demand by chip companies hot to trot for developing automotive platform.
The new ARMv8-R virtualization with its "bare-metal" hypervisor mode should prove to be really popular among software developers wanting to add-on functionality while maintianing all the safety that automotive demands.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.