Wind River and Intel drive open source platform for automotive industry

Wind River and Intel drive open source platform for automotive industry

The open source platform will be optimised for the Intel® AtomTM processor that was introduced last month, and will be ideally suited for in-vehicle infotainment solutions that demand connected multimedia and graphics intensive application support in a low-power envelope.

Wind River will make available open source specification and code from the platform to the open source community via a new in-vehicle infotainment segment within – a community website for software vendors and Linux users to collaborate, share solutions and contribute code.

The code, in combination with the Intel Atom processor, will enable the development of Open Infotainment Platforms based on interoperable, standards-based hardware and software components. This will allow manufacturers to scale software across devices, leading to cost and development efficiencies.

Open source solutions offer several benefits to the automotive industry, including no vendor lock-in for solution components or tools, broad options available for consumer electronics integration and the ability to customise a solution, driving manufacturer branding and differentiation. In addition, open source solutions such as Linux offer a flexible business model compared to proprietary solutions and leverage the efforts of the broader open source development community, resulting in reduced time-to-market.

Companies such as BMW Group, Bosch, Delphi and Magneti Marelli are actively supporting Wind River's strategy to drive Linux into the automotive infotainment market and its commitment to accelerate the defragmentation effort by creating a standardised platform.

Wind River expects to deliver the open source specification and code to the in-vehicle infotainment community in August 2008.

Wind River is the official open source sponsor at this week's Telematics Detroit 2008 conference, and will be exhibiting at Booth #48/57.

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