Automotive Solutions
Creating Secure, Deterministic Platforms for this Decade
Hardware and Software In Vehicles Must Adapt
The automotive industry is undergoing massive change due to three parallel disruptions:
1.  A shift from gas driven engines to electric vehicles, which is bringing in new suppliers and technologies. This is because there are less ties to legacy software, processor technologies and manufacturers that are deployed in combustion engines.
2.  The increased shift toward self driving vehicles, which is dramatically increasing the amount of sensing, connectivity and processing technology in the vehicle. Initial prototypes for level 4 autonomous vehicles are harnessing chips that are usually consumed in server infrastructure. Many companies are now viewing the opportunity to be the technology of choice as OEMs focus on improving footprint, power and cost of this functionality.
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3.  The forecast decrease of car ownership, shifting instead toward application-based transportation services. There is a raging debate about whether the number of vehicles will increase (as those being used will be used closer to 100% of the time as opposed to the current single digit percentage of utilization so they need to be replaced more frequently) or decrease (less vehicles to cover the journeys). What the industry does agree on is a shift toward more modular architectures.Beyond the car supply chain itself, these macro trends will impact other adjacent industries.

  •  With 95% of the accidents on US roads being down to driver error, what happens to the car insurance industry when electronics is making the driving decisions?
  •  What happens to the real estate owned by car showrooms if people will simply use robo-taxis? Many these become more specialist service centers to adjust complex sensors and offer hardware and software functionality upgrades? Maybe these transition to become charging stations?
The Need for Secure, Deterministic Gateways

Lynx Software Technologies supports our customers and partners in the creation of the safest and most secure platforms. The market’s desire to drive down cost, power and form factor is causing the next generation of electronic control units (ECUs) to be based on very high performance, heterogeneous system on chips (SoCs). It is critical to choose the right software frameworks for these platforms that can safely and securely combine the deterministic benefits of real-time applications with access to a plethora of applications that exist in the Android or Linux domains. Furthermore, there is a strong push to provide the same user experience enjoyed by consumers on their smartphones in their vehicles…which means taking a modular approach from both software and hardware perspectives to enable update-able functionality in deployed vehicles.

Lynx has been focused on enabling high availability, robust platforms for thirty years. In the automotive domain, we see our separation kernel as an essential, foundational element of software that enables the customer to mix and match Linux, real-time and proprietary software in a highly predictive way. The rigors that have been placed on us in the avionics and defense market ensures we lock down functionality where one process simply cannot interfere with another.

The software stack is highly complex and Lynx is committed to making it easier for companies anywhere in the automotive value chain to gain access to the key foundational elements on which they can create their own value added and highly differentiated pieces. This has started with our partnership with Bosch ETAS. We are not stopping there. Our roadmap is very focused on helping companies create robust software stacks for autonomous platforms. More of this will be discussed later in 2020.

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Partnership with ETAS

Together with Robert Bosch GmbH, Lynx and ETAS provide a safe, secure, and adaptable foundation for the ETAS RTA-VRTE platform software solution. RTA-VRTE incorporates the AUTOSAR Adaptive standard and supports the next generation of cross-domain and vehicle computer ECUs being introduced into upcoming vehicles.

Under this partnership, ETAS includes the foundational processor partitioning system of Lynx MOSA.icTM to its automotive software stack to significantly enhance ECU and vehicle computer security as well as safe system separation of domain controllers and vehicle computer ECUs.

Through Lynx MOSA.icTM, ETAS supports the RTA-BSW AUTOSAR solution, the RTA-VRTE AUTOSAR Adaptive platform, and the ESCRYPT embedded security solution, which run within the lightweight isolated rooms. This combination forms a complete and highly adaptable software platform designed to address real time automotive use-cases requiring the highest levels of safety and security.

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Consolidate with Confidence

Deterministic behavior is sacrosanct for safe automotive designs.  For consolidated domain controllers—where tasks of different complexity levels are running in parallel—system comprehensibility is essential for managing the growing complexity of ECUs microprocessors and software abstraction layers. Lynx MOSA.ic provides an elegant model for managing concurrency through its distributed control plane and modular message based architecture to ensure inherently complex automotive designs scale comprehensibly.  Harness the power of modern multi-core SoCs with transparent evidence of safety, security, and hard real-time execution.

Reuse Software Components

The Automotive Industry pioneered  modular integration for assembly and production.  Lynx is pioneering advances in software development through modular design. Each software component within Lynx MOSA.ic is an independent module that can be efficiently integrated into a next-generation or legacy projects— similar to reusing an ECU in a new vehicle design. 

Leverage Lynx MOSA.ic to re-use existing microcontroller code written to the Classic AUTOSAR standard and to port existing ISO 26262 codebases into secure isolated partitions running safely and securely next to general purpose OSes.  Unlock rapid development through system module integration, boosting reliability by isolating faults and drastically lowering lifetime costs through the reuse of legacy components for future designs.