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OpenSynergy brings security to infotainment OS

January 11, 2011 | Christoph Hammerschmidt | 222901303
OpenSynergy brings security to infotainment OS Berlin-based software maker OpenSynergy has announced a new version of its COQOS operating system which aims to automotive infotainment applications in the first place. The new release 10.12 is based on the micro kernel of PikeOS from Sysgo - an operating environment designed for safety- and security critical applications.

For infotainment applications, COQOS now supports Android 2.1 in addition to several other Linux distributions. On the automotive side, COQOS comes with an AUTOSAR 3.1 run-time environment and tooling. COQOS release 10.12 has added support for the Freescale i.mx51 and i.mx53 application processors, which are based on an ARM Cortex A8 core. Especially the i.mx53 application processor, which integrates a CAN controller, is well suited for a COQOS-based single-chip solution. Using COQOS an AUTOSAR CAN-Stack can run together with an Android infotainment system. Although both run on the same processor, they are well separated: on booting, the AUTOSAR functionality is available very quickly and keeps running reliably and independently from the Android world.

The safety and security enhancements provided by PikeOS, COQOS is designed to run in automotive head units, instrument clusters, connectivity boxes and driver assistance systems.

PikeOS has been certified according to stringent avionics standards such as DO-178b. OpenSynergy and Sysgo have announced a collaboration aiming at automotive environments in November 2010.

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