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OpenSynergy gets funds to expand

June 10, 2010 | Christoph Hammerschmidt | 222900888
OpenSynergy, developer of an Autosar-compliant Linux-based operating system for infotainment applications, has announced the completion of a third financing round. Investors are the Hasso Plattner Ventures and the VC Fonds Technologie Berlin, managed by the IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH.

OpenSynergy's COQOS family of software products allows automotive OEMs and their suppliers to both address customer expectations on infotainment functions and Internet availability and tackle the increasing software complexity of new automotive functionality, the company claims.

According to IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft, large car manufacturers currently are discovering COQOS. With its investment in OpenSynergy, the venture capitalist hopes to enable and accelerate the global market penetration for the company's system software. “We invest in OpenSynergy for the third time, because COQOS resolves the real challenges in the development of automotive electronics. COQOS makes it possible to reduce the number of electronic devices in a vehicle and the associated development and production costs. The concepts of COQOS have already started to influence the world of automotive software,” said Yaron Valler, Partner of Hasso Plattner Ventures.

Several international car manufacturers have already integrated COQOS in their development activities. In a recently published proof-of-concept, BMW has shown that COQOS makes it possible to integrate AUTOSAR-based and infotainment applications on a single hardware. The virtualization technology of COQOS enables an effective separation between applications with different requirements running on the same head-unit.

General Motors has also started a development project with OpenSynergy. The goal is to show the integration of Linux-based applications and safety-relevant applications on a single processor. Successful completion of this demonstrator will lead to the use of COQOS in upcoming vehicle projects.

In addition to customers in Europe and the United States, OpenSynergy has recently strengthened its presence on the Chinese market. COQOS will allow Chinese manufacturers to offer, after very short development times, vehicles with up-to-date infotainment applications that are well integrated in the vehicle systems.

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