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VxWorks support for automotive network processors adds edge-to-cloud analytics

By Nick Flaherty

Wind River has added support for the VxWorks real time operating system and virtualization on the latest NXP S32G vehicle network processors in automotive embedded designs.

The new processors combine hardware security; ASIL D safety; high-performance processing; and network acceleration for service-oriented gateways, domain controllers, and safety coprocessors.

Making both VxWorks and Helix Virtualization Platform board support packages (BSPs) available for the S32G enables service-oriented gateways for over-the-air (OTA) deployment of new capabilities and edge-to-cloud analytics, as well as ASIL D functional safety to support autonomous driving applications. This is a key part of the shift to simplified domain and zonal-based vehicle architectures with reference system designs.

"Next-gen vehicle systems will be inundated with data and must be able to handle dynamic workloads while also keeping security and safety a top priority," said Michel Genard, vice president of Product at Wind River. "Through our ongoing work with NXP, we can help our mutual customers overcome technology and business challenges in order to reach their automated driving objectives."

"Connected and autonomous cars must be ready to securely and intelligently capture and process increasingly massive amounts of data in real time," said Ray Cornyn, vice president and general manager of Vehicle Network Processors at NXP Semiconductors. "By working closely with partners such as Wind River, NXP can deliver customers with the security, safety, and high-performance needs required by service-oriented gateways and domain controllers."

The move is important as VxWorks is certified to ISO 26262 ASIL D by TÜV SÜD and used in over 550 safety certification programs by more than 350 customers across multiple industries.

Wind River Helix Virtualization Platform (Helix Platform) is an edge compute software platform for future-proofing critical infrastructure systems. It comprises of VxWorks along with virtualization technology, integrated with Wind River Linux and Wind River Simics for system simulation. The Helix Platform also meets the certification requirements of the ISO 26262, DO-178C, and IEC 61508 safety standards.

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