Renesas Electronics Corporation announced today the launch of its R-Car Virtualisation Support Package that enables easier development of hypervisors for the R-Car automotive system-on-chip (SoC). The R-Car Virtualisation Support Package includes both the R-Car hypervisor development guide document and sample software for software vendors who develop embedded hypervisors required for integrated cockpits and connected car applications. This R-Car Virtualisation Support Package is scheduled to be available from July, 2018.
A hypervisor is a virtualisation operating system (OS) that allows multiple guest OSs, such as Linux, Android, and various real-time OSs (RTOS), to run completely independently on a single chip, Renesas explained. As more and more R-Car hypervisors become available from software vendors, OEMs and Tier I companies will have a wider choice of options and be able to select an optimal one. This choice can be made for the combination of the guest OS to be run, as well as for the system of meter cluster and cloud services used, said the company. It added that this will increase the flexibility of integrated cockpit system and connected car development, while making development faster.
The third-generation R-Car SoCs from Renesas were designed keeping in mind their usage with a hypervisor. By growing its ecosystem with partner companies, including hypervisor vendors, Renesas plans to further expand its line-up of the virtualisation package, a combination of a hypervisor and guest OS. The company also aims to lead the deployment of virtualisation into vehicles to contribute to the realisation of a safe and secure automotive society.