The new Mentor Graphics’ Embedded Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) for Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system development is now available and aimed at automotive tier-one suppliers for better graphics and optimized functionality. It’s the latest innovation to aid in the development of more responsive user interfaces.

Compliant with Yocto Project 1.5 and GENIVI 5.0, ATP adds Mentor’s Embedded Hypervisor for greater functionality, device connectivity, and the integration of emerging system-on-chip (SoC) architectures. Both the Yocto Project and GENIVI serve as open-source collaboration projects that will standardize embedded projects within IVI systems. GENIVI 5.0 compliance includes Freescale i.MX6, Renesas R-CAR H1, and Texas Instruments OMAP 5—scalable processors based on the ARM Cortex-A9 (Freescale and Renaases) and ARM Cortex-A15 (TI) architectures.

The ATP also utilizes an Embedded Sourcery Analyzer that profiles the entire IVI system, including use cases. Graphics framework support is included for X11 and Wayland, as well as GPU support and an instrumented package for QT 5.0 with visual and interactive analysis of UI smoothness, start-up time, latency, and QML activity. The platform also provides a Virtual BSP for host-based development and testing.

Mentor has partnered with a variety of software and semiconductor companies as well as industry associations to reduce development cycles. These include Jungo Connectivity, Videon, CSR, RealVNC, Obigo, Freescale, Renesas Electronics, TI, GENIVI, the Car Connectivity Consortium, and AUTOSAR. The combination of graphics-processing capabilities from the various companies helps in the most effective use of the platform.