Green Hills Software releases cockpit development tools for Automotive Grade Linux

Green Hills Software announces the availability of Integrity Multivisor secure virtualisation and advanced development tools for Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) on leading 64-bit automotive grade SoCs. This means, that for the first time, AGL applications can be added to automotive systems meeting the highest ISO 26262 safety levels through the Integrity real-time operating system (RTOS). As a result, OEMs can confidently run AGL-based infotainment and connected car applications in secure partitions alongside safety-critical and security-critical functions including instrument clusters, rear-view camera, ADAS, over the air (OTA), gateway and vehicle to everything (V2X). The results are lower system costs, more scalable platforms, shorter development times and lower ASIL certification costs, adds Green Hills.

The Automotive Grade Linux project is a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open software stack for the software defined automotive cockpit and hosted by The Linux Foundation.

“We are pleased to have Green Hills Software participating in our growing and global community,” said Dan Cauchy, executive director of Automotive Grade Linux. “Their experience and technology help customers build and deploy safe and secure AGL-based vehicle software and we look forward to their contributions to expand and further establish AGL as an industry standard.”

As a Member for AGL, Green Hills demonstrated a consolidated integrated cockpit that incorporates AGL at the recent Automotive Linux Summit in Tokyo. The Integrity RTOS and Multivisor hypervisor safely and securely run a safety-critical instrument cluster alongside AGL-based infotainment applications. Both domains safely share high-performance and smooth 3D OpenGL graphics provided by the cross-platform Qt Automotive Suite graphics framework.


The Green Hills ecosystem for the integrated cockpit numbers dozens of partners providing safe and secure integrated solutions running on all major automotive-grade SoC manufacturers including Qualcomm Technologies, Renesas, NXP, Intel, STMicroelectronics and NVIDIA.

“Integrated cockpits today need a scalable software architecture to safely and securely combine Linux and Android infotainment functions with critical vehicle functions that require automotive-grade safety and certification. When used with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform, the Green Hills Integrity RTOS and Multivisor virtualisation solution allows global Tier 1s and OEMs to take on this challenge,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president for product management, Qualcomm Technologies. “We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with Green Hills, as we share the commitment to offer the safety-conscious and security-rich, performance solutions that can define the future of high-performance, scalable vehicle cockpits.”

Green Hills Software’s Integrity Multivisor is the system virtualisation service for the certified Integrity RTOS microkernel. The Integrity RTOS architecture is certified at the highest levels of automotive safety – ISO 26262 ASIL D – and is the only operating system architecture to ever achieve the world’s highest level of security EAL 6+, Separation Kernel Protection Profile, Common Criteria.

Integrity and Integrity Multivisor for Automotive Grade Linux are available to early access customers today on the Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform and Renesas R-Car H3 SoC.

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