Elektrobit, Infineon Team on Multicore Reference Implementation

EB (Elektrobit), a leading developer of cutting-edge embedded technology solutions for automotive and wireless industries, has developed a multicore reference implementation in collaboration with Infineon Technologies AG. The implementation is based on Infineon’s TriCore technology. The partners have also integrated an AUTOSAR 3.1-compliant Microcontroller Abstraction Layer (MCAL) for Infineon’s microcontrollers in the TriCore and XC2000 series into the EB tresos AutoCore basic software core. This means that a basic software core is now available that enables scalable software solutions according to the recommendations of the German manufacturer software initiative (Hersteller Initiative Software, HIS) and can thus reduce hardware costs.

Close development collaboration between EB and Infineon has resulted in a multicore platform that is particularly well-suited for safety-critical applications. It permits significant increases in performance, for example when used as a domain controller. The multicore platform offers two application options, developers can choose from. In the first mode, two processor cores can work in parallel at a lower clock rate, permitting lower power consumption than two individual processor cores. The second mode is used for redundant safety applications. In this so-called “lockstep mode”, the plausibility of results from different software routines on other cores can be verified and approved.

The multicore platform features two TC1797 microcontrollers from the TriCore family. Using relevant parts of the new AUTOSAR 4.0 specification helped creating a basis for distributing software components flexibly on multicore units and to ensure their synchronization. “EB tresos AutoCore, the AUTOSAR-compliant basic software from EB, already integrates all the mechanisms required, and can therefore implement AUTOSAR-compliant partitioning right now,” says Thomas Hafner, Software Marketing Manager, Microcontrollers, Infineon Technologies. Infineon’s new components in the XC2000 family and the TriCore family, like the TC1782, have thus already been included in integration, to make the tool concept future-proof. “The tool concept can already be used on future quad-core systems, for example.” Hafner adds.

As parts of the EB tresos ECU development software, all functions described above are immediately available at EB.

EB, Elektrobit Corporation
EB develops advanced technology and transforms it into enriching end user experiences. EB specializes in demanding embedded software and hardware solutions for the automotive industry and wireless technologies. The company’s net sales for the year 2009 totalled EUR 153.8 million. Elektrobit Corporation is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. www.elektrobit.com

EB’s Automotive Software Business
EB’s Automotive Software Business has established itself internationally as one of the most important suppliers of embedded software solutions for the automotive industry. In addition to the development of innovative products, it also specializes in services and consulting for the automotive industry, supplying implementations of serial software solutions for a broad range of AUTOSAR and FlexRay, Infotainment, Navigation, HMI and Driver Assistance systems.