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Renesas – New multi-display cockpit brings safety and scalability to infotainment systems


Renesas Electronics Corporation and OpenSynergy have announced that the Renesas’ SoC)R-Car H3 and OpenSynergy’s COQOS Hypervisor SDK have been chosen for Parrot Faurecia’s automotive safe multi-display cockpit. The latest version of Android is the guest OS of the COQOS Hypervisor, which administers both the instrument cluster functionality, as well as safety-relevant display elements based on Linux, and the Android-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) on a single R-Car H3 SoC chip. The COQOS Hypervisor SDK shares the R-Car H3 GPU with Android and Linux enabling applications to be presented on multiple displays, realising a powerful and flexible cockpit system.

“OpenSynergy’s hypervisor technology on the Renesas R-Car H3 platform brings safety and scalability to our front and rear infotainment systems,” said Frederic Fonsalas, director of strategy at Parrot Faurecia Automotive. “Our first multi-display cockpit domain controller using this technology will go to production in 2019 with a European Premium car maker.”

“We are glad about joining forces with OpenSynergy, a strong partner who enabled us to deliver an innovative cockpit solution utilising Android for the IVI function,” said Naoki Yoshida, vice president, Automotive Technical Customer Engagement Division, Automotive Solution Business Unit, Renesas Electronics Corporation. “Having this robust and flexible hypervisor system adopted by Parrot Faurecia for start of production 2019 opens up new horizons.”

“The COQOS Hypervisor SDK takes full advantage of the hardware and software virtualisation extensions provided by Renesas. Our products are a perfect match,” emphasised OpenSynergy’s CEO Stefaan Sonck Thiebaut. “OpenSynergy’s solution includes key features, such as shared display, which allows several virtual machines to use multiple displays flexibly and safely. This gives more options to our customers and helps them to speed up time-to-market.”