Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC), a leading automotiveelectronics supplier, and OpenSynergy, a specialist in embedded automotivesystems, today announced a strategic alliance to advance the integration ofconsumer electronics in automotive infotainment applications.
Visteon Electronics and OpenSynergy are joining forces todeliver standards-based infotainment solutions that bridge the gap between opensource In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) applications and the “closed”automotive domain. The partners’ first collaboration incorporates OpenSynergy’sCOQOS operating system in Visteon’s OpenAir(TM) I1.2 infotainment platform,introducing virtualization technology in Visteon’s latest range of infotainmentproducts. Virtualization technology creates a virtual environment in which evencomplex operating systems can run within partitions on the same processor. TheOpenAir I1.2 was first demonstrated at the 2014 International CES.
“By adopting OpenSynergy’s recognized virtualizationproduct, Visteon is offering vehicle manufacturers a safe and competitivesolution to integrate the increasing array of in-vehicle infotainment featuresexpected by today’s consumer,” said Christian Feltgen, global productdevelopment director, Visteon Electronics. “Strategic collaborations andalliances are becoming essential in reducing time-to-market, and through earlyinvolvement in growth-stage technology, we are accelerating our ability toinnovate in key strategic areas.”
Visteon and OpenSynergy’s solution enables vehiclemanufacturers to integrate Linux or Android-based infotainment functionsalongside AUTOSAR-compliant software by running applications independently inseparate software partitions, thus eliminating risks for mutual interference.Fast boot technology ensures quick availability of critical driver informationwhile special software drivers make it possible to share hardware resources(such as audio and video) between partitions.
OpenSynergy General Manager Rolf Morich added: “Weare pleased to have Visteon as a strategic partner to grow virtualizationtechnology in infotainment applications with global vehicle manufacturers.Visteon and OpenSynergy share a common vision of seamlessly integratingconsumer electronics features into the automotive environment.”
OpenSynergy is a private technology software company,based in Berlin, Germany, specializing in software for embedded automotivesystems. OpenSynergy provides COQOS, a standards-based software platformintegrating Linux and Android-based systems as well as AUTOSAR-compliant software.COQOS has been developed to address safety applications.
Visteon Electronics, a division of Visteon Corporation,is a leading supplier of automotive cockpit electronics that deliversinnovative in-vehicle user experiences through solutions in user interfaces,connectivity and open architectures. Supported by a global network of 16 manufacturing facilities, fourtechnical centers and 11 customer centers, Visteon Electronics employsapproximately 5,900 people in its consolidated operations.
Visteon is a global automotive supplier that designs,engineers and manufactures innovative components and systems for virtuallyevery vehicle manufacturer worldwide through businesses including VisteonElectronics, Visteon Interiors and Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp.Visteon’s family of businesses generated $13.8 billion in sales in 2012,including non-consolidated operations. With corporate offices in Van BurenTownship, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Chelmsford, UK; Visteon hasfacilities in 29 countries and employs about 22,000 employees in itsconsolidated operations. Learn more at www.visteon.com.