Wind River announces infotainment platform for automotive

Wind River Systems has announced a platform based on Linux that it claims will accelerate time-to-market of applications for the in-vehicle infotainment segment of the automotive industry. Wind River Linux Platform for Infotainment, as it is called, should be available in Q3/2008, the company says.

Wind River Linux Platform for Infotainment - optimised for the Intel Atom processor - will offer pre-integration with many leading third-party networking and multimedia applications providers. These leading applications include speech-recognition and speech-to-text technologies by Nuance Communications; Bluetooth and advanced echo-cancellation and noise reduction solutions by Parrot; music management and automatic playlisting technologies by Gracenote; multimedia networking solutions by SMSC; and DVD playback by Corel̵7;s LinDVD.

̶0;The automotive industry has faced integration and interoperability challenges with consumer electronics technologies - challenges largely due to mismatched development cycles, dramatic increases in platform development costs and a pressing need to speed platform innovation to help differentiate the entire vehicle,̶1; explains Vincent Rerolle, senior vice president and general manager of the Linux product division at Wind River. ̶0;Traditional proprietary approaches to these challenges lack the flexibility to help create true differentiation, [and they] constrict business models; Linux kernel-centric approaches don̵7;t address time-to-market issues or development costs.̶1;

Supplier of mobile electronics and transportation systems Delphi is adopting the Wind River Linux Platform for Infotainment to improve the development curve of Delphi̵7;s next-generation entertainment and communications platform. A standardised Linux-based infotainment platform for the automotive industry will ̶0;break down the silos of adjacent industries, bringing together feature sets like mobile handsets, automotive and personal devices, at a faster pace and helps to lower costs,̶1; comments Delphi̵7;s general director of Advanced Products and Business Development Robert W. Schumacher.

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Image: Wind River Linux Platform for Infotainment will offer pre-integration with many leading third-party automotive multimedia applications providers

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