Wind River announced a new version of Wind River Platform for Infotainment, its Genivi-compliant automotive stack designed for building Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. The new version adds support for ARM processors, as well as Apple iPhone and iPod integration, Wind River Hypervisor support for multi-OS virtualization, and a new application and GUI framework, says the company.
The major update in Wind River Platform for Infotainment is the new support for ARM processors, in addition to its earlier Intel Atom support. This mirrors the Genivi Alliance's emerging ARM Cortex reference platform, which has been under development since last year, but has yet to be formally announced.All told, the updated Wind River Platform for Infotainment is said to include:
- support for multiple hardware architectures, including ARM and Atom-based architectures
- ready-to-go iPhone and iPod support that allows suppliers to integrate related solutions and reduce bill of material costs
- simulation of the iPod interface on the IVI head unit, or "iPod Out" feature
- application framework designed for easy development of applications and graphical user interface (GUI) creation
- Wind River Hypervisor support, enabling embedded virtualization for multi-OS capabilities within the control module or head unit of the IVI device
In addition to ARM support, the other interesting update here is the iOS integration. One would think that Android might have been be first to be integrated, considering the Linux underpinnings of Genivi, but perhaps these updates were were in the pipeline long before Android phones rose to prominence.