Metrowerks Introduces Linux Technology for Telematics

Metrowerks Corporation has introduced automotive grade Linux technology that is specifically tailored for telematics deployments.

The technology meets automotive industry requirements such as fast device boot time, a real-time execution environment and a comprehensive power management framework.

Overcoming Barriers

The offering makes the Linux operating system viable for the telematics market, Metroworks said today, overcoming barriers that had persisted previously to using an open-source system for this purpose.

“Linux is an attractive operating system for the automotive market, but until now has not been a viable option because of the stringent requirements automotive manufacturers have regarding fast boot time, determinism and power consumption,” said Ian Riches, director, Automotive Electronics Service, Strategy Analytics. “The Metrowerks automotive grade Linux technology will help overcome some of the barriers associated with using the Linux operating system for automotive Telematics applications.”

In-Vehicle Viability

Metrowerks’ software enables such processes as a sub-40 millisecond response time for in-vehicle bus communication; real-time capabilities for enhanced responses to system events; as well as very low power consumption.

The company said its Metrowerks Professional Services Group is available to help automotive manufacturers integrate open source or proprietary middleware technologies from third-party vendors to deliver networking, security/encryption, memory or consumer interface capabilities.

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