Mentor goes for ARM in auto EDA
In December, Mentor will ship an EDA tool for designing electronic systems in cars. Cars can now use up to 65 million lines of code, 200 microprocessors and 100 motors.
Called Embedded Hypervisor, Mentor’s tool is for in-vehicle infotainment, telematics, advanced driver assistance and instrumentation.
Hypervisor is built around ARM. “ARM has become the No.1 supplier of automotive microcontrollers,” says Scot Morrison, GM of Runtime Solutions at Mentor, “we’re definitely focussing on the relevance of ARM to automotive systems.”
Hypervisor includes support for the ARM TrustZone providing a separate secure operating environment for things like memory, crypto blocks and keyboard/screens.
Hypervisor accelerates design by re-using existing proprietary software and protecting IP while incorporating Linux to leverage the open source ecosystem.
Designers can combine Linux, AUTOSAR, real-time, and bare-metal applications and sub-systems.