WATERLOO, ON, 12 October 2021 /PRNewswire/ — BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) today announced the availability of a QNX® Benchmark hypervisor and VIRTIO-based design to virtualize Android Automotive operating system on the 3rd gen Snapdragon® Automotive cockpit platform, helping automakers deliver the ultimate cockpit experience while accelerating time to market.
The automotive industry is consolidating disparate in-cabin features such as digital instrument clusters, infotainment, and heads-up display into unified digital cockpit architectures, all running on a sub-system-on-a-chip (SoC). unique and extremely powerful underlying. This mixed-critical architecture strengthens the integration between previously discrete in-cabin functionality to provide a cockpit domain controller solution that supports a unified user experience for the consumer while simultaneously reducing overall cost.
VIRTIO is an open standard that defines the interface between the Android Automotive operating system and the underlying hypervisor to deliver the full Android Automotive operating system experience. The combination of the QNX hypervisor and QNX’s VIRTIO implementation allows the Android Automotive operating system to work immediately without modification. This allows systems deployed in the field to easily upgrade to new versions of the Android Automotive operating system as they are released.
While the VIRTIO interface is standardized, the implementation of the interface is not. The BlackBerry QNX benchmark has been extended to support dynamic graphical sharing between Android Automotive OS infotainment applications and the digital instrument cluster, shared Vulkan draft support and audio management system-wide to holistically manage all sounds in the vehicle. The BlackBerry QNX VIRTIO implementation adds 10 additional virtual devices to the 25 currently available in the QNX Hypervisor product family.
The benchmark design based on the QNX hypervisor integrates an infotainment system powered by Android Automotive OS and a digital instrument cluster virtualized by the QNX hypervisor and running on a single Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit platform. This architecture will also allow automakers to take advantage of the zero interference needed to achieve safety certifications while providing the full experience of the Android Automotive operating system.
The benchmark design demonstrates quick start-up and sharing of audio, graphics, video (camera), touchscreen, vehicle HAL sharing, USB, and streaming video between the Digital instrument panel and infotainment system powered by Android Automotive OS allowing Tier 1 and OEM to deliver the ultimate cockpit experience.
The QNX Cockpit Reference Design is now available as part of QNX Advanced Virtualization Frameworks.
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