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Linux-based IVI platform adds multimedia tech

Sep 13, 2013 — by Eric Brown 1,022 views

Mentor Graphics is integrating Jungo Connectivity’s multimedia player middleware into its Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) software platform. Mentor’s Automotive Technology Platform IVI stack meets Yocto Project 1.3 and GENIVI 3.0 IVI requirements, and Jungo’s MediaCore middleware provides UX and other support for multimedia management and playback, smartphone connectivity, and cloud-based applications.

Based on Mentor’s Yocto Project-compatible embedded Linux platform, Mentor Embedded ATP is one of a handful of GENIVI-compliant in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) platforms from companies including Wind River and Canonical.

ATP integrates software technologies such as Qt, HTML5, and Mentor’s own Inflexion UI development environment, and is supported with Mentor’s Sourcery CodeBench and Sourcery Analyzer tools. Mentor Graphics created ATP subsequent to its acquisition of MontaVista Software’s IVI business earlier this year,


Software stacks: Mentor Embedded Linux; Jungo MediaCore
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Jungo’s MediaCore is a development platform for embedded multimedia players for IVI systems. It features multimedia management and playback functionality, and leverages smartphone connectivity, and cloud-based applications.

MediaCore’s API framework supports features such as screen UX, metadata presentation, and hardware optimization. MediaCore supports all major automotive OSes, as well as IVI platforms including Freescale i.MX, TI Jacinto and OMAP, Intel Atom, Nvidia Tegra, Renesas R-Car, CSR Prima, and Broadcom Alchemy, says Jungo.

Mentor Embedded ATP is currently in production at three automotive OEMs, says Mentor. Seven more automotive Tier 1 suppliers are said to be actively developing next-generation vehicles on the platform. Both Jungo’s middleware and Mentor Embedded’s platform are claimed to be “already running in dozens of production vehicles on the road.”

“This collaboration between Mentor Graphics and Jungo Connectivity is very good news for the IVI industry,” stated Jungo Connectivity CEO Ophir Herbst. “It cements the standardization of Linux, which, with its pedigree in both consumer electronics and enterprise networking, is a natural fit for advanced IVI.”

Evaluation versions of the integrated ATP/MediaCore IVI system will be available shortly, and the companies will be demonstrating the platform at Mentor’s IESF conference in Detroit at Ford Motor Co. on Sept. 19, as well as in Munich on Oct. 24, and in Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan, on Sept. 25 and 27, respectively. The demo features playback and distribution of audio and video media files from various connected devices and over multiple connectivity protocols, say the partners.

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