General Dynamics Broadband Turbocharges Automotive Electronics with Support
for Freescale i.MX 6 Quad for IVI Applications
OKL4 Microvisor™ Helps Automotive OEMs Deliver Tomorrow's User Experience
without Sacrificing Safety, Certification or Cost Structure
CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012
CHICAGO, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --General Dynamics Broadband, a leading
provider of embedded virtualization software for mobile and connected devices,
today announced immediate availability of a new Software Development Kit (SDK)
for the company's OKL4 Microvisor, enabling automotive manufacturers and other
OEMs to target In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) and other applications with the
four-core Freescale i.MX 6 Quad system on chip.
Automotive OEMs face an array of technical and financial challenges in
bringing vehicles to market. In particular, they need to offer unique
experiences for both drivers and passengers while ensuring safe and reliable
vehicle performance, delivered on time and within budget. Building
next-generation IVI systems with OKL4 and the Freescale i.MX 6 Quad helps
manufacturers meet the stringent requirements of the automotive marketplace
while reducing manufacturing costs by consolidating multiple dedicated
processors in legacy designs. Using embedded virtualization also gives
automotive OEMs the ability to offer a more open and engaging user experience
(UX) by supporting the latest consumer applications and multimedia
technologies, without compromising the safety or reliability of core vehicle
"head unit" functions like rear-view camera and navigation systems.
"The automotive industry and other intelligent device segments turn to
advanced silicon and software – the Freescale i.MX6 Quad and the OKL4
Microvisor – to bring consumers unique and differentiating user experiences,"
noted Steve Subar, vice president and general manager of Secure Mobility for
General Dynamics Broadband. "Building next generation IVI systems on the
foundation of OKL4 helps OEMs re-invent car multimedia while preserving
investments in safety and certification."
"We are pleased that the OKL4 Microvisor now supports our latest family of
multimedia application processors," said David Patterson, vice president and
general manager of Freescale's Multimedia Applications Division.
"Virtualization enables our customers to quickly and cost-effectively develop
automotive infotainment products that mix safety- or security-critical
environments with rich consumer multimedia experiences."
OKL4 for Freescale i.MX6 Quad
The OKL4 Microvisor SDK encompasses a range of capabilities relevant to
automotive OEMs, including:
oIntegration of diverse separate software environments on a single
processor, each in a distinct secure environment (cell)
oSimultaneous hosting of multiple popular embedded operating systems,
including Linux, Android, QNX and AUTOSAR, each in its own protected cell
oFine-grained and rigorous access control across cells, with OKL4
Microvisor leveraging processor hardware to enforce security policy, with
secure sharing of display, audio, storage, networking and other
oHigh performance, with fast booting and rebooting of individual cells, and
deterministic responsiveness for real-time applications, even under heavy
oEfficient utilization of multi-core CPUs via dynamic SMP balancing
The OKL4 Microvisor SDK for i.MX6 Quad also includes an IVI reference design
with implementation example for real-world automotive applications systems.
The Freescale i.MX6
The i.MX6 series of applications processors unleashes a scalable multicore
platform that includes single-, dual- and quad-core families based on the ARM®
Cortex™-A9 architecture for next-generation consumer, industrial and
automotive applications. By combining the power-efficient processing
capabilities of the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture with bleeding edge 3D and 2D
graphics, as well as high-definition video, the i.MX6 series provides a new
level of multimedia performance to enable an unbounded next-generation user
experience. The i.MX 6 Quad is a four-core ARM Cortex-A9 based processor
running at 1.2 GHz with a 1 MB L2 cache, 2D/3D graphics engines and integrated
SATA II support.
oGeneral Dynamics Broadband is releasing a new version of the OKL4
Microvisor SDK optimized to target automotive applications with the
Freescale i.MX 6 Quad four-core chipset
oEmbedding OKL4 in IVI designs helps OEMs cut costs through hardware
consolidation, create more open and user-friendly devices while also
helping to assure safe and reliable operation
General Dynamics Broadband, a subsidiary of General Dynamics C4 Systems, is a
leader in the critical communications industry delivering wireless broadband
solutions and security to enable operational scenarios within public safety,
critical infrastructure, defense and enterprise markets globally.
With General Dynamics' recent acquisition of OK Labs®, General Dynamics
Broadband is now a global leader in virtualization software for securing
wireless communications, applications and content. Its software is deployed on
more than 1.6 billion devices worldwide, enabling security for wireless access
of corporate and government assets while protecting everything that runs on
the device. Chipset suppliers, mobile and automotive OEMs, national security
agencies and contractors, mobile network operators, and enterprise IT depend
on General Dynamics Broadband Secure Mobility technologies and products to
deliver high-assurance solutions that decrease cost, reduce complexity and
More information on General Dynamics Broadband products and services is
www.gd-broadband.com and www.ok-labs.com.
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