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Mentor Automotive Announces Connected OS™ Platform for Innovative Connectivity into the Car Network and to Consumer Electronic Devices

Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015


  • •    Mentor® Automotive Connected OS™ automotive grade software enables faster integration and innovation with car network communication frameworks
  • •    Comprehensive platform with pre-integrated, optimized support for Consumer Electronic (CE) device connectivity
  • •    Serves as a cornerstone for developing advanced automotive systems requiring seamless in-vehicle connectivity
  • •    Flexible framework enables partners to develop differentiated solutions within vehicle families supporting various car network configurations and CE device requirements
  • •    Facilitates real-time, high performance applications for automotive verticals from IVI to Driver Information and ADAS via support for eAVB  

Mentor Graphics Corporation

Today announced the availability of the Mentor Automotive Connected OS™ software platform targeting next-generation automotive applications. Leveraging experience from a proven track record of enabling on-time award winning start-of-production (SOP) deliveries, the Connected OS software provides scalable frameworks for IVI, Driver Information and ADAS applications. The automotive-grade platform facilitates faster time-to-market by solving automotive-specific challenges at the operating system level.

Automakers are faced with the challenge of satisfying demanding consumer expectations for multimedia and network connectivity, in addition to abiding by very market-specific requirements. These challenges are further magnified by the traditionally long product lifecycles of the automobile, including the requirement to support car network infrastructures and standards for several generations. As software content in the car continues to grow, car makers are looking for a mature, yet flexible solution, to build on vertically in a specific car generation as well as horizontally from generation to generation. The Connected OS solution offers the answer with scalable frameworks in the pre-integrated software platform supporting longer lasting standards for car network communication. In addition, the Connected OS software includes solutions to support the most modern and rapidly evolving features for CE device connectivity within the cabin.

Leader in Linux®-based Infotainment Systems

Millions of Mentor Automotive Linux-based automotive systems have already been successfully adopted into production programs and that number is expected to exceed 50 million by 2018. As an increasing number of car makers select Linux® to satisfy their automotive software needs, Mentor Automotive has taken the lead role as an innovative technology solution provider.

The Connected OS software features a modular, GENIVI-based Linux platform with an enhanced board support package (SuperBSP™) and an optimized middleware layer (OPTstack™). This software stack delivers key technologies such as Fastboot, Instant-On, and optimized audio/video functionality – necessary for cutting-edge automotive applications. The level of optimization and tight integration in Connected OS delivers the industry's fastest boot times and extremely high robustness. Supporting the market leading SoCs, the Connected OS solution is developed and maintained on a platform-centric basis for deep integration with System-on-Chip (SoC) specific features, and is customizable to support the unique requirements of OEMs and Tier1s.

Advanced In-Vehicle Networking for IVI & ADAS

Mentor Automotive announced the pre-integration of Ethernet Audio/Video Bridging (eAVB) into the Connected OS solution. Most of the in-car data, especially related to safety applications is required to be transmitted in real-time with high quality of service (QoS).  The Connected OS product enables these applications through the support for emerging connectivity protocol eAVB to address the stringent requirements of low-latency time sensitive applications and reserved data channels. The eAVB stack in the Connected OS solution is developed to IEEE AVB standards and is AVnu Alliance compliant. Supported IEEE implementations include IEEE 802.1AS, 802.1Qat, 802.1Qav, 1722.1 and 1733.

"The automotive industry is shifting at a dramatic pace. We offer our customers the ability to focus on innovative applications and user experience, while building on a rock-solid software base already including automotive-specific standards and solutions. Connected OS is designed to be quickly integrated into the car network while keeping up with all the new CE device trends," stated Rainer Oder, general manager, Mentor Automotive. "Mentor Automotive has built a market leading reputation and Connected OS will provide our customers even more value."

About Mentor Automotive

Mentor Automotive provides a leading portfolio of automotive design tools and software, built on deep expertise in systems engineering, to help customers solve the most complex design challenges facing the industry. Solutions reside in three key areas for automotive electrical and electronic design: connectivity and networking; in-car experience; and sub-systems and technology. More information:

About Mentor Graphics

Mentor Graphics Corporation is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world's most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year in excess of $1.24 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site:

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James Price
Mentor Automotive