Cockpit HPC speeds up development

Cockpit HPC speeds up development

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Following Continental’s presentation a week ago of a new approach to the modularization of vehicle high-performance computers, a new starting signal is now being given in the field of vehicle computers: the Smart Cockpit HPC. With its function set pre-integrated for the most common applications, it allows OEMs to significantly shorten time-to-market.

The Smart Cockpit HPC aims to balance user experience, system performance and cost. In addition, the development focused on an equally important consideration in the age of the software-defined vehicle: the preconfigured use cases reduce the time-to-market quite significantly to 18 months from order entry to series production. With this development, Continental intends to demonstrate its expertise in domain-specific and cross-domain HPCs and claim a technological leadership role in the market trends of software-defined vehicles and in the management of complex HPC projects.

The pre-integrated functional scopes are evident from the graduated computing and graphics performance for the various versions of the Smart Cockpit HPC. Their tasks include infotainment with different program sources and visualization of the various ADAS applications. Depending on the profile, different graphics performance is required. If safety-relevant parameters are processed and displayed graphically, such as speed in virtual cockpits, the requirement for functional safety is added. Depending on the requirements, the computers are then equipped with suitable processors – up to a performance category that requires liquid cooling. A company spokesperson would not say which processors Continental uses, but the liquid cooling requirement is likely to apply to only a few processor models anyway.

Android interface on board

The Smart Cockpit HPC enables the integration of various areas and functions, such as clusters, infotainment – with an interface to an Android operating system – (display, radio, telephone, telephone mirroring and navigation) and Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). By combining all cluster and infotainment functions in one box, the Smart Cockpit HPC reduces the number of previously installed control units and extensive wiring harnesses. This significantly reduces the complexity of the vehicle architecture, Continental advertises.

The system is designed for the common configuration of two displays for the center stack and instrument cluster, but can be expanded to include up to three displays, such as a head-up display. Even though the Smart Cockpit HPC is a preconfigured solution, customer-specific adaptations can be made with regard to the HMI and hardware interfaces.

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