Imagination, Mobica team for virtualized development environment

Imagination, Mobica team for virtualized development environment

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By Nick Flaherty

Imagination Technologies has teamed up with Mobica in Manchester, UK, to use its graphics IP for a containerised virtual development platform for automotive designs

Mobica is providing automotive customers with a working example of Imagination’s HyperLane technology to enhance automotive display performance and safety. The companies are developing further demos and real-world content to be licensed by customers for a complete automotive hardware and software package.

Using a single PowerVR GX6650 GPU, Imagination and Mobica can showcase high-resolution rendering outputs across two large displays mimicking an automotive cabin scenario with a central cluster and IVI system. With HyperLane technology and hardware virtualization, the operating system and other display systems can be compartmentalised. Up to eight virtual ‘containers’ can be supported, allowing multiple operating systems and applications to act independently of each other in a fully secure manner with no loss of performance.

“The GPU is becoming a key component of an OEM’s digital cockpit strategy,” said Gary Butter, Chief Revenue Officer at Mobica. “Our partnership with Imagination enables us to showcase our deep GPU expertise to licensees of PowerVR, and how we can help to enable customisation and optimisation of its powerful performance for an in-vehicle experience.”

The demo shows how in the event of a single application or operating system failing or needing to be taken offline, all other systems can continue to run unimpeded. This removal of cascading or total failure creates a safer and more secure environment thanks to each container having dedicated memory space.

“This partnership and demonstration show the importance of the GPU in modern and future vehicles and how taking an automotive-focused approach and employing features such as HyperLane, can create the safest and securest automotive compute environments, without compromising performance,” said Jamie Broome, Vice President of Product Management, Automotive at Imagination. “Our collaboration with Mobica is a great showcase of what can be achieved when we work together across the automotive industry to deliver a full-service solution for our customers.”;

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