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TTTech backs Adlink’s Paris robotics spinout

TTTech backs Adlink’s Paris robotics spinout

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By Nick Flaherty



European software developer TTTech Auto is backing a Paris-based spinout of Taiwanese system maker Adlink that aims to boost robotics middleware.

ZettaScale Technologies develops middleware for robotics and autonomous vehicles and aims to commercialize the edge computing, robotics and V2X-focused open source software that has been incubated at Adlink’s Paris-based Advanced Technology Office over the past five years.

 “The spinout of ZettaScale has been an important step in 2022,” said Jim Liu, CEO of Adlink. “ZettaScale is now a separate business with independent financial resources and a strong foundation in each of the key markets in edge computing, including transportation, robotics and mission critical systems. TTTech is a key ally with complementary technology and an outlook aligned with our drive to enable customers to bring to market safe, robust and secure systems that impact the physical world.”

 ZettaScale Technologies’ open source product portfolio includes the OpenSplice Data Distribution Service (DDS) for the mission critical market as well as the Eclipse Foundation-hosted Cyclone DDS and Zenoh projects, which target the robotics and autonomous vehicle markets.

TTTech Auto was founded in 2018 by TTTech Group with backing from Audi, Infineon and Samsung to build a software platform for automated and autonomous driving. In 2022, the company raised $285m (EUR 250 million) from Aptiv and Audi. Based in Vienna, it has 1,200 engineers working with car makers on software-defined vehicle, ADAS and autonomous driving programmes.

The TTTech Auto partnership will result in the creation of Motionwise Cyclone DDS, an ISO 26262-certified DDS for use in series cars. This product integrates Cyclone DDS with TTTech Auto’s Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and Motionwise real-time software products, and it will retain compatibility with established software stacks, including Robot Operating System (ROS2), Adaptive AUTOSAR, and Zenoh.

“Our safe vehicle software platform, MotionWise, and Cyclone DDS are a perfect fit to meet the upcoming automotive market requirements,” said Georg Kopetz, CEO of TTTech Auto and TTTech Group. “MotionWise Cyclone DDS, developed jointly with ZettaScale, will enable the fast deployment of flexible and safe vehicle applications. We see ADLINK, our strategic partner in ZettaScale, as a key contributor to the growing edge computing ecosystem across multiple verticals and regions with a strong commitment to customer excellence.”

The partnership with TTTech is part of a move to create an ecosystem of aligned hardware and software partners for Adlink which started with ROS and Autoware. This has expanded to partnerships with AUO for in-vehicle display systems and ARM for automotive hardware development as well as cloud-native automotive software development via the Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge (SOAFEE) platform.

Bringing TTTech, its key technologies such as TSN, and its own strategic partners into the ecosystem will strengthen each party, to the ultimate benefit of the creators of next-generation vehicles, transportation systems and robotics.

“At Adlink’s Advanced Technology Office, we were fortunate enough to grow under the umbrella of a corporation that truly understands the need for reliable middleware and connectivity technology in order for the convergence of robotics, artificial intelligence, and physical systems to happen,” said Angelo Corsaro, CEO of ZettaScale Technologies. “We are as happy to add an aligned partner for the next step of our journey in TTTech Auto. Their expertise and outlook will drive forward our mission to bring unconstrained connectivity and computation to every human and device.”

www.zettascale.tech; www.tttech-auto.com; www.adlink.com

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