DENSO and BlackBerry have jointly developed what they call world’s first integrated HMI (Human Machine Interface) platform. Intel Corp. also collaborated in the development of this product. The integrated HMI platform will enable a system which optimally cooperates and coordinates various HMI products such as display and sound inside the automobile cockpit at a low price. The joint solution will appear in successive car models scheduled for release after 2019.
Today, vehicles are equipped with multiple HMI systems, which require several device-specific operating systems to work in unison. Because the operating systems are independently controlled by multiple microcontrollers, it has not been possible to cooperate and coordinate them to display content and sound uniformly.
The integrated automotive HMI platform is believed to be the first of its kind and was developed using BlackBerry’s QNX Hypervisor for virtualization and the Intel Atom processor A3900 series. The hypervisor technology enables the independence of several operating systems with different characteristics and controls the integration with one microcomputer.
This architecture allows various HMI products to cooperate allowing necessary information to be displayed to the correct devices with appropriate timing. Furthermore, by updating the performance of one microcomputer both devices are updated which contributes to improved increase in R&D productivity and cost reduction.
As part of the integrated HMI, Intel has provided graphics sharing technology, which has been optimized for the Intel Atom processor A3900 series. The technology can prioritize and operate 3D workloads important for safety over less important workloads on the same processor.