USA: According to a recent news, Red Bend Software has announced that Red Bend’s Firmware Over-the-Air (FOTA) Update Installer will be integrated with Vector’s Flash Bootloader (FBL) and the two companies will work together to co-market the solution. Red Bend enables a way to perform firmware updates by downloading just the differential of the current and next software version. This can be done either through the vehicle communication bus or over-the-air (OTA) to automotive electronic control units (ECUs) on the production line and after a vehicle has been sold to the consumer.
As in news, Vector’s FBL uses several components to reprogram ECUs, including a bootloader, flash driver and flash scripts resulting in a compact solution for reprogramming ECUs efficiently and according to the process requirements of the OEM. Red Bend’s FOTA updates only the changes (the delta) between firmware versions deployed on the ECU without having to send the entire new firmware. Together, the joint solution will reduce warranty costs and OPEX by:
• Car manufacturer–Time and money savings through the fast programming and updating of the ECU on the production line, as well as in-field updates
• Consumer–Assurance that their car is being maintained efficiently throughout the lifetime of the vehicle and less time is spent on maintenance
• Tier one supplier–Ability to introduce innovative and differentiated solutions together with reducing the risk of software updates in production
Lori Sylvia, EVP of Marketing, Red Bend, said: “The automotive industry is quickly learning to take advantage of the technologies already proven in the mobile industry. Vector is a strategic partner for Red Bend. This tight integration of our two products is the next step to ensure the growing amount of software on ECUs is always updated quickly and securely.”
Armin Happel, product manager responsible for the Flash Bootloader at Vector, said: “Red Bend is a trusted partner and we are excited to work together to bring our joint solution to the growing world of telematics. Together, we will offer a unique, holistic solution to securely, safely and efficiently update the entire ECU lineup. This solution will have significant cost- and time-saving benefits for tier one automotive suppliers, car manufacturers and consumers.”