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Panasonic launches virtual SkipGen on AWS marketplace

PEACHTREE CITY, GA  – Panasonic announced the availability of Virtual SkipGenTM (vSkipGenTM) on AWS Marketplace. vSkipGen is a virtual replica of the physical, 3rd generation Digital Cockpit solution, SkipGen. The vSkipGen enables automakers to decouple software development from the hardware development lifecycle, reducing time to market and help improve software quality.

Panasonic Automotive’s vSkipGen leverages the industry standard VirtIO-based device virtualization technology. It also offers several guest operating systems, including fully optimized support for Android Automotive for infotainment and Automotive Grade Linux for cluster vehicle domains. It supports needed automotive peripherals and sensor simulation for the development of modern cockpit systems. The virtual platform is truly “cloud-native.” It further utilizes the cloud servers’ computing capability to provide hardware acceleration for multimedia, graphic, audio, and display rendering.  Collectively, this enables exceptional performance and helps deliver premium experiences. 

“The vSkipGen on AWS has been designed. Those seeking to work with the most advanced Software Defined Vehicle features available today should consider this,” said Andrew Poliak, chief technology officer, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America. “Our partnership with AWS to run cockpit domains as virtual machines in the cloud is critical to ensure development teams can seamlessly work in parallel. This collaboration enables 3rd party and app development, and facilitates more predictive integration and testing earlier in the process.”

Panasonic has invested in advancing the software-defined vehicle to support market growth. Additionally, the company is working toward Panasonic’s GREEN IMPACT mission. Moreover, this automotive solution is the latest innovation to reflect the company’s environmental goals. It eliminates the need for a development or prototype hardware platform, thus saving resources and components.

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