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RTI, NXP Partner to Accelerate Autonomous Vehicle Development

by Renee Knight

Real-Time Innovations (RTI) and NXP Semiconductors are partnering to develop the next-generation of production-track autonomous vehicles. 

As part of the partnership, RTI Connext Drive, the company’s automotive-grade connectivity software based on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) Standard, now runs natively on NXP’s automotive-grade S32G vehicle network processors, according to a news release. This makes a zonal electrical/electronic (E/E) architecture through a flexible, modular and scalable platform possible, connecting the entire system from safety domain to backend across all ecosystems. 

The companies are also working to integrate Connext Drive with Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) on the S32G network processor and SJA1110 network switch. This will provide predictable delivery, time synchronization and bandwidth allocation for automotive applications. It also expands functionality through redundancy, reliability, monitoring, a rich type system and content-based filtering. 

“The autonomous vehicle market is experiencing exponential growth and manufacturers face many challenges,” RTI Automotive Market Development Director Pedro López Estepa said, according to the release. “As OEMs pivot to the autonomous future, their vehicles require a more flexible, software-driven architecture to accommodate the real-time information flow both within and surrounding the car. Together, RTI and NXP are working to solve the hard challenges related to in-vehicle communication: the need for a proven, high performance, scalable and flexible autonomous vehicle architecture that reduces the risk, high costs and steep time commitment of in-house solutions.”

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