DENSO and BlackBerry develop integrated automobile HMI platform

December 14, 2017 ECD Staff

KARIYA, Japan and WATERLOO, ONTARIO. DENSO Corporation and BlackBerry Limited, along with collaboration from Intel, have jointly developed an integrated Human Machine Interface (HMI) platform. The integrated HMI platform will enable a system which cooperates and coordinates various HMI products, such as display and sound, inside the automobile cockpit. The joint solution will appear in successive car models scheduled for release after 2019.

The integrated automotive HMI platform 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. For example, it will be possible to communicate a heads-up or a warning through expressions on the display with the right timing. Additionally, through cooperation between instrument cluster and navigation center displays, it is now possible to show animation with a sense of unity between the navigation screen in the meter screen. Furthermore, by updating the performance of one microcomputer, both devices are updated.  

As part of the integrated HMI, Intel has provided a graphics sharing technology that 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.

DENSO and BlackBerry will have booths at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas held from January 9 - 12, 2018. The integrated HMI platform will be displayed in DENSO’s booth located at 1917, North Hall.

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