Elektrobit Launches EB xelor

CIO Review Europe | Wednesday, January 27, 2021

EB xelor brings production-proven software from EB, open-source and third-party software together, along with tools and services that are critical for HPC environments but won't necessarily differentiate one vehicle from another.

FREMONT, CA: Elektrobit, a visionary international vendor of embedded and connected software products for the automotive industry, launched EB xelor, an industry-first software platform built to optimize the development of next-generation automotive electronics architectures based on high-performance computing (HPC). EB xelor provides car manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers with a safe, reliable, and easily upgradable software base for connected and intelligent cars, enabling them to focus less on automotive infrastructure and more on innovation and profitability: developing unique features and functions for their vehicles.

EB xelor brings production-proven software from EB, open-source, and third-party software together, along with tools and services that are critical for HPC environments but won't necessarily differentiate one vehicle from another. By choosing EB xelor, carmakers and Tier 1s can save the time, resources, and staff required to source and integrate these elements independently. Based on its experience with carmakers on production projects involving software for HPC architectures, EB conservatively estimates savings of up to 30 percent in overall engineering costs.

EB xelor combines a high-performance functional safety software stack based on Linux and Adaptive AUTOSAR, a real-time and safety software stack based on Classic AUTOSAR using EB tresos—a hypervisor—plus software for HPC updates and platform health management capabilities. It also comprised of tools and services to automate builds and facilitate integration. The EB xelor platform is optimized for HPC environments using leading system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices from NXP and Renesas.

"The automotive industry is experiencing a drastic change. Every car maker is grappling with how to deal with the increased complexity of vehicle electronics engineering systems. It is requiring them to effectively 'reinvent' their vehicle architectures and become experts at procuring and integrating non-differentiating software, unnecessarily draining resources and pushing budgets to their limits," explained Maria Anhalt, Chief Technology Officer at Elektrobit.

While EB xelor is a novel product, it is based on software and technology used in vehicles on the road today.

"Elektrobit is currently the only company that has all the pieces of the puzzle to make a platform like EB xelor possible," said Ian Riches, vice president, Global Automotive Practice, at the research firm, Strategy Analytics. "OEMs and Tier 1s can certainly try to source these elements on their own, but Elektrobit has already done that work for them, with pre-integrated and production-proven software that is already on the road today. Using such a platform could be a significant boost in terms of overall savings and time to market."

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