By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk
Infineon's design centre in Bristol is part of two of the largest R&D projects in Europe for the multicore development for automotive and safety critical systems alongside embedded software house Wittenstein High Integrity Systems (HIS). The involvement in the two multimillion euro ARTEMIS projects is covered in the current issue of SiliconSouthWest. With over 50 silicon designers, Infineon's Bristol centre will be working on new multicore versions of its TriCore microcontroller for a European electric car design based on real time embedded technology and for safety critical systems. For the safety elements, the design of the controller has to be fully documented and verified with new safety critical design techniques developed.
The €26m RECOMP project is looking at the isolation of safety-critical parts of systems using multicore technology, allowing software updates without the need for re-certification. There are 41 participants from 8 countries, with Wittenstein HIS in Bristol and the UK arm of Thales alongside Delphi, TUV SUD, EADS and Intel.
Infineon is working on a dual core version of its TriCore microcontroller for several of the demonstrators being developed in the three year project. These will cover automotive, aerospace, industrial control systems, lifts and transportation systems. The project aims to provide reference designs and platform architectures, together with the required design methods and tools, for achieving cost-effective certification and re-certification of mixed-criticality, component based, multicore systems for a European standard reference technology.
The €36m POLLUX project aims to develop the architecture, component design and prototyping of a electric/hybrid vehicle embedded systems architecture. The project - Process Oriented Electrical Control Units for Electrical Vehicles Developed on a multi-system real-time embedded platform - has 35 participants from 12 countries and is led by Fiat alongside ST Microelectronics, NXP, ON Semi, Continental, PSA Peugeot Citroen and Thales. Other UK organisations involved are QinetiQ and the University of Sheffield.
The Bristol Design Centre will be working on the specifications, design and development of another multicore microcontroller architecture, again based on TriCore, producing chips for the subsystems and demonstrators in the next two years.