2018 YunQi Conference Shenzhen Summit was held last week at Sheraton Shenzhen. Alibaba showcased their technology and products in the field of Cloud Computing, Big Data, AI and IoT, and gave an analysis on the trend of these technologies. Mr. HU Xiaoming, GM of Alibaba Cloud said: ‘in the past 20 years, the internet has been ‘Internet of People’; for the next 20 years, it will be ‘Internet of Things’. The first half of the game is to digitalize human activities, such as e-commerce, social, entertainment, etc, thus cultivated today’s booming internet market, behind such evolution is 4 billion internet users worldwide. The second half of the game will be to digitalize the entire physical world – roads, cars, forests, rivers, factories… even a trash bin will be abstracted into the digital world and connected to the internet, to achieve ‘thing’ to ‘thing’ communication, and ‘human’ to ‘thing’ interaction. This will be a more profound technology change, and a brand new productivity revolution.
In the Internet of Things era, automobiles, as the largest smart terminal have drawn great attention. The industry sees smart/connected cars as the future direction of automotive development. On this YunQi Conference, Intel and Alibaba demonstrated their leadership in this area. Recently, the two companies had joined forces and launched the next generation e-cockpit solution based on AliOS and Intel architecture, aiming for providing automotive manufactures and tier-1 suppliers with diversified options for hardware-software integration meeting the demands for system integration, and to enrich local ecosystem and accelerate product development process and continuous innovation.
英特尔为汽车应用配备了强大的硬件平台和软件平台，其中全新一代车规级芯片家族Apollo Lake具有强大的计算力和负载整合功能并具有多个高清视频输出接口，满足下一代电子座舱需求；英特尔Linux 基金会近期发布了轻量级的虚拟化软件–ACRN，其代码仅有大约 25K，具备高效的实时性和严格的安全性特点，并能通过开源平台不断优化功能设计，以确保未来汽车从底层到上层最大化满足整个系统的安全要求。
Intel provided a powerful hardware and software platform for automotive applications. Apollo Lake is a next generation automotive-grade chip family, features strong computing power and workload integration capability, and multi hi-res video output interfaces to meet the requirement of next generation e-cockpit. Plus ACRN – a lightweight virtualization software recently announced by the Linux Foundation, which has only 25K lines of codes, designed with real time and safety criticality in mind, and optimized with open source platform, which ensures future automotive can meet the security requirement of the entire system to the greatest extent from the bottom to the top layer.
基于 AliOS和英特尔全新一代车规级芯片家族Apollo Lake研发的下一代电子座舱，将更多数字化内容引入座舱内，利用Apollo Lake处理器强大的计算能力和AliOS丰富的生态使电子模块部分从分立走向整合，大大提升人机交互和多屏幕的数字仪表/车载信息娱乐体验。通过基于ACRN虚拟化软件技术实现同时多个操作系统的区隔运行，使得各系统具有的不同特性能够满足于不同子功能的应用需求。
Next generation e-cockpit based on AliOS and Intel’s Apollo Lake, the new automotive-grade chip family, brings more digital contents into the e-cockpit. With the computing power of Apollo Lake and enriched ecosystem of AliOS, the discrete electric module parts are getting integrated, which significantly improves human-machine interaction and the experiences with digital meters/IVI system with multi-screens. With ACRN virtualization technology, it runs multi-OS simultaneously with isolation, enables different features of each system to meet application requirements of different sub-functions.
Mr. Andy Xu, Director of TSD from Intel China said: ‘In the past, we need two chips for workload integration, one chip to control the entertainment system, the other one to control the meters system. Now we could use just one chip, which runs two OS through virtualization, that means implement two functions on one set of hardware, this is the trend for future e-cockpit. For such integration, it requires the system provider has long-term experience in security and virtualization solutions. Intel is a global leader in virtualization technology. We’ve commercialized virtualization technology first on servers, and we have a 100-person team in Shanghai who contributed lots of code to develop ACRN virtualization software, in hope to provide computing power and workload integration service for automotive industry. This is our technology advantage’.
On this YunQi Conference, ACRN joined the demo with AliOS on Intel platform. Running on Intel Apollo Lake family of chips boast greater fluency and allows more customization for the system. Furthermore, there’s no need to re-write codes, you can build new applications on top of the existing system.
Unlike any other open source hypervisor software existing today, ACRN is an open source reference hypervisor designed specifically for embedded IoT development.
ACRN is a flexible, lightweight hypervisor recently released by the Linux Foundation and suitable for automotive application. Intel had significant contribution to the system design and code. ACRN was built with real time and safety-criticality in mind, and could continuously optimize its functional design through open source platform.
ACRN is comprised of two main components: the hypervisor and its device model, complete with rich I/O mediators. Intel’s experience and leadership in virtualization technology was key to the initial development of this hypervisor solution.
From enterprises perspective, developers will benefit from ACRN’s features such as small footprint, real-time performance. It’s flexible enough to handle different use cases while talking safety-criticality into consideration.
For Intel, IA already supports all in-vehicle infotainment operating systems in the market, including AliOS. With AliOS’s comprehensive and rich local ecosystems, Intel and AliOS will provide more automotive manufacturers with excellent in-vehicle innovative application experience. For AliOS, by leveraging Intel’s rich experience and advanced products in the field of automotive electronics, and its rich ecosystems, AliOS will significantly improve the experience of in-vehicle human-machine interaction as well as multi-screen digital meters and in-vehicle infotainment, so as to provide automotive manufacturers with integrated infotainment systems and better services.