Collaboration enables Cortex-A78AE software compute platform

Collaboration enables Cortex-A78AE software compute platform

Collaboration enables Cortex-A78AE software compute platform

Green Hills Software is collaborating with Arm in the development of a next-generation software compute platform for complex safety-critical tasks such as automated driving and critical industrial systems.

Green Hills has announced working prototypes for the Arm Cortex-A78AE core, establishing what it is calling ‘a clear path’ for early adopters of the core for use in high-performance critical electronic systems.

At the heart of the Green Hills offering is the INTEGRITY real-time operating system (RTOS) and C/C++ development tools that provide the certified safe and secure software foundation for SoC manufacturers and end-customers supporting the Cortex-A78AE core, which has been designed for complex and mission-critical functions in automated driving and critical industrial systems.

The amount of software controlling critical systems is increasing and is being consolidated from smaller processors onto more centralised high-performance units.

Arm Cortex-A5x and Cortex-A7x-based SoCs with the INTEGRITY RTOS and virtualisation have been widely deployed in safety and security-critical systems. The next generation of these systems will incorporate the Cortex-A78AE core, and Green Hills is working with Arm to utilise the capabilities of the core in order to support systems that require even higher performance, more complex software, mixed criticality workloads, including open source software while simultaneously delivering high assurance for safety and security.

The Cortex-A78AE is Arm’s highest performance safety-capable CPU, with the ability to run different, complex workloads for autonomous applications. The core delivers a 30% performance uplift compared to its predecessor and supports features to achieve the relevant automotive and industrial functional safety standards, ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 for applications up to ASIL D/SIL 3.

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