Embedded software development company RT-RK and Telechips, a system-on-a-chip (SoC) provider for the automotive sector, have integrated RT-RK’s containerized Android solution on Telechips’ Dolphin 3 SoC.
During 2022, both RT-RK and Telechips invested in the partnership to deliver advanced and collaborative solutions for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI). As leading OEMs adopt Android Automotive, the duo has focused on the enablement of the open source operating system to meet an array of market requirements.
As per the announcement, RT-RK’s mARTini product – the company’s most advanced solution for supporting Android apps within Linux-based IVI systems – is fully integrated and tested on Telechips’ Dolphin 3 SoC, targeting a Yocto-based IVI solution.
Containerization has several advantages over the current and widely used hypervisor approach in support of both Linux and Android. These advantages include the Android user interface being invisible, with no impact on an OEM’s brand identity, dynamic and optimized memory allocation (leading to Bill of Materials optimization) and cost savings by excluding the hypervisor license fee.
“The demand for a containerized Android Automotive solution is increasing and remains one of the fundamental approaches for OEMs to retain full control over the IVI software while being able to benefit from the Android Automotive trend,” said Nikola Teslic, CEO at RT-RK. “We are highly focused on our goal to fill in the gap for a commercial-grade containerized Android solution that can scale for the OEM, thus enabling cost efficiency, secure roadmaps and a support structure. Partnering with a world class SoC provider such as Telechips is essential to achieving this goal.”
“One of the most significant values that Telechips can offer to the market is to make it easier to accelerate the time to market by proactively reviewing and preparing for various market requirements in advance, ultimately reducing lead times to deliver customer requirements,” commented Dennis BongGee Song, head of R&D Center at Telechips.
“Through this partnership, RT-RK and Telechips are highly regarded to have realized a value for faster time-to-market by responding to the requirements for a container solution that both companies can provide to the customer. In addition, it is expected to create more synergy through future cooperation by increasing understanding of each solution/SoC between the two companies.”