Basemark launches ISO 26262 compliant graphics solution for automotive HMI systems

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Automotive software developer Basemark has released details of what is said to be the industry’s first toolchain, graphics runtime and instrument cluster implementation that uses the OpenGL SC 2.0 API on automotive grade hardware. The implementation is safety certifiable according to ISO 26262 functional safety requirements up to level ASIL B.

The company notes that functional safety requirements are of course important in automotive systems such as braking and steering, but also in cockpit displays. Modern vehicle instrument clusters show critical advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) information to the driver, and these clusters must also comply with functional safety standards.

Basemark has collaborated with two other companies, CoreAVI and Imagination Technologies, to enable new solutions with popular automotive hardware. CoreAVI’s VkCoreGL SC 2 OpenGL and SC 2.0 libraries are running on its VkCore SC Vulkan-based graphics and compute driver on NXP’s i.MX 8 hardware; and Imagination Technologies’ drivers are running on Renesas R-Car H3 hardware. Basemark says its Rocksolid graphics engine is capable of running on both of these platforms, thereby creating a separation of hardware and software.

“We are delighted to work with such leading technology companies as CoreAVI and Imagination Technologies,” said Tero Sarkkinen, CEO and founder of Basemark. “Both companies are true experts in functional safety, and together we are today presenting a full end-to-end solution with appropriate tooling that any OEM or Tier 1 company can immediately take into use and design and deploy instrument clusters and head-up displays with dynamic content, all according to functional safety requirements.”

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