Software-defined tech promises remedy for chip shortage

January 11, 2022 // By Nick Flaherty
Software defined tech aims at automotive chip shortage 
Rocksolid Core enables OEMs to code once and deploy to multiple platforms, alleviating concerns about future chip shortages says Basemark in Finland

Finnish software developer Basemark has demonstrated a key capability of its Rocksolid Core software platform for software-defined vehicles to address the shortages of semiconductor devices in automotive designs.

Applications built with Rocksolid Core can run on multiple different underlying hardware, enabling automotive OEMs to hedge the risk of semiconductor availability during mass production.

Today’s cars can include over 85 different processors and software modules from over 50 different suppliers and car makers are looking for ways to minimize this complexity by reducing the number of needed processors. During the chip shortages car makers have been dropping features such as start/stop, wireless charging, heated seats, touchscreens, and satellite navigation systems in order to get vehicles off the production line.

Many car applications are developed specifically to only run on one particular hardware platform, making it difficult to migrate the applications to different hardware should there be issues in the supply chain, or a desire to use more efficient newer chips.

Applications developed on Rocksolid Core can be deployed to various target hardware more easily. This “code once, deploy to multiple platforms” approach makes it easier for OEMs to use alternative chips or use fewer chips overall by utilizing software to a greater extent across their entire portfolio of cars. 

The Rocksolid Core architecture also requires fewer processors compared to conventional models, resulting in savings in both electronics and software. For example, with Rocksolid Core, ADAS functions, the digital instrument cluster, and heads-up display can be run with just one processor. 

“A large OEM can have a software team of several thousands of engineers developing car applications like ADAS functions, instrument cluster, heads up displays, and more. What’s crazy is that oftentimes these teams are using one chip-specific development tool and their code only runs on that particular chip. Now, what happens if

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