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Rocksolid Core by Basemark Combats Chip Shortage in the Automotive Industry

January 4th, 2022

Rocksolid Core enables OEMs to “code once, deploy to multiple platforms”, alleviating concerns about future chip shortages.

Las Vegas, United States (January 4th, 2021) Leading automotive software enterprise Basemark announced today a demonstration of a key capability of its Rocksolid Core software platform for software-defined vehicles. Applications authored with Rocksolid Core can run on multiple different underlying hardware, enabling automotive OEMs to hedge the risk of semiconductor availability during mass production.

The world is currently experiencing an unprecedented semiconductor shortage. Due to this, 7.7 million units of auto industry production worldwide will be lost in 2021 alone, according to CNBC. For example, car manufacturers are dropping features like start/stop, wireless charging, heated seats, touchscreens, and satellite navigation systems.

Today’s cars can include over 85 different processors and software modules from over 50 different suppliers. Car manufacturers are looking for ways to minimize this complexity by reducing the number of needed processors. 

Until now, many car applications are developed specifically to only run on one particular hardware platform. This obviously is a risky strategy as it’s difficult to migrate the applications to different hardware should there be issues in the supply chain, or a desire to utilize more efficient newer chips.

However, applications developed on Rocksolid Core by Basemark 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. Rocksolid Core architecture 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 there’s a chip supply shortage, or a new chip comes along two years into the development that’s twice the performance and half the price? The OEM can’t migrate all that developed code to the new chip and is therefore vulnerable to bring out non-competitive solutions to the market, ” says Tero Sarkkinen, CEO and founder of Basemark. 

“We’re developing a base software layer and hardware agnostic libraries that enable OEMs to develop code that runs well on many different processors. This layer doesn’t differentiate a car from another. It’s the actual car applications that do differentiate. No OEM should have to spend time on developing non-differentiating software. Rocksolid Core is designed to do that job while increasing road safety, automated and smart mobility, and improving sustainability by reducing transport emissions.”

Basemark will attend CES 2022 from the 4th – 7th January, 2022, in Las Vegas, showcasing a live demo that demonstrates a safe HMI running on two different hardware platforms. Other technology demos include : 

  • ADAS reference implementations for lane keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control 
  • AR HUD reference implementation with our ecosystem partner Dispelix 
  • Integrated body electronics reference implementation with our ecosystem partner Tactotek 
  • Automotive SoC evaluation tool BATS

Meet us at CES 2022

For additional information:

Sami Niska

COO, Basemark


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