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Sonatus Discusses Software Foundation for SDVs

We ask Sonatus CEO: "What’s the ‘proper’ software foundation for SDVs?"
Sonatus discusses Software Foundation of SDV

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By Junko Yoshida

The guest for Episode 5 in our weekly “Dig Deeper on SDV” video podcast series is Jeffrey Chou, CEO and Founder at Sonatus.

Airing at 9:00AM PT, Wednesday, June 26, this episode will focus on “Software Foundation for SDV.”

Sonatus is a leader in developing key software building blocks for software-defined vehicles.

Chou, who has deep roots in the data center world, explains why and how hardware-based server farms had to become software-defined data centers a couple of decades ago. The auto industry now faces the same transition. “There is a clear parallel,” Chou noted. 

Just as data centers could not grow and scale up while keeping all servers in hardware, the future of a vehicle must go software-defined, Chou insists. As more sensors and services squeeze into cars, automakers need a software-defined vehicle that can handle a fast-mounting workload.

A good software foundation will enable vehicle designers to virtualize CPU, networking, connectivity and storage securely and safely, he explained. 

The episode includes Chou’s blunt assessment of SDV development today – both in terms of software and hardware architecture.

Our previous episodes on this Dig Deeper on SDVs series are now available for on-demand playback.

Phil Amsrud, associate director, Automotive, S&P Global Mobility, set the stage with an overview of software-defined vehicles, including solutions to mysteries like: What is it? Who’s it for? and Why do we need it?
Episode 1Plabyback for Episode 1

Jack Weast, Intel Fellow and VP and GM at Intel Automotive, discuss why Intel is back in the automotive market, and how the processor giant believes it can leverage its data center experience to SDVs. Episode 2 is a unique opportunity to hear from Weast, who’s now shepherding Intel’s global automotive business from Beijing. 
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Phil Koopman, professor at Carnegie Mellon Univ., best known for his expertise in autonomous vehicle safety, teaches embedded system design and leads research on safe and secure embedded systems. In this episode, he weighs in on the SDV by asking his signature question: #didyouthinkofthat?
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Sebastien Clamagirand, senior vice president, automotive system engineering & marketing at NXP Semiconductors, discusses how NXP takes pride in having led the charge on the evolution of the MPUs that must come deeply integrated with safety and security. Integrating cores is hard, but “the hardest is to ensure freedom from interference,” said Clamagirand.
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