Automotive computer chip maker NXP introduces new platform

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – NXP Semiconductors NV, the biggest maker of computer chips for cars, said on Thursday it had introduced a new platform that will simplify and speed up software development for its customers.

The platform, which integrates software from partner companies and a new series of advanced NXP chips, makes it possible to standardize software development for many of the growing number of electronics systems used in cars.

NXP’s customers include major car manufacturers and their primary or tier-1 suppliers, whose new platform is used for power management, data processing and networking throughout the car. It will not be used for advanced driver assistance systems or main screen displays.

“Our role is to stay in the background and take the pride to the OEMs,” said Henry Ardevol, general manager of automotive at NXP, referring to customers.

Software partners on the platform include “the movers and shakers of the automotive industry … as it relates to the intermediate software stack … that sits between the operating system and the actual application,” he said.

These include Accenture, Archermind, BlackBerry QNX, Electrobit, ETAS, Green Hills Software, Sonatas, Synopsys, TTTech Auto, Vector Informatik GmbH and Wind River.

He said the measure of success of the platform will be whether it reduces software development time and adoption.

With a market capitalization of $63 billion, NXP is headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands and is listed on Nasdaq. The name of the new platform is S32 CoreRide.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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