Automakers have been undergoing revolutionary changes to meet rising consumer expectations, growing regulatory requirements and increasing car connectivity. The coming internet-connected vehicles present a daunting security and performance design problem. Safeguarding the automotive control systems from consumer-installed applications is critical for system integrity and risk management. These systems will generate massive amounts of data about system status and users' personal applications, some of it quite sensitive. The increasing value of this data makes cars a prime target for exploitation that can potentially compromise a vehicle's operation if proper precautions are not taken. In addition, to meet consumerization automotive trend, the latest embedded processors used in automotive devices, feature multiple cores with numerous connectivity options that can run a variety of real-time operating systems alongside general purpose ones like Linux. Virtualization, especially in conjunction with a Hypervisor that provide TrustZone support, allows these devices to extend features and functionality and simplifies lifecycle maintenance via reliable upgrades. It helps manufacturers to deal with licensing and IP separation as well as software reuse.
Felix Baum is working in the Product Management team of the Mentor Graphics Embedded Software Division, overseeing the virtualization and Multi-OS and Multi-Core technologies. Felix has spent nearly 20 years in the embedded industry, starting his career as a developer (rocket scientist) at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory designing flight software for various spacecrafts and managing a launch campaign for the GRACE mission. During the last few years he led product marketing and management efforts for various real-time operating system technologies and silicon architectures, working with customers on the development of highly optimized devices for a broad range of industries, including Aerospace, Networking, Industrial, Medical, Automotive and Consumer. Felix holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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