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Automotive infotainment middleware debuts

Nov 2, 2010 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 28 views

Jungo Ltd. announced a Linux-ready middleware stack for automotive infotainment applications. The Automotive Connectivity Middleware offers a complete media and networking infrastructure, including wireless connectivity, phone management, and integration with mapping and telematics functionality, says the company.

The Automotive Connectivity Middleware supports QNX, Windows CE, and ulTRON, in addition to Linux. This cross-platform reach enables OEMs to "rapidly introduce innovative infotainment solutions, leveraging the same codebase across different systems, including personal, local and internet connectivity," says Jungo.

Touted Automotive Connectivity Middleware features include the following:

  • support for the Apple iPod, iPhone, and other smartphone devices
  • wireless protocols, including USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G
  • media management, including indexing and streaming playback
  • phone management, including placing calls and phonebook management
  • Internet connectivity software
  • open platform for easy integration with mapping and telematics applications

The Automotive Connectivity Middleware appears to be based on Jungo's MediaCore middleware, which is said to offer full support for the iPod, mobile phones, MP3/MP4 players, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, flash drives, local hard disks, CD/DVD, MTP, and USB mass storage devices. In addition, MediaCore offers an integrated database, as well as media accessing, indexing, retrieving, and streaming functions, says Jungo.

Jungo's MediaCore middleware architecture
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MediaCore supports processors from companies including Analog Devices, Freescale, Renesas, and NXP, says Jungo. The middleware also offers wider compatibility than does the Automotive Connectivity Middleware, supporting VxWorks and other real-time operating systems (RTOSes) in addition to the OSes listed above.

Jungo background

Jungo has been releasing Linux-ready embedded software tools since at least 2001, and was acquired by the NDS Group in January 2007. At the time, the company billed itself as specializing in embedded PCI/USB device-driver toolkits and Linux software stacks targeting residential and business edge routers and set-top boxes. Now it prefers to be known as a "provider of broadband home value-added service solutions."

Jungo's flagship products include OpenRG (residential gateway software platform) and OpenSMB (small and medium business gateway software platform), as well as connectivity software solutions for USB and PCI, including the WinDriver cross-platform driver development toolkit.

The company also offers a DriverCore middleware stack that helps expose a variety of native communication interfaces via USB to different operating systems and platforms. Its USBware software, meanwhile, is a small-footprint embedded USB software protocol stack.

Jungo Ltd. is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has an R&D center in Israel.

Stated Jungo connectivity software general manager Ophir Herbst, "Jungo's connectivity middleware solution makes it easy for in-car infotainment manufacturers to integrate a comprehensive media access, control and streaming infrastructure into their products."


Jungo's Automotive Connectivity Middleware appears to be available now. The company's in-car connectivity page may be found here. More information about Jungo's related MediaCore middleware may be found here.

Jungo will be showing its middleware at Telematics Munich 2010, held in Munich, Germany on Nov. 3-4. Jungo is a sponsor of the event, and the company's software business manager Mickael Khalifa will address the conference's Content & Services track on the "proliferation of operating systems and the purposes for which each is most appropriate," says Jungo.

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