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Sensoria and Hitachi drive Linux-based telematics platform

Mar 5, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Detroit, MI — (press release exerpt) — Sensoria Corp. and Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc. today announced that the two companies will jointly market Sensoria's Linux-based mGate Development Platform, an open in-vehicle telematics platform based on Hitachi's SuperH RISC architecture.

Hitachi Semiconductor (America) will add mGate to its development portfolio, allowing OEMs to benefit from the industry's first open platform for developing next-generation in-vehicle computing services. Both companies are jointly demonstrating mGate this week at the SAE Digital Car Conference in Detroit.

The mGate Development Platform adds to Hitachi's line of development systems for Car Infotainment Systems and telematics applications. Hitachi's SH-4 processor provides the high processing power needed to host next-generation telematics applications such as voice recognition, text-to-speech, navigation, media players, remote Web services, and mobile workforce productivity in addition to traditional safety and security applications.

The mGate platform comes with built-in GPS receiver, cellular phone, vehicle bus interface, mass storage, and wireless LAN functionality. Supporting a robust programming environment is a high performance embedded Linux operating system with drivers and APIs for telematics related peripherals such as the vehicle bus, GPS, and cellular modem. A Java Virtual Machine is included for development of Java-based applications. The mGate Development Platform comes complete with development tools, APIs, and remote software management framework.

Developers evaluating between coding applications in Java or in the machine's native code are often limited to one or the other based on the platform capabilities. The mGate Development Platform supports APIs and software management frameworks for both Java/OSGi and C Code application implementations. This allows the developer to decide the best language for the application.

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