(Yicai Global) March 4 -- RT-Thread Technology, developer of the open-source internet-of-things operating system RT-Thread, is launching an OS for vehicles called ‘Chengxuan,' as the Chinese tech firm moves into the intelligent auto sector which is becoming increasingly defined by its software.
Although Real-Thread is a newcomer to the automotive field, it is an expert in microcontrollers and RT-Thread is one of the most used embedded operating systems on the market, said Chief Operating Officer Zou Cheng.
The firm aims to become a basic software provider for vehicles and for its OS to be widely used in smart cars, Zou said. To achieve this, it will start by working closely with companies in the automotive supply chain and join in industry software standard formulation. Next it will apply its solutions on mass produced vehicles. And it will begin to explore overseas expansion in 2025 and 2026, he added.
So far Shanghai-based RT-Thread has been making good progress. It has cooperated with chipmakers such as Holland's NXP and Germany's Infineon as well as US artificial intelligence imaging firm Black Sesame Technology. The Chengxuan platform will soon be applied on a mass scale in fields like intelligent driving real-time operating systems.
RT-Thread's RT-Thread OS, which has been installed in more than 1.4 billion units from smart homes to wearables, includes the security system RT-Thread Secure Auto, micro-operating system RT-Thread Smart Auto, virtual system VMRT-Thread Hypervisor and unified message bus vmBUS, said Chief Executive Officer and founder Bernard Xiong.
It can be used in millimeter wave radar, lidar, domain controllers, intelligent sensors, split dashboards, head-up displays, three-power modules and other scenarios through partnerships with top tier developers like California-based Black Sesame and Eindhoven-based NXP.
RT-Thread also offers one-stop development tools such as RT-Thread Studio, VS Code + Smart extension that support application source-level debugging, vehicle application layer modeling and other tools for developers.
Open Is the Future
RT-Thread advocates a more flexible and open “white box” mode to better help carmakers carry out differentiated innovation, unlike the “black box” model adopted by many foreign counterparts, Xiong said.
"We expect the automobile industry to become more open in the future,” Xiong said. “All RT-Tread's codes are accessible to original equipment manufacturers, and our development and application modes can be made fully open to our partners. The RT-Thread Smart microkernel OS became open source in October 2020,” he added.
Data security is still a major challenge in smart vehicles, said Xiong, adding that there is still a long way to go for RT-Thread to be commercially applied even though the company has obtained some security certifications.
Editor: Kim Taylor