The electrical/electronic architectures of today’s vehicles are reaching their limits in terms of complexity and performance. Connectivity, electrification, shared mobility, and last but not least, automated and autonomous driving require great amounts of computing power. Accordingly, the central computing power with corresponding functions is concentrated in a few, but powerful central High-Performance Computers (HPCs), while Zone Control Units (ZCUs) consolidate vehicle functions in physical zones and ensure the reliable execution of tasks. This supports further decoupling of software and hardware and simplifies continuous updates and improvements to the "lifelong learning" vehicle.
As a full stack provider, Continental is your partner of choice along the entire product lifecycle from architecture definition until deployment services.
Continental’s extensive automotive experience and state-of-the-art processes, methods, and tools allow us to manage and develop HPC projects of the highest complexity.
High-Performance Computers (HPCs) form the computing backbone of the software-defined vehicle. They provide the necessary computing power for the software functions in the vehicle enabling them to be further developed throughout their life cycle. This allows vehicles to become an integral part of their users’ digital life. With HPCs at the center of service-oriented architectures, improved functions and important firmware or cyber security updates can be installed over-the-air throughout the entire lifetime of a vehicle – just as convenient as on a smartphone.
High-Performance Computers enable efficient and consistent separation of hardware and software so that both OEM and 3rd party software can be integrated and updated over the entire lifecycle of the vehicle. This allows HPCs to serve as integration platform for software and services from various providers. Hypervisors on an efficient hardware enable secure processing of feature and functions across domains.
Continental provides High-Performance Computers for all vehicle domains. A customized configuration of hardware and software building blocks allows to tailor features and functions fitting to individual customer needs.
In addition to domain-specific HPCs, Continental offers cross-domain high-performance computing solutions that enable function integration across all vehicle domains.
Continental’s flexible and scalable HPC solutions are adaptable for any vehicle architectures, e.g. Single, Stack, or Rack HPC design with innovative cooling solutions. Thus, we are able to serve all vehicle classes – from economy to premium.
High-Performance Computers consist of various hardware and software building blocks. With our modular toolkit approach, OEMs benefit from customized HPC solutions depending on their requirements.
This allows our customers to tailor features and functions fitting to their individual needs while enabling fast start of development.
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