Continental Body High Performance Computer (HPC)

The New Approach for Modern Vehicle E/E Architecture

Digitalization opens the door in a world of new functions and services for future mobility. But this is also exponentially increasing the amount of information and data that has to be processed. Current E/E architecture already is coming to its limits. Automotive mega trends such as automated driving, software defined cars or connected mobility require more and more intelligence and computing power. A cornerstone to overcome these challenges is the Continental Body High Performance Computer as the central element of future vehicle E/E architecture. As a central node it allows the necessary data management capabilities for cloud and IoT services.

Our Solution for Tomorrow’s Vehicles

Continental‘s Body HPC is a central element for the transition to a service-oriented vehicle system architecture. A new level of computing power and a consistent separation of hardware and software are paving the way for new functions and convenient over-the-air updates. The Body HPC is the central data hub and connection point between the vehicle and the digital world, with the ability to update and upgrade features over the vehicles life cycle. Beside this, our Body HPC enables the flexible integration of software and services from multiple vendors. All this at highest security standards.
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Cornerstone of Modern Vehicle Architecture

Body HPC Platform Realizing Individual Use Cases

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The Evolution of Vehicle Architecture

Our Body HPC offers data processing and data security features rather known from the IT industry then from classical vehicle architectures.
The Body HPC features a consistent separation of hardware and software which allows both OEM and third party software to be integrated and updated. The middleware also supports highspeed communication interfaces.
This serves for higher flexibility, integrating new applications and functions alongside with a higher level of security and performance. 
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The Body High Performance Computer fulfills central requirements such as consistent hardware/software separation by means of the basic software developed by Elektrobit based on adaptive AUTOSAR, virtualization (multiple operating systems on four virtual ECUs), security (ASIL, non-ASIL), the requirement for new business models and the integration of numerous software sources. 

The hardware of the HPC includes a microprocessor with external memory and multi-core technology. The HPC provides high-speed data interfaces and supports virtualization using hypervisor technology. The communication architecture is designed for service orientation. The middleware also supports connectivity via Gigabit Automotive Ethernet, which provides the necessary data throughput for the applications. The HPC also handles coordination of the connection to a backend and the applications available there. With regard to future applications such as automated driving, the HPC has already been designed for the fusion of sensor data.

By maintaining sufficient memory and processing power (in the HPC currently, typically more than 10 K DMIPS – Dhrystone Million Instructions Per Second), it is possible to flash new software or update existing software at any time.
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The Body HPC combines the functions of a gateway that was previously implemented separately (in connection with a telematics unit or an Intelligent Antenna Module (IAM) for cloud connection) with the functional scope of a body controller, for example, in a powerful unit. For the implementation layer of the Zone Control Units under the HPC, the server is also the interface for the traditional hardware and software inputs.
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This architecture can be used to clean up the existing E/E system in the vehicle. Reduction in stand-alone ECUs and wiring harness allow an overall EEA optimization, leading to less weight and CO² emissions. The high computing power of Body HPC enable central hosting of vehicle functions, leading to standardized and cost-effective components and functions. 
As a server, the computer offers the possibility to install additional functions from different sources over-the-air after the end of the vehicle production line. Therefore, the HPC initially appears oversized, because the existing computing power as well as the memory volume are initially only partially utilized. 
However, the maintained power buffer makes the HPC future-proof for years to come and enables the subsequent realization of new data and service-based business models (feature upgrades, new functions).

Lifelong Learning Vehicles with Continental’s Body HPC

As a leading player we are able to realize the paradigm shift to new E/E  and SW architecture.  We are the first supplier who launched a Body High Performance Computer successfully.
With our attractive and standardized offering we are able to control the whole E/E architecture from the vehicle to the cloud (hardware, system integration etc.) with all necessary building blocks including 3rd party solutions.
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Body HPC Makes the Car Future Proof

Benefits for Our Customers

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  • High computing power of Body HPC allows central hosting of vehicle functions, leading to standardized and cost-effective components and functions
  • Reduction in stand-alone ECUs and wiring harness, enabling less weight and CO2 emissions 
  • Central data and service management
  • Enhanced customer experience with possibility to update and upgrade vehicle over-the-air over the vehicles life cycle
  • State-of-the-art cyber security & extended range of vehicle diagnosis
  • High possibilities for new service businesses after the start of production
  • Integration platform for software and services from multiple vendors
  • Supporting OEs strategy of hardware-software separation /universal software architecture
  • Shorter times to market
  • Improved fault tolerance, redundancy

Our References

Continental Vehicle Server connects VW ID. Electric Vehicles. 

Continental launches world’s first mass-produced high-performance server for cars at Volkswagen as an in-car application server (ICAS1) and enables over-the-air updates in the future.

Body High-Performance Computer (HPC) was awarded as “Winner” in the CLEPA “Cooperation” category
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