Joint Vehicle Server Reference Design: NXP & GHS

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GuardKnox, NXP, and Green Hills Software have partnered to introduce a vehicle compute solution based on NXP’s S32G vehicle network processor and Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS. The solution introduces a consolidated, scalable, dynamic, and secure vehicle compute platform based on a single System-on-Chip (SoC) mixed-criticality platform that empowers OEMs and Tier suppliers to offer functionality as a service while decreasing the development and end solution cost. 

The partnership is bridging the gap in the automotive value chain where traditional market players are required to implement, innovate and introduce technological advancements needed to enable emerging Zonal Electrical/ Electronic (E/E) architectures using new types of hardware and software technologies


The automotive landscape and traditional supply chain are undergoing a paradigm shift. No longer is the vehicle viewed as a simple transportation mechanism, but as a mobility service or the mobility experience that it provides. The traditional approach of designing a vehicle’s E/E architecture, cannot scale to meet future demands as the automotive industry has responded to the consumer trends by gradually adding more and more ECUs, millions of lines of code, and hundreds of specialized suppliers and parts to the modern vehicle to increase functionality. The current E/E architecture has reached its scalability limits and can only be surpassed by a technological shift. Furthermore, new-age consumers demand a personalized and immersive driving experience, founded on the concept of application hosting and downloading

Use cases


Consolidation of legacy ECUs to Vehicle Server/Gateway Domain Controller


Consolidation of Domain Controllers to Vehicle Server


Secure application hosting Zonal Gateway


  • High speed switched Ethernet communication network for ultra-fast communication and digital traffic
  • Consolidating multiple functions that are traditionally served by separate ECUs into multipurpose and multi-role ECUs 
  • Wiring Optimization due to consolidation of ECUs and digital traffic – reduced weight, length, and cost
  • Functionality as a service that can address the needed flexibility, security, and agility for the software-defined vehicles.

About NXP and Green Hills Software

About NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors N.V.  (NASDAQ: NXPI) enables secure connections for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better, and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the automotive, industrial & IoT, mobile, and communication infrastructure markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has approximately 29,000 employees in more than 30 countries and posted revenue of $8.88 billion in 2019. Find out more at

About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software is the worldwide leader in embedded safety and security. In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178 RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership comprised of NSA & NIST) to EAL 6+, High Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved for any software product. Our open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the military/avionics, medical, industrial, automotive, networking, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software at

Additional Resources

More about our joint solution

GuardKnox, NXP, and Green Hills Software Partner to Develop Advanced, Secure Automotive Platform for the Next Generation of Vehicle Architecture

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The current E/E architecture has reached its scalability limits. These limits can only be surpassed by a technological shift, leading to even more challenges.

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Software-Defined Vehicles Enabled by NXP, GuardKnox and Green Hills Software

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