SOAFEE Software Defined Vehicles intro by Robert Day, Director, Autonomous Vehicles at Arm #ew23

Posted by – March 18, 2023
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The Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge (SOAFEE) project is an industry-led collaboration defined by automakers, semiconductor suppliers, open source and independent software vendors, and cloud technology leaders. The initiative intends to deliver a cloud-native architecture enhanced for mixed-criticality automotive applications with corresponding open-source reference implementations to enable commercial and non-commercial offerings.

Building on technologies like Project Cassini and SystemReady, which define standard boot and security requirements for Arm architecture, SOAFEE adds the cloud-native development and deployment framework while introducing functional safety, security, and real-time capabilities required for automotive workloads.

Components of SOAFEE
This is a high-level view of an automotive central compute solution stack showing hardware, software, and cloud levels. At the bottom level, standards based firmware and security interfaces ensure system integrators and software developers have a consistent platform enabling seamless secure boot and system bring-up across all compliant hardware.

The SOAFEE architecture will seek to re-use existing open standards for the different components in the framework, and will extend those standards as necessary to meet the mixed-criticality requirements of automotive applications.

SOAFEE builds on top of these specifications and standards with a reference framework to standardize key non-differentiating middle-layers, such as the hypervisor, operating systems, container runtime and hardware abstraction layers. Read more at

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