TOKYO, LinuxCon Japan, May 21, 2014 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced that Renesas Electronics Corporation is increasing its engagement with Linux to become a Gold Member of The Linux Foundation and Automotive Grade Linux (AGL).
As a leading provider of semiconductors for the automotive industry, Renesas’ products are playing a key role in smart car developments. Encouraged by recent IHS Automotive estimates that global sales of Linux in automotive will rise to 53.7 million units by 2020, Renesas is aggressively investing in the open source OS as it gains traction with infotainment systems. For example, Renesas provides the latest state-of-the-art 3D graphics technology with its R-Car Systems-on-Chip lineup.
One of the first companies to participate in AGL, Renesas recently upped its engagement in the project focused on optimizing Linux for automotive use. Working with other industry leaders such as Hitachi, LG Electronics, Qualcomm Atheros and others, Renesas also co-founded the LTSI kernel, a crucial initiative working to create a usable platform for the majority of embedded systems.