Montavista wants to adapt its consumer-electronics and mobile expertise to the car (Photo: MontaVista)

MontaVista and Finland's Rightware Oy are developing a GENIVI-compliant in-car infotainment platform that uses the Linux operating system.

The two companies said in a press release that the product uses Rightware's 3d user interface product, which is called Kanzi, on top of a GENIVI compliant MontaVista Linux.

Rightware is a Finnish maker of 3D user-interface technology. MontaVista, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cavium Networks, is a specialist in embedded Linux commercialization.

MontaVista's Linux platform supports high-performance graphics, multimedia capability and various modes of internet connectivity. It also offers media and music management, contacts management, email and internet browser and GPS location aware services.

Rightware's Kanzi allows speedy design, development, testing and deployment of various different 3D user interfaces.

The company's automotive infotainment product is designed so it can be easily integrated. Dan Cauchy, vice president marketing and business development at Monta Vista, said: "No other company can offer this level of functionality and experience for Linux-based solutions in automotive.”

Added Rightware CEO Tero Sarkkinen: "Rightware’s goal is to provide the best high-end 3D user interface solution for these systems and enable car manufacturers to deliver whole new, fantastic user experiences with their brands."

GENIVI is an automotive and consumer electronics industry association that is driving the development and adoption of an open in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) reference platform. Such a platform should support vehicle infotainment applications such as music, news and multimedia as well as navigation and location services, telephony and internet services.