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The AR2SEC project (ARquitecturas de alto Rendimiento para SECtores Críticos) has been selected by CDTI (Spanish Center for Technological Development and Innovation) within the “Missions of Science and Innovation 2023” program linked to the national PERTE of microelectronics and semiconductors. The project embarks on a groundbreaking venture to revolutionize processing architectures and hardware components across critical sectors including automotive, avionics, robotics, and more. This initiative is paramount in advancing functional safety in software and hardware systems where malfunctions can lead to significant consequences.

This 24-month project is led by GTD Science Infrastructures & Robotics, with the participation of FENTISS, as well as other companies such as TECHNICA Electronics and Clue Technologies, and with the support of the research centers BSC (Barcelona Supercomputing Center) and UPM’s (Polytechnic University of Madrid) Center for Industrial Electronics.

Project summary

AR2SEC will research and develop optimal approaches for the design of a set of processing architectures and microelectronic components that satisfy both common requirements in critical domains (sectors) and the specific requirements of each particular domain and application. For the same purpose, the project will also investigate the necessary software support (SW). In particular, to cover the future needs of critical sectors (SEC), AR2SEC considers the following requirements in the design of a computing system:

  • R1. High Computational Performance.
  • R2. Electronic design based on open standards (and RISC-V).
  • R3. Criticality and safety requirements.
  • R4. Configurable processing architectures.


In AR2SEC, FENTISS is responsible for providing the necessary low-level software (XtratuM hypervisor and required operating systems) for the exploitation of the AR2SEC architecture. Thus, it will be the link between user applications (use cases) and the designed hardware, providing the necessary evidence for the qualification/certification of XtratuM and LithOS in the corresponding domains. In addition, it will provide a graphical environment for the use of the observability, planning, configuration and development tools that make up the XtratuM software ecosystem.

MIG-20231014 project subsidized by CDTI (Centro de Desarrollo Tecnológico y la Innovación) and supported by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, approved in the call for the “Science and Innovation Missions” program linked to the PERTE of microelectronics and semiconductors of the year 2023 – Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan – Funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU


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