Adlink spins out ZettaScale with strategic investment from TTTech Auto

Rodney Chan, DIGITIMES, Taipei 0

Adlink Technology, a developer of edge computing solutions, has announced a strategic investment by TTTech Auto int ZettaScale Technologies, an Adlink spinout focused on developing middleware for robotics and autonomous vehicles.

The investment, which is subject to regulatory approval, provides a strong foundation to commercialize the edge computing, robotics and V2X-focused open source software that has been developed and incubated at Adlink's Paris-based Advanced Technology Office over the past five years, the company said.

"The spinout of ZettaScale has been an important step in 2022," said Jim Liu, CEO of Adlink. "ZettaScale is now a separate business with independent financial resources and a strong foundation in each of the key markets in edge computing, including transportation, robotics and mission critical systems. TTTech is a key ally with complementary technology and an outlook aligned with our drive to enable customers to bring to market safe, robust and secure systems that impact the physical world."

ZettaScale's open source product portfolio includes OpenSplice Data Distribution Service (DDS) for the mission critical market as well as the Eclipse Foundation-hosted Cyclone DDS and Zenoh projects, which target the robotics and autonomous vehicle markets. The TTTech Auto partnership will result in the creation of Motionwise Cyclone DDS, an ISO 26262-certified DDS for use in series cars, Adlink said. This product integrates Cyclone DDS with TTTech Auto's Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) and Motionwise real-time software products, and it will retain compatibility with established software stacks, including Robot Operating System (ROS2), Adaptive AUTOSAR, and Zenoh.

"Our safe vehicle software platform, MotionWise, and Cyclone DDS are a perfect fit to meet the upcoming automotive market requirements," said Georg Kopetz, CEO of TTTech Auto and TTTech Group. "MotionWise Cyclone DDS, developed jointly with ZettaScale, will enable the fast deployment of flexible and safe vehicle applications. We see Adlink, our strategic partner in ZettaScale, as a key contributor to the growing edge computing ecosystem across multiple verticals and regions with a strong commitment to customer excellence."

This partnership represents the latest step for Adlink in the creation of an ecosystem of aligned hardware and software partners targeting a robust and future-proof automotive value chain. This began with taking leadership positions in ROS and Autoware, and has expanded to partnerships with AUO for in-vehicle display systems and Arm for automotive hardware development as well as cloud-native automotive software development via the Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge (SOAFEE) platform. Bringing TTTech, its key technologies such as TSN, and its own strategic partners into the ecosystem will strengthen each party, to the ultimate benefit of the creators of next-generation vehicles, transportation systems and robotics.