QNX Neutrino RTOS to Power Hitachi s Biscayne Platform for Telematics Development

CONVERGENCE 2002, Detroit, October 21, 2002 - In response to the growing demand by automotive OEMs for a more powerful and reliable evaluation board, QNX Software Systems announced today that BiscayneTM, the new DIN-sized telematics platform from Hitachi Semiconductor (America), will be powered by the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS. The dynamic scalability and fault-tolerance of QNX Neutrino allows Biscayne to support a variety of middleware applications, thus speeding overall development cycles and time to market for manufacturers.

In the past, few development platforms focused specifically on the telematics industry, and the ones that did generally lacked the horsepower to support multiple applications such as voice recognition and Java. As a result, OEMs struggled to build the sophisticated and feature-rich solutions that automakerss demanded. Driven by Hitachi's powerful SH7760 Camelot™ system-on-a-chip (SoC) device and the ultra-reliable QNX Neutrino RTOS, the Biscayne platform allows OEMs to build and test a rich array of middleware applications and respond to market demand for fully integrated telematics solutions.

"The Biscayne platform lets automotive equipment manufacturers deploy highly stable and reliable telematics architectures, and the vastly reduced price of the Camelot SoC is ideal for high-volume orders," said Tatsuo Yamamoto, vice president of the CIS/Telematics Business Unit at Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc. "Since Biscayne is high-powered and can support multiple middleware technologies, the need for a dependable OS is paramount. QNX's track record for making highly reliable RTOSs, combined with its experience in the telematics industry, makes QNX Neutrino one of the preferred operating systems for Biscayne."

One of two platforms being used in Hitachi's COMET (Community Enabling Telematics) initiative, Biscayne is slated for release in January 2003. The QNX Neutrino RTOS is also driving the other COMET platform, Hitachi's CIS development platform (US7751R-HRP10D). The goal of COMET is to provide vertically integrated telematics solutions to the automotive industry, galvanize middleware pieces from third-party vendors into one cohesive solution, formalize partnerships within the telematics ecosystem, and showcase the technologies included on the CIS and Biscayne platforms.

"The QNX Neutrino RTOS's fault-tolerant architecture and field-proven performance provide Biscayne with the reliability OEMs require to quickly design, test, and deploy next-generation telematics systems," said Linda Campbell, vice president of product and segment management at QNX Software Systems. "As automobile manufacturers demand richer and more complex telematics solutions, OEMs will place increased utility on platforms that allow for quick development and are inherently reliable."

More about Biscayne and CIS
Both the CIS and Biscayne platforms allow multiple telematics applications to be integrated and tested on a single evaluation board. The primary difference between the two platforms is the design of the processor and peripherals. On the CIS development board, a Hitachi SH-4 processor works in conjunction with a "daughter card" HD64404 companion chip, which stores peripheral telematics applications such as multimedia functionality. The Biscayne design combines the processor and peripherals on Camelot, making the platform better suited for headless telematics applications and high-volume production projects.

About QNX Software Systems
Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime, microkernel OS technology. The inherent reliability, scalable architecture, and small memory footprint of the QNX Neutrino RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Delphi, Siemens, Alcatel, Texaco, and Ford depend on the QNX technology for network routers, medical devices, intelligent transportation systems, safety and security systems, next-generation robotics, and other mission-critical applications. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, QNX Software Systems maintains offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, and distributes its products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.

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