QNX Broadens Leadership in Automotive Market with Support for Renesas Technology s Sequoia Platform


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  • Early support of the Renesas Sequoia platform demonstrates QNX’s leadership in applications for the in-car telematics and infotainment market.
  • The Renesas Sequoia platform offers a highly comprehensive automotive-grade platform for CIS and telematics applications.
  • Future-proof reliability of the QNX Neutrino RTOS combined with Renesas’ SH-4A-powered platform will accelerate the development of automotive solutions, including Bluetooth and GPS applications.
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    OTTAWA, May 24, 2006 - QNX Software Systems today announced that it will add support for Renesas Technology’s Sequoia automotive platform to the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS. This early compatibility for the latest SuperH® RISC processors and associated development platforms from Renesas further strengthens QNX’s position as a global leader in operating systems and middleware for the in-car telematics and infotainment market.

    Based on Renesas’ SH7397 system-on-chip, Sequoia offers a highly comprehensive, modular automotive-grade reference platform for car infotainment systems (CIS) and telematics applications. Through Renesas’ Community Enabling Telematics (COMET) partnership program, developers can leverage the company’s SH-4A-powered platform along with technology from leading software providers such as QNX Software Systems to accelerate the development of automotive solutions. Sequoia’s expandable baseboard also provides support for numerous peripherals and optional expansion interfaces for modules, including Bluetooth, GPS, or user-defined functions.

    “The mission-critical reliability of the QNX Neutrino RTOS makes it one of the most popular foundations for telematics and infotainment developers,” said Paul Sykes, segment marketing manager, automotive business unit at Renesas Technology America, Inc. “The combination of QNX technology and the Sequoia platform translates into a fine-tuned development system that helps to shave precious design cycles off of the research and planning process for Tier One suppliers.”

    “Telematics and infotainment devices now permeate all car makes and models, and as the market for in-car technology continues to grow, making sure that these applications are future-proof is a crucial requirement,” said Andrew Poliak, automotive segment manager at QNX Software Systems. “We are committed to working with partners like Renesas to create seamless development solutions that are easily customizable and that meet the stringent reliability requirements of automakers.”

    To support the Sequoia platform, QNX Software Systems is developing a board support package (BSP) that is expected to be available in 3Q2006.

    QNX and In-car Infotainment

    More than 140 car models worldwide use QNX software technology for an array of telematics and infotainment products — everything from hands-free cell phone kits to high-end multimedia and navigation systems. Besides providing the ultra-reliable QNX Neutrino RTOS, QNX Software Systems offers advanced 3D/2D graphics for navigation displays, instant-on technology for ultra-fast bootup times, embedded web browsers, multimedia frameworks, fault-tolerant file systems, and a variety of other technologies optimized for the automotive market.

    For more information about Renesas, visit www.renesas.com.

    For more information about the COMET consortium, visit www.comet-alliance.com.

    About QNX Software Systems

    QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS and QNX Momentics® development suite together provide the industry's most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.

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