Companies collaborate to bring the performance and scalability of symmetric multiprocessing to in-car infotainment and telematics systems.
OTTAWA, CANADA AND CAMBRIDGE, UK Oct. 16, 2006 - QNX Software Systems and ARM [(LSE:ARM)]; (Nasdaq:ARMHY)] today announced at Convergence 2006, Detroit, MI, their collaboration in symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) solutions for automotive multimedia applications. QNX, the leading vendor of realtime operating systems and middleware for the in-car telematics and infotainment market, currently supports the ARM11 family for automotive multimedia applications and is working with ARM to extend that support to the ARM11 MPCore multicore processor. QNX is a member of the ARM® Connected Community and is collaborating with ARM to accelerate the adoption of SMP technology in the automotive market and to provide software flexibility in the development of reliable, high-performance multimedia and navigation systems.
Car manufacturers and tier-one suppliers today face the challenge of designing system architectures that can support changing system requirements for the many years of production and the lifetime use of a vehicle. Furthermore, the requirements for telematics and infotainment systems vary widely across manufacturers and geographic regions, making it imperative that in-car systems are designed to be as flexible as possible, said Andrew Poliak, automotive segment manager, QNX Software Systems. Together, QNX and ARM are working to deliver an integrated, highly scalable symmetric multiprocessing solution that addresses the high performance, low power, and design consistency demanded by automotive manufacturers.
The ARM11 MPCore synthesizable multicore processor can be configured to contain between one and four processors, delivering an aggregate performance of 3100 Dhrystone MIPS while consuming less than 950mW (TSMC 90G, excluding caches). The QNX® Neutrino® RTOS offers a patented, highly optimized implementation of SMP, allowing applications to take full advantage of multicore hardware. It also supports bound multiprocessing (BMP), an innovative multiprocessing model that combines the scalability and performance of SMP with simplified migration of existing in-car software applications.
The automotive-grade reliability of the QNX Neutrino RTOS makes it a strong choice for in-car infotainment and telematics systems, and will serve as an excellent complement to the ARM11 MPCore multicore processor, said Wayne Lyons, director, Embedded Solutions, ARM. ARM and QNX are collaborating to streamline the design of multiprocessor systems, giving developers the flexibility to optimize performance, minimize costs and integrate additional functionality as needed to support the advanced in-car multimedia systems of the future.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.About ARM
ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from mobile, home and enterprise solutions to embedded and emerging applications. ARMs comprehensive product offering includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, 3D processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals, software and development tools, as well as analog functions and high-speed connectivity products. Combined with the companys broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.com.About the ARM Connected Community
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