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OTTAWA, March 24, 2009 QNX Software Systems, the global leader in operating systems and middleware for the in-car telematics and infotainment market, today announced a new release of its award-winning QNX® Aviage® Acoustic Processing Suite, a software product that reduces the cost and improves the quality of automotive handsfree systems.
Built on proven technology deployed in more than 60 vehicle platforms from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Fiat, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and other automakers, the QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite replaces dedicated voice-processing hardware with a small, efficient software solution. The kit uses patented algorithms to extract the human voice from noisy car interiors and to eliminate echoes, thereby improving the clarity and user experience of handsfree phone conversations.
The new release of the QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite introduces several new features, including:
Highly customizable, the QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite offers a modular library of software algorithms for system designers. This modular architecture, along with support for multiple processors and DSPs, allows system designers to easily update, modify and reuse the kit across multiple product lines. As a result, customers can maximize investments in development and reduce production costs.
QNX Software Systems has been raising the bar for high-quality in-car speech communications by actively participating in ITU-T standardization activities with several automakers, automotive suppliers, service providers, test equipment manufacturers, and academia. The ITU-T (Telecommunication Standardization Sector) coordinates standards for telecommunications on behalf of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite serves as the reference for several automotive OEMs, against which all other solutions are measured, said Andrew Poliak, worldwide automotive sales director at QNX Software Systems. The suite not only enhances the clarity, quality, and intelligibility of the handsfree conversations, but also lowers the production cost of handsfree communication systems, making them affordable for a wider variety of vehicles, including economy models.
In October, the QNX Aviage won the 2008 Elektra Award for embedded system product of the year. Organized by Electronics Weekly, the annual Elektra awards recognize excellence and innovation in the electronics industry.
The QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite is a planned component of the QNX CAR initiative, which provides automotive OEMs and tier one suppliers with a pre-integrated set of technologies for rapid prototyping and production.
Availability and hardware support
The QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite 1.3 is available now. The suite runs on a variety of 32-bit CPUs and DSPs, including ARM9/11/Cortex, SH-2/4+, Power Architecture, i.MX3x, x86, and TI C64x DSPs. The suite supports multiple operating systems, including the QNX Neutrino® RTOS, µITRON, Linux, and WinCE.
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, QNX Momentics® development suite, and QNX Aviage® middleware together provide the industrys most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, 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.
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