QNX and Freescale Team Up to Accelerate Design Cycles for Automotive Infotainment

sidebar] QNX CAR Application Platform now supports Freescale i.MX applications processors, including the i.MX51, for automotive infotainment.

Preintegrated support for i.MX processors reduces time-to-market for automakers developing multimedia head units and other infotainment systems.

Concept vehicle based on QNX CAR platform and i.MX52 processor awarded Best in Show at FTF Americas 2010. [/sidebar] SHANGHAI, Freescale Technology Forum, August 24, 2010QNX Software Systems Co., the global leader in operating systems and middleware for the automotive telematics and infotainment market, today announced that the QNX CAR Application Platform now supports Freescale Semiconductor’s i.MX applications processors for automotive. This pre-integrated support builds on the long-term automotive alliance between QNX and Freescale, and will help speed time-to-market for customers creating infotainment systems with sophisticated graphics and connectivity features.

The QNX CAR Application Platform provides automakers and suppliers with pre-assembled reference implementations designed to reduce the risk and cost of building sophisticated in-car infotainment systems. Customers can use QNX CAR to build a variety of applications, including digital instrument clusters, multimedia head units, handsfree systems, connectivity modules, and 3D navigation systems.

Freescale’s automotive i.MX processors are designed for applications that require advanced user interfaces, sophisticated video processing, 2D and 3D graphics, multiple connectivity options, and a high level of system integration. The i.MX processors are designed to enable consumer electronics user experiences and advanced device connectivity in the automotive environment.

QNX has developed a concept vehicle based on the QNX CAR Application Platform and the Freescale i.MX51 processor to demonstrate how a host of new mobile and cloud-based applications can be integrated into the automobile. In June 2010, the concept vehicle won Best in Show at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) Americas in Orlando, Florida. All software components in the car – including the QNX® Neutrino® Realtime Operating System, touchscreen user interfaces, media players, Bluetooth® stack, handsfree integration, and a virtual mechanic – are based on QNX CAR and the Freescale i.MX51.

“QNX CAR is quickly becoming one of the software foundations of choice for automotive telematics and infotainment applications,” said Ken Obuszewski, director of product marketing for Freescale‘s Multimedia Applications Division. “By building on our collaboration with QNX, we are helping to make it faster and more cost effective for automakers to bring the latest consumer electronic capabilities into the car.”

“Freescale is a key QNX partner, and the QNX CAR concept vehicle is the most exciting demonstration so far of our combined capabilities in the automotive market,” said Romain Saha, business development manager at QNX Software Systems. “Freescale’s i.MX processors have processing capacity to meet the demands of not only today’s advanced automotive applications, but also the next generation of cloud-based in-vehicle computing.”

QNX Software Systems will demonstrate the QNX CAR Application Platform running on Freescale i.MX processors this week at the FTF in Shanghai.

About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems Co., a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM; TSX:RIM), is a leading vendor of operating systems, middleware, development tools, and professional services for the embedded systems market. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, vehicle telematics units, industrial control systems, medical instruments, security and defense systems, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems Co. is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.

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