QNX and Gracenote Bring Advanced Digital Music Technology to Freescale Media5200 Platform

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  • Freescale Media5200 platform designed to cut development costs and time for companies building feature-rich infotainment devices.
      
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    ORLANDO, Freescale Technology Forum, June 22, 2005 — QNX Software Systems, the leading OS provider for the in-car infotainment market, and Gracenote, a global leader in digital entertainment technology and content, today announced they are bringing advanced digital music capabilities to the Freescale™ Media5200 platform. The combined technologies enable tier one suppliers and automakers around the world to deliver cutting-edge digital music technologies to the market faster.

    The Freescale Media5200 platform is designed to cut development costs and speed time to deployment for companies building feature-rich infotainment devices. Coupled with the QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system (RTOS) and Gracenote’s digital music technology, the Freescale MPC5200 platform supports highly sophisticated CD ripping and music management applications that allow motorists to listen to hundreds of their favorite tunes, without fussing with CDs or jewel cases.

    “QNX is the best platform upon which partners like Gracenote can integrate their digital music and information products for the automobile,” said Andrew Poliak, automotive business manager, QNX Software Systems. “With its highly dynamic and scalable architecture, QNX Neutrino enables in-car systems to keep pace with the latest standards in digital infotainment, allowing systems deployed today to support new and enhanced features for years to come.”

    “With the advent of automotive hard drives capable of storing thousands of songs, music management in the car is the next big wave,” said Jim Hollingsworth, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Gracenote. “By working in concert with QNX and Freescale, we can equip the automobile with advanced functionality such as ‘More Like This,’ enabling users to generate instant on-the-fly playlists of their favorite music with one push of a button.”

    “QNX and Gracenote are successfully bringing the latest in-car entertainment capabilities to life,” said Bob Pinteric, operations manager for Freescale’s infotainment and telematics business. “With the added digital music capabilities to the Freescale Media5200 platform, we can provide tier one suppliers and automakers with highly reliable and feature-rich digital radio systems.”

    About Gracenote

    Gracenote is a leader in global digital entertainment technology. Formally known as CDDB, Gracenote provides critical embedded software and content to businesses that enable consumers to better manage, enjoy, and discover digital media. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Gracenote also has offices in New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Seoul, and Hong Kong. For more information about Gracenote, visit www.gracenote.com/corporate/

    About QNX Software Systems

    With millions of installations worldwide, QNX Software Systems is the global leader in realtime, microkernel operating system technology. Companies like Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, Lockheed Martin, Panasonic, Siemens, and General Electric rely on QNX technology to build ultra-reliable systems for the networking, automotive, medical, military, and industrial automation markets. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems maintains offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

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