Strategic alliance to focus on embedded solutions for medical and industrial automation markets
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Freescale Technology Forum 2011) June 22, 2011 QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in operating systems and middleware for connected embedded systems, and embedded processing leader Freescale Semiconductor [NYSE: FSL] have agreed to collaborate on the development of solutions for Freescales industry-leading QorlQ and PowerQUICC processor families. The companies intend to share IP, invest jointly in product and technology roadmaps, and work together on go-to-market activities.
Joint development will initially focus on the use of QNX® operating system software, middleware, development tools, and engineering services to create solutions for the medical, industrial automation, and general embedded markets. The collaboration is expected to produce pre-integrated and optimized solutions that deliver new levels of QNX software performance, ease-of-use, and energy efficiency for Freescales QorlQ and PowerQUICC processors.
Freescale has a long track record of maintaining a broad ecosystem of world-class partners to help our customers optimize the outstanding performance and energy efficiency of our QorIQ and PowerQUICC processor families, said Raja Tabet, vice president, Software and Enablement Technology, Networking and Multimedia of Freescale Semiconductor. QNX Software Systems is recognized globally for its highly reliable and scalable software, and we are pleased to take this important next step in our long and fruitful relationship for the benefit of our shared customers.
QNX Software Systems flagship product, the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, is recognized globally for its performance and reliability. It is used in many mission-critical systems, including the International Space Station, nuclear power plants, medical diagnostic devices, high capacity routers, and millions of in-car infotainment systems.
Freescales QorIQ and PowerQUICC processor families are recognized as leading platforms for medical, industrial automation, and other key markets, so this collaboration is important to QNX as we strive to provide our customers the broadest range of solutions possible, said Derek Kuhn, vice president, Global Marketing and Business Development, QNX Software Systems. Our world-class operating system and tool suite leverage the performance of Freescales industry-leading multi-core processors, and this expanded relationship will allow our companies to focus more closely on key business and solutions development.
About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial and networking markets. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing, and sales operations around the world. www.freescale.com
About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems Limited, 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. Audi, Cisco, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX® technology for vehicle telematics units, network routers, medical devices, industrial control systems, security and defense systems, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems Co. is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.
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