QNX Announces Advanced Realtime Support for Freescale’s i.MX31 Multimedia Applications Processors

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  • QNX Software Systems announces expanded support for Freescale processors aimed at the burgeoning multimedia applications market.
  • QNX will support i.MX applications processor family from Freescale’s Wireless and Mobile Systems Group.
  • QNX will leverage innovative multimedia technologies it developed for the in-car infotainment market to grow its customer base in markets such as portable navigation and digital infotainment.
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    FREESCALE TECHNOLOGY FORUM, Orlando, July 26, 2006 - To meet the growing demand for multimedia support in the burgeoning consumer-oriented embedded products market, QNX Software Systems announced today it will expand its support to include Freescale Semiconductor’s i.MX31 applications processors. Currently, QNX Software Systems supports Freescale products aimed at networking, in-car infotainment, and general embedded applications.

    QNX’s success in the automotive infotainment market has drawn attention from other market segments, such as portable navigation devices and handheld products. Manufacturers of such devices are looking for advanced operating system architectures that support a wide range of multimedia formats and capabilities for embedded applications, while still retaining critical realtime characteristics, reliability, and excellent performance. Like devices in the car, portable handheld products have become more complex and feature rich, including digital music playback, media storage, DVD playback, and Internet connectivity. Working with Freescale, QNX will be well-positioned to leverage its market knowledge and technology innovation into the wider range of wireless, handheld, and multimedia devices.

    Freescale’s i.MX31 processor is based on ARM11™ technology and designed for portable media players, portable navigation (GPS) devices, multimedia cellular phones, and a host of other mobile infotainment applications. The i.MX31 processor, together with the advanced architecture of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, offers excellent video rendering with processing power to spare for performing other tasks simultaneously.

    “Customers outside of the automotive industry are interested in leveraging the innovative technologies that QNX developed for infotainment and telematics applications, particularly in markets where the use of operating systems and software rife with bugs and performance problems is no longer tolerated,” said Randy Martin, product marketing manager for graphic solutions at QNX Software Systems. “We see the audio and video capabilities of the Freescale i.MX product line synergistic with our consumer and multimedia directions.”

    “Partly through our work with QNX, i.MX31 has gained a lot of traction in the automotive sector. We're seeing this same exciting momentum in the handheld consumer markets as OEMs and ODMs are evaluating our i.MX multimedia processors,” said Brandon Tolany, director of multimedia operations for Freescale. “The QNX Neutrino RTOS, coupled with our i.MX product line, provides manufacturers a compelling solution from two market leaders with an extensive history tackling demanding embedded designs.”

    QNX will demonstrate its suite of advanced graphics capabilities, including accelerated 2D and 3D rendering, graphics layering, and multimedia support, at the Freescale Technology Forum, July 24-27 in Orlando.

    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.

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