QNX Expands Presence in China with Launch of Automotive Education Program and Technology Roadshow

Program supports technical research in 12 top engineering and automotive universities in collaboration with Texas Instruments

OTTAWA, June 13, 2011 – QNX Software Systems Limited, the global leader in operating systems and middleware for connected embedded systems, today announced its latest expansion in China with the launch of an education program in conjunction with Texas Instruments (TI), the leader in embedded processing. The companies are establishing joint labs committed to vehicle infotainment, intelligent traffic control, and general embedded systems development. The first phase of the rapidly growing program, which began in August 2010, currently supports technical research at 12 of the top engineering and automotive universities in the country.

Focusing on a total system solution of hardware and software development, this joint educational program seeks to teach university students the value of embedded development for automotive and other applications while fostering strong future industry relationships with TI and QNX Software Systems.

As part of today’s announcement, the company is also introducing a three-city China Technology Innovation Conference, beginning June 14 in Beijing. With over 50 customers in China in a wide range of markets, including industrial, medical automation, telecom, and networking, QNX Software Systems seeks to broaden awareness of the company among local technology and engineering executives. The company will showcase its industry-leading realtime operating system, development tools, and engineering services with in-depth technical demonstrations of its solutions.

“Support from leading technology companies like QNX Software Systems and Texas Instruments is helping us improve student education in the area of automotive technology," said Li Jianqiu, professor, Tsinghua University. “By providing our students with access to QNX Software Systems’ embedded software and Texas Instruments’ hardware we will be able to conduct more technical, real world-based research, design and development and also to better prepare students for life after university.”

“As the number of innovations in automotive safety and entertainment continue to proliferate, embedded development becomes increasingly more important,” said Curt Moore, business unit manager, C6000™ digital signal processors, TI. “We are excited to continue our more than 15-year history of supporting university programs in China with this joint educational program with QNX Software Systems to highlight the importance of software in a total system design to create leading innovations for the automotive market while decreasing development time and costs, as well as time to market.”

QNX Software Systems has licensed its software technology for more than 20 million in-vehicle systems worldwide, including digital instrument clusters, hands-free systems, multimedia head units, connectivity modules, and 3D navigation systems. It is used by many of the world’s biggest automotive brands including BMW, Audi, and Land Rover. The company also offers the industry’s broadest production-proven automotive infotainment ecosystem.

Other global leaders like Audi, Cisco, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens also rely on QNX® software to build reliable, scalable, and high-performance applications for markets such as telecommunications, automotive, healthcare, industrial automation, and more.

As the software complexity of embedded systems increases, so does the need for software components certified to meet stringent dependability and security requirements. To address this challenge, QNX Software Systems developed the first realtime operating system to provide both safety and security certification. QNX® Neutrino® Realtime Operating System (RTOS) Certified Plus™ allows manufacturers of mission-critical systems to significantly reduce the time and expense of certifying their end-products, including medical, automotive, and industrial devices.

Through the education program, QNX Software Systems is providing universities with software and technical support, including an embedded kit with development licenses for the QNX® Neutrino® Realtime Operating System (RTOS) and for software reference designs. Universities are also provided with the popular BeagleBoard open source community development platform, which is based on the OMAP3530 processor from Texas Instruments.

Students will also have access to QNX Software Systems’ reference implementation for digital instrument clusters to help drive new innovations in telematics and infotainment.

Participating universities include:
  • Tsinghua University
  • Zhejiang University
  • Chongqing University
  • Tongji University
  • Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Jilin University
  • Beijing Institute of Technology
  • Southeast University
  • Fudan University
  • Nanjing University of Science and Technology
  • Wuhan Institute of Technology
  • Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

“We are pleased to partner with Texas Instruments and these top universities to drive advances in automotive technology,” said Kimm Krueger, director of sales, Asia-Pacific, QNX Software Systems. “This program will not only help increase awareness and familiarity with QNX technology among tomorrow’s automotive engineers, but also to strengthen our existing partnerships in China.”

QNX China Technology Innovation Conference Demonstration Highlights QNX Software Systems will present the following demonstrations to local technology executives in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen:

  • QNX CAR™ Application Platform — The demonstration showcases the latest advances for navigation systems, digital instrument clusters, and multimedia consoles, including a re-skinnable HMI, streaming audio, Webkit browsing, and connectivity to smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Other highlights include OpenGL ES and OpenVG hardware acceleration technologies.

  • BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet — This professional-grade tablet is powered by the QNX Neutrino RTOS for fast multi-tasking and intuitive navigation. It features a 1GHz smart multi-core OMAP4430 processor from TI.

  • Medical reference demo — Showcases a flexible Human Machine Interface (HMI), connectivity to Continua Certified™ medical devices, and wireless connectivity to a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. The reference design highlights the wireless connectivity, rich graphics support, and field-proven reliability of the QNX Neutrino RTOS.

  • Building automation reference design with fastboot technology — Fastboot technology is a unique feature of the QNX Neutrino® RTOS that eliminates the need for a BIOS on x86 platforms, thereby reducing system costs and dramatically improving instant-on performance.

  • Esterel SCADE Suite® — A mission- and safety-critical control and display system which supports QNX Neutrino RTOS. SCADE Suite supports the development of multi-layered and multi-headed visual display systems with industry-standard 2D/3D graphics, OpenGL ES2.0/1.0 and hardware rendering support. SCADE is a model based development environment and is widely used in the development of Safety-Critical embedded software in aerospace and defense, rail transportation, energy, and heavy equipment industries.

About QNX Software Systems Limited

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. Global leaders such as 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 Limited is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.

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