QNX Announces Next Generation Hands-free Software

QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite 2.0 supports best-in-class hands-free communication in cars.

OTTAWA — October 18, 2011 — QNX Software Systems Limited, a global supplier of software, tools, and engineering services for the in-car telematics and infotainment market, today announced that the QNX® Aviage® Acoustic Processing Suite 2.0 is now available to automakers and automotive Tier One suppliers to build high quality hands-free solutions. QNX Software Systems’ best-in-class acoustic processing software is used by 18 automakers on over 100 vehicle platforms in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Drivers are rapidly adopting hands-free communication, which must provide a high level of accuracy and clarity, even in a noisy automotive interior. The QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite is a field-tested solution for the receive- and send-side of hands-free calls that manages acoustic echo cancellation (AEC), noise reduction, wind blocking, dynamic parametric equalization (DPEQ), high frequency encoding, and bandwidth extension. The suite helps automakers develop hands-free solutions cost-effectively by eliminating the need for dedicated acoustic processing hardware and by shortening the tuning process from days to hours.

New features of the suite include:

  • Advanced noise reduction — Operates independently across sub-bands and removes noise at the specific frequencies where it is found, thereby minimizing audio distortions and significantly improving call clarity. Can also reconstruct speech that is otherwise masked by noise, enabling even greater reduction of low-frequency road and engine noise for a higher quality hands-free call.

  • Automatic delay calculation and compensation — Can automatically calculate and compensate for audio system delays, thereby eliminating almost all required product tuning and enabling automakers to save significant deployment time and expense.

  • Off-Axis noise rejection — Rejects sound not directly in front of a microphone or speaker (off-axis), allowing dual-microphone solutions to hone in on the person speaking for greater clarity and intelligibility.

The suite now also supports larger vehicle chambers.

Systems that use the QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite include the recently announced OnStar® FMV, an aftermarket rearview mirror that features core OnStar services such as automatic crash response, turn-by-turn navigation, and hands-free calling.

“The use of hands-free calling in cars is increasing tremendously and QNX Software Systems’ acoustic processing expertise supports some of today’s most advanced in-vehicle solutions,” stated Derek Kuhn, Vice President, Global Marketing and Business Development, QNX Software Systems. “One of the industry’s best-kept secrets is the team of QNX engineers who have developed this acoustic processing software used by many of the world’s leading automakers to deliver high quality in-vehicle experiences.”

For more information on the QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite, visit: QNX® Aviage® Acoustic Processing Suite.

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. 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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