QNX, Freescale to Accelerate Development for Automakers

QNX Software Systems, the leading supplier of embedded operating systems, middleware, and development tools for car infotainment and telematics applications, announced a collaboration with Freescale Semiconductor to help automakers accelerate the development of next-generation telematics, infotainment, and multimedia applications. To facilitate this collaboration, Freescale Semiconductor has become a hardware sponsor of the QNX® OEM Innovation Labs (OIL) program, which provides leading-edge technology to the advanced design centers of automobile manufacturers around the world.

In addition to the full suite of QNX development software, including the QNX Neutrino® RTOS, the award-winning QNX Momentics® IDE, value-added middleware packages, and source code, qualifying members of the OIL program can now take advantage of Freescale’s highly integrated MPC5200 embedded processor. With its foundation in the highly successful mobileGT(TM) alliance and platforms, the award-winning MPC5200 serves computing-intensive applications and meets the AECQ-100 certification for extended temperature capabilities, service reliability, and extended product availability demanded by the automotive industry.

QNX also plans to support the recently announced MPC5121e embedded processor designed for automotive applications, including telematics, infotainment systems, and multimedia applications.

As part of the two companies’ mutual support and focus on speeding telematics applications to market, Freescale will jointly invest with QNX in the support for the MPC5121e processor. This joint investment will create one of the most comprehensive board support packages (BSPs) targeting telematics, making it far easier for research groups to prototype new applications and technologies.

“Freescale is an important addition to the QNX OIL initiative,” said Dave Curley, vice-president of marketing at QNX Software Systems. “Freescale’s MPC5200 and MPC5121e processors, together with the range of QNX automotive-grade software, provide an excellent platform for automakers to engage in research initiatives that support the rapid development of new software and hardware for in-car telematics, infotainment, and multimedia.”

“QNX is highly regarded by automakers, not only for its technology and tools, but for the services and support it offers to developers through initiatives like the OIL program,” said Mike Bryars, manager of the Infotainment, Multimedia and Telematics Operations Business Unit at Freescale Semiconductor. “Freescale shares this commitment to innovation, and by contributing our latest generation of hardware designed for the demands of telematics to the OIL program, we are making it easier for automakers to keep up with the demands of new technology.”

In-car Infotainment and the OIL Program
Known as the software platform provider of choice for automotive Tier One suppliers building telematics and infotainment systems, QNX Software Systems created the QNX OIL program to provide advanced technologies directly to the research groups of automakers for the specification, demonstration, and prototyping of next-generation vehicle electronics concepts. Today, more than 180 car models worldwide use QNX software to power an array of telematics and infotainment products — everything from hands-free mobile phone kits to high-end multimedia and navigation systems.

About the QNX Automotive Summit
This year, the QNX Automotive Summit is being held in three locations: Tokyo (October 24), Detroit (November 6), and Munich (November 28). It offers developers of telematics and infotainment systems a unique opportunity to learn about new automotive software technologies and to meet senior members of the QNX R&D staff.

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.

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