QNX Software Systems, the market leader in operating systems and middleware for in-car telematics, infotainment, and navigation systems, announced that the QNX Neutrino® RTOS now supports the Fujitsu Microelectronics Jade system-on-chip for automotive graphics applications. This support furthers QNX Software Systems’ ability to drive new advancements such as virtual instrument clusters, the automotive industry’s newest innovation for car interiors.
Advances in display technologies and consumer demand have automakers phasing out current mechanical or vacuum-fluorescent display clusters. Automakers are moving to new LCD-based, software-controlled virtual instrument clusters, which offer refreshing new ways to integrate traditional cluster information (speedometer, tachometer, clock) with navigation displays, backup cameras, music playlists, phones, and other forms of digital content.
Virtual clusters can intelligently reconfigure themselves to enhance the driving experience (for example, by replacing a tachometer with a backup camera when the driver shifts into reverse). They can also help reduce driver distraction by eliminating the need to look down at radios, MP3 players, cellphones, and other devices. QNX and Fujitsu have a long and productive alliance in the in-car computing industry, including joint production for infotainment systems in cars from Daewoo, Hyundai, Holden (GM Australia), Mercedes, Samsung-Renault, Ssangyong Motors, and other automakers.
“Traditional instrument clusters that include speedometers, tachometers, and clocks are being phased out as more and more digital content becomes available to drivers,” said Andrew Poliak, director, worldwide automotive sales, QNX Software Systems. “As the software engine behind these new virtual instrument clusters, QNX is once again driving innovation inside the car. Through this alliance, QNX and Fujitsu are set to unleash a new level of personalization for drivers by enabling them to integrate and use iPods, phones, maps, and GPS information in real time, based on particular needs.”
Designers from leading Tier 1 automotive suppliers are already using the QNX board support package (BSP) for Fujitsu’s MB86R01 Jade to build next-generation instrument clusters. QNX offers advanced graphics support for Jade’s integrated Coral PA graphics processor, including Adobe Flash Lite and accelerated 2D/3D graphics based on OpenGL ES. In addition, Jade’s CAN controller is complemented nicely by QNX instant device activation technology, allowing the system to respond to CAN wakeup messages from a cold or low-power state without the need for costly auxiliary communications processors.
“Fujitsu and QNX have long been leaders in advancements for in-car information and entertainment systems, and QNX support for our new Jade system-on-chip raises the level of opportunities for automotive designers worldwide,” said Markus Mierse, director, Graphics Competence Center at Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe. “Jade is optimized for applications such as on-board mobile navigation systems and graphical dashboard systems, and driver demand will continue to enhance the in-car experience and lead to applications never thought to be possible.”
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) is a major supplier of semiconductor products. The company provides advanced systems solutions to the automotive, digital TV, mobile telephony, networking and industrial markets. Engineers from design centres dedicated to microcontrollers, graphics controllers, mixed-signal, wireless, multimedia ICs, and ASIC products work closely with FME’s marketing and sales teams throughout Europe to help satisfy customers’ system development requirements. This solutions approach is supported by a broad range of advanced semiconductor devices, IP, and building blocks.
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, QNX Momentics® development suite, and QNX Aviage® middleware together provide the industry’s most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, 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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