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Middleware simplifies design of in-car multimedia devices

Posted: 18 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:QNX Software Systems? design processes? in-car entertainment? in-car multimedia app? in-car multimedia devices?

QNX Software Systems introduced the QNX Multimedia Solution, which is touted to deliver the first middleware product that simplifies the design process for in-car multimedia devices.

Announced at the this week's Convergence 2006 Automotive Electronics Conference, the middleware solution includes an embeddable media player and supporting multimedia software that allows automakers and suppliers to build digital information and entertainment platforms. The product claims intelligent connectivity, full customization and automotive-grade control.

The middleware includes audio and video playback and audio record features. It can also extend the functionality of an in-dash stereo to connected devices such as iPods. To personalize the user experience, the QNX Multimedia Solution can identify any CD, DVD, USB flash disk, or audio/video stream, and automatically synchronize the content on that media source with a customizable database.

The QNX technology also supports multiple independent users with multiple device types, and with multiple playback and record paths. It supports such features as time shifting, trick play (fast forward), and multi-view content presentation on a shared screen.

The middleware package includes device drivers, encoders/decoders, and databases. QNX has established itself as the leader in operating system technology for in-car telematics and infotainment, said Dan Dodge, QNX CEO, and is now "moving up the stack" to provide middleware for automotive suppliers.

- Richard Goering
EE Times

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