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QNX, Freescale aim to speed up design turnaround time

Posted: 27 Aug 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:navigation? infotainment? automotive?

QNX Software Systems Co. and Freescale Semiconductor have joined forces to speed up design cycles for the automotive infotainment industry by integrating support for Freescale's i.MX applications processors in the QNX CAR application platform.

The two companies have been expanding their long-term alliance by building a concept vehicle based on the QNX CAR application platform and the Freescale i.MX51 processor. Shown at the Freescale Technology Forum Americas in Orlando, Florida in June 2010, the vehicle, which won Best in Show, featured integrated new mobile and cloud-based applications such as media players, a handsfree system, a virtual mechanic, and a Bluetooth stack, all running on the QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System.

Automakers and suppliers can use QNX CAR to create various applications such as digital instrument clusters, multimedia head units, handsfree systems, connectivity modules, and 3D navigation systems using pre-assembled reference implementations. Freescale's automotive i.MX processors provide a robust platform for advanced user interfaces, sophisticated video processing, and 2D and 3D graphics with multiple connectivity options and a high level of system integration.

Ken Obuszewski, director of product marketing for Freescale's Multimedia Applications Division, said the collaboration with QNX is "helping to make it faster and more cost effective for automakers to bring the latest consumer electronic capabilities into the car." QNX Software Systems business development manager Romain Saha, meanwhile, said the QNX CAR concept vehicle is the "most exciting demonstration so far of our combined capabilities in the automotive market."

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