QNX and Freescale team up to speed automotive infotainment design cycles - Embedded.com

QNX and Freescale team up to speed automotive infotainment design cycles

Shanghai, Freescale Technology Forum – QNX Software Systems Co. has announced that the QNX CAR Application Platform now supports Freescale Semiconductor’s i.MX applications processors for automotive. The CAR Application Platform provides automakers and suppliers with pre-assembled reference implementations designed to speed time to market and reduce the risk and cost of building sophisticated in-car infotainment systems. Customers can use QNX CAR to build a variety of applications, including digital instrument clusters, multimedia head units, handsfree systems, connectivity modules, and 3D navigation systems.

Freescale’s automotive i.MX processors are designed for applications that require advanced user interfaces, video processing, 2D and 3D graphics, multiple connectivity options, and a high level of system integration. The i.MX processors are designed to enable advanced device connectivity in the automotive environment.

QNX has developed a concept vehicle based on the QNX CAR Application Platform and the Freescale i.MX51 processor to demonstrate how a host of new mobile and cloud-based applications can be integrated into the automobile. In June 2010, the concept vehicle won Best in Show at the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) Americas in Orlando, Florida. All software components in the car – including the QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System, touchscreen user interfaces, media players, Bluetooth stack, handsfree integration, and a virtual mechanic – are based on QNX CAR and the Freescale i.MX51.

“Freescale is a key QNX partner, and the QNX CAR concept vehicle is the most exciting demonstration so far of our combined capabilities in the automotive market,” said Romain Saha, business development manager at QNX Software Systems. “Freescale’s i.MX processors have processing capacity to meet the demands of not only today’s advanced automotive applications, but also the next generation of cloud-based in-vehicle computing.”

For more information on the QNX CAR Application Platform, visit www.qnx.com/products/qnxcar/.

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