Saturday, June 25, 2016

New platform by QNX


By: S’nenhlanhla Mnqayi

QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited announced the latest addition of its portfolio of automotive safety products, which is the QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters.

This new platform is set to enable the customers to deliver compelling user experiences of their vehicles while addressing stringent safety requirements.
Digital instrument clusters constitute is one of the fastest growing segments in automotive electrons. It uses its sophisticated 2D and 3D graphics, these devices can display traditional instrument cluster information, such as speed and RPM, as well as rich, context sensitive information supplied by other vehicle subsystems, including turn-by-turn directions, local speed limits, rear-view camera video and collision warnings.

According to the Strategy Analytics, the combined demand for hybrid and fully digital instrument clusters will increase from 8.7 million units in 2015 to 42.2 million by 2023.
QNX has become the leading software supplier for vehicle infotainment, with deployments in over 60 million cars. Since 2009, QNX technology has also been powering digital instrument clusters in vehicle brands such as Alfa Romeo, Audi, Corvette, Jaguar and Range Rover.
According to this leading technology company, these QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters builds on expertise to help customers create cluster solutions that offer a superior user experience while satisfying stringent safety requirements.

The new QNX’s platform that offers a comprehensive solution for instrument cluster developers includes, the QNX OS for Safety, an ISO 26262 that supports all of the automotive safety integrity levels, from ASIL A to ASIL D, a 2D/3D graphics framework that is based on Open GL and it works together with the ISO 26262 for functional safety standard, a software framework that projects safety-critical cluster functions and a reference implementation with source code, that gives developers a jumpstart on building fully digital instrument clusters.
“We are seeing growing interest in ISO 26262, which has emerged worldwide as a leading standard for automotive functional safety, especially in the software domain,” said Heinz Gall, Head of the Functional Safety& Security Business Unit.

To further accelerate development, the QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters will support application design tools from members of the QNX automotive ecosystem, such as Crank Software’s Storyboard Suite, DiSTI Corporation’s GL Studio, Elektrobit’s EB GUIDE, and Rightware’s Kanzi UI software.

This rich selection of tools will enable customers to choose the UI technologies and design approaches that best address their project requirements.
“QNX has become an automotive leader by offering comprehensive, one-stop solutions that allow customers to focus on differentiation and time-to-market, rather than on low-level
integration efforts,” said John Wall, Senior Vice President and Head of QNX Software Systems.
He also added that “The new QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters brings this proven approach to the digital cluster market, enabling faster development and helping customers reduce the effort and risk of qualifying their end-products to safety standards such as ISO 26262.”
The QNX Platform for Instrument Clusters is scheduled to be available to select customers under an early access program starting in August 2016.

For more information you can visit this site  and follow @QNX_News.


By: S’nenhlanhla Mnqayi

QNX launched the acoustics software and already it has shipped in over 50 million automotive systems.

QNX Software Systems Limited, in subsidiary with Blackberry Limited announced that its acoustics software for hands-free voice communication has been given a lot of support particularly in telematics and infotainment systems.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) encourages automakers to adhere to standards for in-vehicle call quality that QNX Software Systems helped to develop.
“The quality of hands-free communications can make or break the driving experience, which is why so many automakers and tier one suppliers rely on QNX acoustics technology. It is engineered to enable the best possible UX, to eliminate the cost of dedicated hardware, and to simplify the tuning of complex acoustics systems,” said John Wall, the Senior Vice President and Head of QNX Systems.

About 20 automakers, including Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, GM and Honda, now use this newly introduced QNX acoustic software to enhance the user experience of their vehicles, and every 2.5 seconds it works well with these vehicles.

He also added and said that, “Being deployed in over 50 million systems by nearly 20 automakers is a testament to the value that our acoustics expertise brings to the industry, and to the trust customers place in our production-proven technology.”

It has been confirmed that QNX acoustics technology runs on a rich choice of automotive hardware and software platforms, such as the QNX Neutrino OS and it has been deployed in over 60 million vehicles worldwide.

This leading systems company has brought in these systems to improve the quality of communicating inside the vehicle so that everyone can be heard and the driver to be heard as well. By implementing these systems it will create a sense of having a distraction-free experience.
The QNX Acoustics for Voice offers better quality calls through support for Voice-over-IP calling and Voice-over LTE technologies and they provide with these software systems:

QNX In-Car Communication

A revolutionary technology that enhances the driver’s voice, allowing the passengers in the back seats to hear the driver clearly, even when the vehicle is driving at highway speeds.
This type of system helps in such a way that instead of the driver turning around or shouting to be heard, the driver can speak normally and continue to focus on the road without being disturbed.
QNX technologies for improving in-vehicle sound quality
This includes QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control, which reduces the low-frequency engine “boom” noise caused by modern fuel-saving techniques, and QNX Acoustics for
Engine Sound Enhancement, which enables automakers to create and maintain unique engine sound that enhance the appeal of their vehicles.

This includes QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control, which reduces the low-frequency engine “boom” noise caused by modern fuel-saving techniques, and QNX Acoustics for Engine Sound Enhancement, which enables automakers to create and maintain unique engine sound that enhance the appeal of their vehicles.
QNX Acoustics Management Platform (AMP)

This system combines all of the above technologies into an integrated solution. QNX AMP allows automakers to manage the total sonic experience of their vehicles, while reducing system costs and complexity.

For more information you can visit this website and follow @QNX News on Twitter. For updates on the company’s automotive work, follow @QNX Auto and visit

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