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QNX and Freescale Collaborate on Auto Tech

QNX Software Systems, a supplier of embedded operating systems, middleware, and development tools for car infotainment and telematics applications, announced a collaboration with Freescale Semiconductor to help automakers accelerate the development of next-generation telematics, infotainment, and multimedia applications.

To facilitate this collaboration, Freescale Semiconductor has become a hardware sponsor of the QNX OEM Innovation Labs (OIL) program, which provides leading-edge technology to the advanced design centers of automobile manufacturers around the world.

In addition to the full suite of QNX development software, including the QNX Neutrino(R) RTOS, the QNX Momentics IDE, value-added middleware packages, and source code, qualifying members of the OIL program can now take advantage of Freescale's highly integrated MPC5200 embedded processor.

With its foundation in the highly successful mobileGT alliance and platforms, the award-winning MPC5200 serves computing-intensive applications and meets the AECQ-100 certification for extended temperature capabilities, service reliability, and extended product availability demanded by the automotive industry.

QNX also plans to support the recently announced MPC5121e embedded processor designed for automotive applications including telematics, infotainment systems, and multimedia applications.

As part of the two companies' mutual support and focus on speeding telematics applications to market, Freescale will jointly invest with QNX in the support for the MPC5121e processor.

This joint investment will create one of the most comprehensive board support packages (BSPs) targeting telematics, making it far easier for research groups to prototype new applications and technologies.

"Freescale is an important addition to the QNX OIL initiative," said Dave Curley, vice-president of marketing at QNX Software Systems. "Freescale's MPC5200 and MPC5121e processors, together with the range of QNX automotive-grade software, provide an excellent platform for automakers to engage in research initiatives that support the rapid development of new software and hardware for in-car telematics, infotainment, and multimedia."

"QNX is highly regarded by automakers, not only for its technology and tools, but for the services and support it offers to developers through initiatives like the OIL program," said Mike Bryars, manager of the Infotainment, Multimedia and Telematics Operations Business Unit at Freescale Semiconductor.

"Freescale shares this commitment to innovation, and by contributing our latest generation of hardware designed for the demands of telematics to the OIL program, we are making it easier for automakers to keep up with the demands of new technology."

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.