Issue: Jun 2010


QNX to Provide Software Platform for Next-Generation Audi Infotainment System



by Dan Thornton

QNX Software Systems, the global leader in operating systems and middleware for the in-car telematics and infotainment market, today announced that Audi has chosen the QNX® Neutrino® operating system as the software platform for Audi's next-generation high-end infotainment system.

The new infotainment system will leverage several QNX technologies, including the QNX multimedia suite, which provides seamless integration with smartphones, media players, USB drives, and other mobile devices; QNX symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), which allows the system to take full advantage of its high-performance ARM Cortex-A9 multi-core processor; and QNX transparent distributed processing, which helps reduce overall hardware costs.

Audi's decision to use the QNX Neutrino RTOS is the latest development in a long and successful relationship between the two companies. QNX Software Systems already provides the operating system and multimedia middleware for Audi's MMI System, including the new MMI generation in the 2010 Audi A8, the first automotive system to provide 3D navigation powered by Google Earth.

"QNX provides a comprehensive, production-proven software platform that lets us focus on delivering state-of-the-art information and entertainment services to the vehicle, while allowing motorists to drive safely," said Mathias Halliger, head of Architecture MMI System, Audi AG.

"Through its automotive-grade technology and professional services, QNX is focused on helping customers like Audi deliver visually compelling and media-rich infotainment systems in less time and at lower cost," said Dan Dodge, CEO, QNX Software Systems. "We are absolutely delighted that Audi has chosen QNX for its next-generation infotainment system, and honored that we will continue to contribute to Audi's strong reputation for quality and innovation."

QNX Software Systems has licensed its software technology for more than 17 million in-vehicle systems worldwide, including digital instrument clusters, handsfree systems, multimedia head units, connectivity modules, 3D navigation systems, and rear-seat entertainment products. The QNX Neutrino RTOS forms the foundation of the QNX CAR application platform, which accelerates the prototyping and productizing of in-vehicle systems through an innovative business model and pre-integrated technologies from a broad ecosystem of industry leaders.

About Audi

Audi of America, Inc. and its 271 U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. During 2009 Audi outsold all other luxury brands in Europe, while in the U.S. market Audi posted the largest market share gain of any luxury automotive brand. Between 2010 and 2012, the Audi Group plans to invest about 5.5 billion euros, mainly in new products, to sustain the Company's technological lead. By 2015, Audi plans to increase the number of models in its portfolio to 42. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX® Neutrino® RTOS, QNX Momentics® Tool Suite, and QNX Aviage® middleware together provide the industry's most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.


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