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Issue: Jul 2016


HARMAN Software Update Gateway Delivers Secure OTA Updates to the Entire Car



Partners with NXP as the First Go-to-Market Partner

by Nick Palmen

-HARMAN (NYSE: HAR), the premier connected technologies company for the automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced the launch of its HARMAN Software Update Gateway product with go-to-market partner NXP Semiconductors (NXP®) as the latest addition to the HARMAN Software Management portfolio. NXP’s secured gateway processors, embedded with the new HARMAN update management technology, will enable every ECU, regardless of memory, CPU or network resource, to benefit from secure OTA updates.

In the past, updating ECUs in the car required a recall. Today, OTA updates are delivered only to the infotainment and telematics systems. Now, all ECUs, such as those running advanced driver assisted systems (ADAS), brakes and airbags, can be updated -- eliminating the need for OEMs to issue a physical recall and greatly enhancing the consumer’s user experience with HARMAN’s Software Update Gateway and NXPs secured gateway processors. In addition, the software gateway can be installed on any car network gateway using NXP’s secured gateway processors eliminating direct contact with the Internet-connected telematics unit – a feature that greatly enhances the security of all OTA updates.

“HARMAN’s OTA Software Management has been the leading and most widely deployed solution in the automotive industry for a number of years. We have taken this technology to the next level and created a software gateway that, for the first time, brings true end-to-end secure connectivity to the car making it possible for every ECU – large or small – to be updated with the latest fixes, features and functions that OEMs want to deliver to consumers,” said Oren Betzaleli, General Manager, OTA and VP, Marketing for HARMAN Connected Services.

NXP is the world leader in automotive semiconductors and is leading in-vehicle networking processor innovation. The MPC574xG secured gateway processors, are the 3rd generation device family in this market segment and the most advanced gateway processors on the market today, currently being designed into many premium cars.

“The ability to securely update software in the vehicle is essential,” said Jake Alamat, General Manager, Connectivity & Security Products for NXP Automotive Microcontrollers & Processors Business Line. “Adding HARMAN’s software update capability to the gateway processor adds tremendous value for OEMs, who now can update the software on all components of the vehicle with this solution, using minimal overhead while eliminating vehicle downtime during Flash updates.”

About HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 29,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $6.7 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.



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