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QNX and Qualcomm announce first In-car Infotainment system powered by Snapdragon Automotive Solutions

By Bla1ze on 7 Jan 2014 10:12 am EST
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Aside from the fresh QNX Technology Concept Car based on a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, QNX has also done some with with Qualcomm on the QNX Jeep Wrangler and will be showing off the first automotive implementation of the complete Snapdragon Automotive Solutions. 

We're excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies on their entry into the automotive infotainment market," said Derek Kuhn, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, QNX Software Systems. "With its high degree of integration, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A processor can help automotive companies realize significant cost savings, as well as leverage the rich graphics and HMI capabilities of the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment.

Snapdragon Automotive Solutions include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A applications processor with support for high-resolution, sophisticated graphics and HMIs, facial, gesture and voice recognition, high-quality audio processing and image stitching, and multiple HD displays and cameras. Qualcomm Gobi 3G/4G LTE modems bring industry standard multimode cellular connectivity, and Qualcomm VIVE adds leading edge in-car Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and more.

Press Release

QNX and Qualcomm Announce First In-car Infotainment System Powered by Snapdragon Automotive Solutions - Companies demonstrate powerful in-vehicle graphics, video, and wireless capabilities at 2014 CES

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - 2014 INTERNATIONAL CES (NORTH HALL - BOOTH 536)--(Marketwired - Jan. 7, 2014) - QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for in-car electronics, and Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced that the companies will implement support for the high-performance video and graphics capabilities of Snapdragon™ Automotive Solutions in the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment, a comprehensive, standards-based solution for building connected infotainment systems.

This is the first automotive implementation of the complete Snapdragon Automotive Solutions and it will be demonstrated in the QNX® reference vehicle, a specially modified Jeep Wrangler, at the 2014 International CES, January 7-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Booth 536.

Snapdragon Automotive Solutions include the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 602A applications processor with support for high-resolution, sophisticated graphics and HMIs, facial, gesture and voice recognition, high-quality audio processing and image stitching, and multiple HD displays and cameras. Qualcomm Gobi™ 3G/4G LTE modems bring industry standard multimode cellular connectivity, and Qualcomm VIVE adds leading edge in-car Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity. The powerful combination enables the next generation of connected infotainment experiences from complex user applications to enhanced 3D navigation to rear-seat 3D gaming. In the QNX reference vehicle at CES, the Snapdragon Automotive Solutions will power a digital instrument cluster and a multimedia head unit based on the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment; the head unit applications include advanced 3D maps, natural speech recognition, geolocation, over-the-air (OTA) software updates, and cloud-based vehicle data analytics.

"With Qualcomm Technologies' expertise in mobile communications and applications processors, and QNX Software Systems' broad support for mobile application environments, including Android, OpenGL ES, and HTML5, we can help automotive OEMs implement a rich variety of apps from the mobile space across their model lines - offering their end-customers a revolution in connected infotainment features and experiences," said Nakul Duggal, Vice President of Product Management for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

"We're excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies on their entry into the automotive infotainment market," said Derek Kuhn, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, QNX Software Systems. "With its high degree of integration, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A processor can help automotive companies realize significant cost savings, as well as leverage the rich graphics and HMI capabilities of the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment."

QNX Software Systems has licensed its software technology for use in tens of millions of in-vehicle systems worldwide, including 3D navigation systems, multimedia head units, digital instrument clusters, connectivity modules, and hands-free systems. The company's QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment offers a unique set of pre-integrated technologies to help reduce development efforts and speed time to market for connected, media-rich infotainment systems. The platform is also highly flexible, providing customers with support for a rich choice of application environments, smartphone platforms, user interface technologies, and connectivity standards.

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QNX and Qualcomm announce first In-car Infotainment system powered by Snapdragon Automotive Solutions

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Diversity is the key for blackberry. Let's hope Chen pushes real hard. These teams can really shine now given a chance.

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Note they just scooped Google big time here. Although the chip supports both Android and QNX (but not Microsoft nor iOS), BlackBerry ****actually has it in the car now*****. By contrast, Android is a work in progress.

Qualcomm and BlackBerry are obviously collaborating very closely here. The significance of this should not be understated.

Btw, to clear up any confusion on this front, QNX *is* BB10 and vice versa. Same bloody thing. Just the skins change. Fwiw.

Agreed, this is outstanding news. And as I type this the stock is up over 6%, now surpassing the $9 strike price for the aborted "sale" from a couple of months ago :-)

QNX is the secret weapon of BlackBerry!

Take action and advantage of this amazing software and BlackBerry will stay in the game.

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

BlackBerry needs to rebrand QNX..... very few people walking around the CES show that will see this Jeep will know that QNX is BlackBerry.... Chen is doing a great job of "informing people" of the fact, but it needs to be marketed better....

Open to "naming ideas".... "BBX"? "BlackBerry X"? "BB10X"?

Something to "make it BlackBerry"...

Thoughts???

BlackNX? QNBerry? :) I really liked the BlackPad name and was disappointed when it was changed to PlayBook.

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Beg permission to disagree. ;-)

Keep the name neutral. So the press does not put any negative spin on the name the way it trashes anything BlackBerry.

The masses will find out soon enough via announcements, that QNX is by BB.

I'd rather have them go "Wow, that is made by BB?" instead of "That's BlackBerry anyway, I don't want it..."

or even "Does it connect to my iToy, if it's made by BB?"

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

The reason your approach makes some sense is because QNX is in 40 automobiles and nobody knows it.

Google says they are playing with the concept and the BlackBerry Bash Media is all over it. Like Google discovered a "cure"....

Good chat, Russ....

CB10 from the Z30

Is QNX giving Android and the new Open Automotive Alliance too much room to maneuver in this space? Love what they're doing, but they're only giving ideas to Android follows so they can dominate the market. QNX needs to bring stuff to market that folks can buy into today. Concept cars are nice to play with but I would like to see a QNX solution built into my next car!

So when do we see an actual list of vehicles that will have resident QNX Systems, and not just concepts?
Also would be nice to see what part of QNX Will be used for each vehicle.

BlackBerry needs to re-brand QNX somehow as no mention of BlackBerry in the press release. Most would have no idea.

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BlackBerry and Android use NFC, I can see the possibility of using NFC for custom settings inside a vehicle.

Once in the vehicle tap your phone to the link spot and the mirrors, seat position, music and temperature settings all change for the specific user.

Great opportunity moving forward with this move.

Cheers!

The last couple of years I have gotten so excited, downloaded the videos of QNX concepts, bragged them up, then dead silence. I am holding my breath that this is the moment!
I can't imagine what it has been like for the QNX team working their hearts out, producing absolute brilliance, then nobody knows a think about it. No support, no sale, no action. This is the moment. I think Chen knows that. I am hoping. BlackBerry has so many advantages here!

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It's only fitting to have the original smartphone with the original SUV. IE Blackberry and Jeep together. I mean they were made for each other.

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Very nice partnerships. I luv concepts but in the end there are still just that. The qnx team seemingly working harder to integrate further within the automobiles. And yet it seems little fruition and @ same time giving up ideas to rivals. And there is also a huge perception issue as well. The general public are only horse blinded to ios and android. I feel that qnx is a far superior technology than the others, but it's still seems not familiar with the consumer.

If a consumer had to decide on a car with anyone of these, either ios, android or qnx, we all know the answer cus half the answer is in their hand. Question is, how do we get the comsumer to break from the ios android mindset. A Lot can barely grasped bb10 philosophy let alone understanding the the real power behind qnx in relation to their cars.

Apple's philosophy of ' it jus works' I think has now done a disservice to the general user cus now comsumers cannot be bothered of figuring things and have become "mentally lazy" when it comes to technology.

Apologize for being long winded again. I just hope this time or soon those who busted their azzes on qnx will payoff. I, for one, am waiting for a fully realized equipped qnx vehicle.

Blackberry, my proverbial middle finger

These are just concept vehicles.

BUT QNX is in millions of vehicles already on the road.
They have a multitude of customers for QNX CAR already that are in SOP programs.

If you drive a porche, BMW, audi, etc... you may already have a QNX system in your car.

Qnx has 50% of the auto market. They've been in the auto market for years. And you better believe stuff just works no matter how stupid or technically lazy the cars owner is.

The new stuff plays very nicely with android and ios handsets.

"Posted to crackberry through monster routers likely running QNX."

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I understand what you are saying. I guess my point is qnx front end as well. Qnx os shell on top of soc running the infotainment system. I never really got into the ios android view of things. I should check the OBD to see if my Elise and lil 07 civic coup runs qnx. Ahahahhaha

Blackberry, my proverbial middle finger

Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe my 2014 Cherokee's latest Uconnect is already powered by QNX

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They should enable the capability to run Android on QNX in the car platform. That would take the wind out of the Google car initiative. Allow Android handset interaction in cars today but running on the solid QNX.

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Sounds great, so what is the actual device we should be on the lookout for? And is there a logo on head units, monitors, speakers, amplifiers that will allow us to know if such device can even access the awesomeness of QNX? I would like to be on the cutting edge of this new platform, so I just want to know.

I love Jeep Wrangler.. and is on my wish list for this or next year.. hope this QNX powered Jeep Wrangler comes out soon..

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