The QNX team again has a hand in some new car tech, this time for engine noise reduction in vehicles. The QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control integrates with current vehicle infotainment systems and uses existing audio hardware. Rather than having a standalone unit, the system is able to reduce engine noise without added costs to both manufacturers and car buyers.

Press Release

QNX(R) Acoustics for Active Noise Control offers a high-performance software solution for engine noise reduction in passenger vehicles; eliminates added costs associated with dedicated hardware

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - October 08, 2013) - QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for in-car electronics, today announced the availability of QNX® Acoustics for Active Noise Control, a high-performance software solution for dramatically reducing unwanted engine noise inside passenger vehicles.

Compact and efficient, QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control is designed to integrate seamlessly into a vehicle's infotainment system or audio amplifier, providing automotive system designers the ability to leverage existing infotainment or audio hardware. As a result, it can help automakers realize significant cost savings while achieving better performance than current Active Noise Control (ANC) hardware solutions.

"Be it powering infotainment systems or reducing engine noise within the vehicle, we provide our customers with solutions that enable them to enhance the driving experience and ultimately meet consumer demand," said Derek Kuhn, vice president of sales and marketing, QNX Software Systems. "By leveraging a software approach, QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control eliminates the need to add dedicated hardware, saving automakers development time and significant bill of materials costs."

Highly flexible, QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control can support a variety of hardware and software configurations - with or without an operating system. Developers can easily integrate the solution into a vehicle's head unit or audio amplifier, using an application processor or digital signal processor (DSP).

"Innovations that deliver better gas mileage sometimes have noisy side-effects that automakers have increasingly had to deal with by using active noise control technologies. Traditionally, a hardware box has been needed to do this, but QNX Software Systems has changed the cost equation by delivering a pure software solution," said Mark Fitzgerald, associate director, global automotive practice, Strategy Analytics.

Additional features of QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control include rapid calibration and tuning, seamless integration with the QNX® automotive hands-free technology, vehicle diagnostic support, and easy configurability for a wide range of microphone and speaker arrangements. In addition, customers have access to a specialized team of QNX acoustics engineers for software support, consulting, calibration, and system tuning.