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QNX is a commercial Unix-like real-time operating system, aimed primarily at the embedded systems market. The product was originally developed by Canadian company QNX Software Systems with founders Gordon Bell and Dan Dodge, students at the University of Waterloo in 1980. QNX now powers the BlackBerry PlayBook and is the core operating system used in BlackBerry 10 as well as the QNX Car Platform.
The hub-and-spoke architecture of QNX allows for many applications to run simultaneously, securely and stably. The real-time, POSIX-compliant operating system was owned by Harman Technologies before being acquired by BlackBerry, and continues to be used in integrated automotive systems and industrial applications.
CTIA Super Mobility Week is wrapping up at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas and the folks from QNX are celebrating yet another win in the connected car category. This time around, the new Audi Virtual Cockpit, which is based on the QNX OS, has won first prize in the 2014 CTIA Hot for the Holidays awards.
Created in 2009, the Hot for the Holidays award categories identify and celebrate the hottest mobile consumer electronics products and applications for the holiday season. Winners are celebrated as the "must-buy gifts" for people of all ages during the 2014 holiday season!
On hand to accept the award, which can be viewed below, was Andrew Poliak of QNX Software Systems. Another awesome win for QNX in the books, always nice to see. Congrats to the QNX team!
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Over the years, the QNX team has won many awards for their products and service offerings and this year is no different. QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control, their high-performance software solution for engine noise reduction in passenger vehicles has won a Silver Stevie Award in the software category after having received more than 3,500 nominations this year from dozens of countries.Continue Reading →
For a lot of folks, QNX is something new mostly unheard of and as we noted earlier, they work behind the scenes to make cool things we all come across in our daily lives and don't often collect much credit for it. Until BlackBerry acquired the company, a lot of QNX talk was held to the hardcore computer community, BBS boards and even mailing lists but now interest in the organization is growing.
As people become more familiar with QNX and the history, there's more eyes out there looking for information surrounding the company as well and when CrackBerry Forums member, edyb, came across a floppy labeled QNX he decided to fire it up and find out what exactly it contained.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry's QNX today announced a new release of its software platform for medical devices that is now IEC 62304-Compliant. The QNX OS for Medical 1.1 is based on QNX OS technology field-proven in an array of systems for angiography, proton therapy, laser eye surgery, hemodynamic monitoring, and other critical healthcare applications. The OS supports both single-core and multi-core devices based on ARMv7 and Intel x86 processors, and it offers API compatibility with other members of the QNX OS family, enabling a high degree of software re-use.
"When it comes to medical device software, the OS sets the tone: unless it provides the architecture to enable reliable operation and a clear audit trail to substantiate claims about its dependability, the entire process of device approval can be put in jeopardy," said Grant Courville, director of product management at QNX Software Systems. "By providing an OS that has been independently verified to comply with the IEC 62304 standard, we are helping manufacturers reduce the cost and effort of developing devices that require regulatory approval from agencies such as the FDA, MDD, and MHRA."
QNX OS for Medical 1.1 is available now and is a component of QNX Software Systems' broader medical offering, which includes proven-in-use data, hazard and risk analyses, on-site audits, training courses in safe design, and professional engineering services. Customers can also choose from a rich of complement of QNX technologies.Continue Reading →
Curious and want to know more about Project Ion along with the 'Internet of Things'? If so, QNX is hosting a webinar on July 10 at 1 p.m. ET that might help you get a better feeling for it all. Although it's going to be focused on how Project Ion can transform your business, it's worth tuning into to learn more and it's open to everyone.Continue Reading →
Following the announcement of a new in-car operating system, QNX has also introduced the newest version of its Acoustics for Voice system that handles hands-free communications. Version 3.0 has been made official at the Detroit Telematics conference and adds improvements to echo cancellation, noise reduction, adaptive equalization, automatic gain control and more.
Our cars are fast becoming more than just transportation. They're mobile offices, extensions of our mobile lives, and technology like that which QNX is announcing here just makes the whole experience that much more pleasurable.
As with QNX's other Detroit announcements, Acoustics for Voice System version 3.0 will be available in Q3 2014. Keep on reading for much more with the full press release.
DETROIT, Telematics Detroit Conference, June 4, 2014 — QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited and a global leader in software platforms for in-car electronics, today announced QNX® Acoustics for Voice 3.0, the newest addition to the company's portfolio of acoustics middleware products.
Designed to help hands-free and speech recognition systems deliver the highest quality user experience, QNX® Acoustics for Voice 3.0 offers advancements in echo cancellation, noise reduction, adaptive equalization, automatic gain control, and other features for narrowband and wideband speech processing. It also supports Wideband Plus speech processing to satisfy the demanding voice-quality requirements of the latest smartphone connectivity protocols for telephony, VoIP services, and speech recognition. QNX Acoustics for Voice 3.0 is based on QNX acoustics technology that has been road-proven in more than 20 million vehicles.
"Cars are inherently noisy, and noise is the mortal enemy of any hands-free or speech recognition system, whether that system is built into the car or brought in through a smartphone," said Grant Courville, director of product management, QNX Software Systems. "QNX Acoustics for Voice is specifically designed to filter out noise from tires, roads, fans, and vents, enabling clear, crisp speech voice communications that can lighten the cognitive load on the driver and reduce distraction."
Highly modular, QNX Acoustics for Voice 3.0 supports many advanced features, including: High efficiency speech processing — Advanced algorithms use fewer hardware CPU cycles when processing wideband and Wideband Plus speech, freeing up CPU headroom for other acoustic or infotainment applications.
Diagnostic tools — To help speed time-to-market, the solution includes an extensive diagnostic toolset to facilitate parameter tuning. QNX Software Systems can also provide onsite experts to further help customers tune their in-car solutions.
Automotive-grade echo cancellation and noise reduction (AEC/NR) — For building full-duplex hands-free and speech recognition systems.
Design flexibility for targeting multiple vehicle lines — The solution can work with a variety of speech recognizers, whether they are running in the cloud and accessed through a smartphone, or embedded in the car. It can also run on a variety of operating systems, processors, and DSPs, enabling customers to migrate features across vehicle lines.
Choice of development libraries — The standard library supports both narrow and wideband speech, at 8 kHz and 16 kHz sample rates, respectively. The premium library supports these bandwidths and it also supports Wideband Plus, with its wider range of audio frequencies, at a 24 kHz sample rate, enabling customers to address the voice processing requirements of the latest smartphone connectivity protocols for the car.
Compliance with industry standards — Complies with Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) ITU-T P.1100 and ITU-T P.1110 specifications for hands-free systems.
Availability QNX Acoustics for Voice 3.0 is scheduled for release in Q3 2014.Continue Reading →
Lately I've been feeling like there isn't much exciting going on in the world of BlackBerry. We're basically waiting until November to see if BES traction is as good as the company says it will be, and hoping to see BlackBerry get back to profitability.
That's why last week's announcement of Project Ion was somewhat exciting to me. Don't get me wrong - I think the press release said practically nothing. It's all too common in technology land for fancy press releases to be filled with vague-speak. BlackBerry announced a project, not a product. They are not anywhere close to the same thing.
I have a lot of questions running through my mind. Who's leading the project and what experience does he or she have? How does BlackBerry expect to compete against the other enormous companies that want to win in this space (including Microsoft)?Continue Reading →
It has been a while since we heard from Alec Saunders outside of his Twitter account but in his new role as Vice President of QNX Software Systems Cloud Services he is once again out there hitting stages and spreading the word of QNX. Taking part in O'Reilly's Solid 2014 Conference, Alec took the stage to deliver his keynote. It's a short six minutes but it offers up a look at a prototype system that was created as part of the newly announced Project Ion.Continue Reading →
I have to admit, this is probably the last thing I thought I would be writing about on a Friday but alas, we all know QNX powers a lot of stuff in this world so I suppose it comes as no real surprise. Neato Robotics, a robotics company located in Newark, California, has chosen the QNX Neutrino operating system as the software platform for the new Neato BotVac series of robot vacuums due to its superior realtime performance and efficient use of system hardware, as well as for its flexibility to support new product features.Continue Reading →
Today Apple made CarPlay official. Automobile makers who support the technology will essentially be implementing a way for drivers to interact with their iPhone through the car's infotainment system, which includes the car's touch screen, microphone, buttons, etc.
It's important to point out that the cars are not running iOS. Apple would probably never license iOS to anyone, so we're really just talking about something the equivalent of a control protocol and toolkit for rendering iOS app data on an external (car) display.
Why is this relevant to BlackBerry? Because it strikes me as obvious that no car manufacturer is going to ever agree to an exclusive deal where they can only support CarPlay, or Android Projected Mode, or whatever other automotive interaction platform exists.Continue Reading →
Although there has been plenty of talk surrounding Ford and their possible ousting of Microsoft for QNX in their next-generation Sync systems, Fords managing director Pin van der Jagt has now stated the rumors are not entirely accurate, although Ford is looking towards other vendors for the system as part of normal business operations.Continue Reading →
Today QNX has introduced their latest generation QNX Neutrino OS. The QNX OS 6.6 is designed to bring new graphics, UI, security and more to developers and allows them to create all kinds of products for everything from industrial automation to in-flight entertainment. QNX OS 6.6 is tops for security, adding things like enhanced heap, stack, and memory layout protection to help thwart potential malware.
QNX OS 6.6 and the QNX SDK for Apps and Media is scheduled for February 28th.Continue Reading →
Back during CES, QNX and Qualcomm announced the first In-car Infotainment system powered by Snapdragon Automotive Solutions and with that event over, it's onto Mobile World Congress where there will be a full on demo of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Automotive Solutions/QNX CAR Platform happening.Continue Reading →
Ford is reportedly ready to ditch Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry's QNX car platform in future upgrades of its in-car Sync system. Ford has had various issues with their MyFord and Sync systems over the last few years, bringing down their quality ratings and causing them to seek other options for their vehicle infotainment systems. They are said to be making the switch to the QNX platform for all of these systems in the very near future.Continue Reading →
While Adam was busy checking out the Mercedes CLA45 AMG at CES 2014, Audi was busy showing off their use of the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment in the 2015 Audi TT by introducing the new user-programmable instrument cluster (FPK). The display is no longer a separate piece of equipment in the car, instead the whole instrument cluster itself is a display offering the driver everything they would need with the ability to customize it on the go.Continue Reading →
Leading up to CES 2014, the QNX blog started up a new series called 'CES Cars of Fame' that takes a look back at all the concept cars to come out of the QNX garage. In total, seven cars have been added to the CES Cars of Fame series and now with the two latest vehicles unveiled – the modified Mercedes CLA45 AMG along with the modified Kia Soul.
QNX is asking for everyone to vote on their favorite concept car of all time. Is it the awesome Bentley Continental GT? Maybe the Porsche 911 Carrera? The poll is open until Friday, February 14 and they’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, February 18. Go have your say using the link below.
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On the Inside BlackBerry Blog today, CEO John Chen introduced QNX Software Systems' new Cloud business. The dedicated group will be a part of QNX and will "support the Internet of Things" — bringing solutions for embedded platforms, networks and devices as well as machine to device interaction. The group will work alongside the existing organizations that already serve the embedded market and will be dedicated to bringing the solutions to market in a timely and cohesive manner.
Alec Saunders has been named as the Vice President of the QNX Cloud business. Marty Mallick has now been appointed as Vice President, Global Alliances and Ecosystems which combines his current role with developer relations.
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This year at CES the QNX team had no just one, but two new cars to show off. The Porsche and Bentley are back in the garage and replacing them is a Kia Soul and a sweet Mercedes CLA45 AMG. I had the pleasure of strapping into the drivers seat of both cars to check out all of the awesome tech QNX packed in this year.Continue Reading →
This week the world of mobile computing turned its attention to the automobile industry because of fresh headlines that Google has signed a deal with Audi to power its in-car entertainment and information systems.
This isn’t a new topic, obviously. Last October I had a conversation with a hard working Bay Street analyst who told me he’d been talking to plenty of car manufacturers and many of them were looking at Android, not QNX. We’ve also seen Apple working on in-car iOS deals with a huge list of car makers.Continue Reading →
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.Continue Reading →
Another awesome car is now sporting a hot QNX infotainment system. The Mercedes-Benz concept S-Class Coupe was revealed this week and it was just announced that packed inside is a sleek QNX-powered system. The two companies have been working together for years but the S-Class Coupe is the latest to show off just how far things have come.
Inside the 449 hp Biturbo V8 coupe sites a high-tech system complete with two 12.3 inch displays, a touchscreen with four world clocks, a stereo camera with a front 3D view, "6D vision" to detect objects in front of the car and a variety of other systems to monitor surrounding traffic.
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It was announced today that QNX has been selected by Garmin to power the new Garmin K2 platform. The K2 platform is the next generation of vehicle infotainment solutions and will include capabilities such as multiple displays, voice recognition, smartphone integration, 4G connectivity and more. The systems will provide in-car access to navigation, streaming media and real time web information. The customizable K2 platform will be able to meet a large variety of OEM needs and costs.Continue Reading →
QNX has announced today that they have been chosen by Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America to develop infotainment systems for automakers across the globe. The two companies will collaborate on in-vehicle systems for car makers in North America, Europe and Japan to enhance the next generation of infotainment systems and in-car applications.
The QNX Car Platform is already available in millions of vehicles and the new partnership will allow Panasonic to easily customize systems for various vehicles as needed.Continue Reading →
Vector is Mobile Nation's newest show. It takes the most important topics in technology today, focuses on them from interesting angles, and then discusses the hell out of them. On this episode, Tim Stevens, star of auto and gadget blogs, joins Rene to talk about the computerization of cars, including launch controls, self-driving vehicles, Microsoft Sync, BlackBerry QNX, and iOS in the Car, and the explosive potential of hacking engines.Continue Reading →