QNX set to show off three connected cars at CES
BlackBerry Media | 84 Comments QNX set to show off three connected cars at CES The team from QNX is once again on the ground at CES, and this year they'll not only show off one car, but three. The trio of rides includes two technology concept cars and the QNX reference vehicle. A Mercedes CLA45 AMG will be outfitted with all kinds of QNX goodies including vehicle-to-...

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Feb 24, 2015 QNX Wireless Framework brings smartphone-caliber connectivity to Embedded Systems
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QNX Wireless Framework brings smartphone-caliber connectivity to Embedded Systems

This week, at Embedded World 2015, QNX Software Systems will showcase its latest product developments for embedded developers but they've already got the news rolling. Following up on their QNX Hypervisor announcement, they've now announced the QNX Wireless Framework, which enables rapid cellular and Wi-Fi integration and faster time to market for embedded system applications.

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Feb 18, 2015 QNX Hypervisor allows critical & non-critical apps to run on a single, consolidated system
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QNX Hypervisor

Ahead of Embedded World 2015, QNX has just unveiled the QNX Hypervisor 1.0, a realtime Type 1 hypervisor for medical devices, industrial automation systems, and automotive applications such as car infotainment systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and digital instrument clusters.

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Feb 10, 2015 QNX to showcase products at Embedded World 2015
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QNX to showcase products at Embedded World 2015

Embedded World 2015 takes place in Nuremberg, Germany on February 24 - 26th and QNX will be there to showcase their technology through customer products for medical, automotive, the home and more. The list below highlights what all will be featured at the event, but keen eyes will notice the fact QNX plans to showcase a brand new QNX product in an automotive demo with Texas Instruments.

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Jan 07, 2015 In the drivers seat with the QNX Maserati Quattroporte at #CES2015
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During CES 2015, we once again got a chance to check out the latest concept car from QNX. The year the team outfitted a killer Maserati Quattroporte with a slew of connected tech — from the side mirror screens down to the expansive dash cluster. As in previous years, the car has been stripped of many stock parts, and they've been swapped out for various touch screen panels that show off gauges, views of the outdoor cameras, and controls for all the vehicles main functions.

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Jan 05, 2015 Take a look at the building of the QNX 2015 Maserati Quattroporte GTS concept car!
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Although BlackBerry CEO John Chen let the cat out of the bag a slight bit by telling everyone QNX would be showing off a connected Maserati decked out with the latest gear from the company and their technology partners, he stopped short of mentioning which model of Maserati we'd be seeing as the QNX 2015 technology concept car.

We now know the Maserati Quattroporte GTS was chosen, so have a look at how it was built and some of the technology that went into it in the video above. You can also hop down below to get a closer look at the inside and some of the technology functions built-in.

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Dec 11, 2014 Ford unveils its QNX-powered Sync 3 entertainment and connected car system
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Ford officially revealed its plans for Sync 3, the newest version of its entertainment and connected car system, earlier today. The new version is powered at the core by BlackBerry's QNX software, a change we expected was coming at some point. The car maker says that it will start appearing in its new vehicles sometime in 2015.

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Sep 11, 2014 QNX-powered Audi Virtual Cockpit wins CTIA '2014 Hot for the Holidays' award
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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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Aug 20, 2014 QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control wins Silver Stevie award
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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.

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Aug 05, 2014 Here's how QNX looked in 1999 running off a 1.44MB floppy
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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.

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Jul 15, 2014 QNX releases update to QNX OS for Medical
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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.

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Jul 09, 2014 QNX hosting Project Ion webinar July 10th, learn more about the Internet of Things
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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.

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Jun 04, 2014 QNX announces improvements to its in-car hands-free systems
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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.

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May 26, 2014 BlackBerry and Sierra Wireless are a good fit for the Internet of things
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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)?

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May 22, 2014 Alec Saunders hits the stage to talk QNX and Project Ion at Solid 2014
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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.

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Apr 08, 2014 QNX and VisLab team up - Could we see a QNX car driving itself soon?
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I'm far from an expert when it comes to how clever a car can be but today sees some sweet news for BlackBerry as QNX is officially adopted by VisLab at the university of Parma. 

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Mar 14, 2014 It might not run BBM but the new Neato BotVac is powered by QNX
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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.

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Mar 03, 2014 Apple now has CarPlay, why can't QNX do the same for all phones and all cars?
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Apple now has CarPlay, why can't QNX do the same for all phones?

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.

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Feb 27, 2014 Ford hasn't decided on QNX for future Sync sytems just yet
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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.

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Feb 25, 2014 QNX Brings Mobile-Class User Experience to Secure and Reliable Embedded Systems
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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.

The QNX OS 6.6 also supports the new QNX SDK for Apps and Media, which allows developers to create UI's using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS.

QNX OS 6.6 and the QNX SDK for Apps and Media is scheduled for February 28th.

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The QNX in cars theme is ok, but I would love to read more stories about QNX in other situations like power plants and space shuttles. I feel like I have a good sense of the car story.

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