Crowd sourcing with QNX CAR ala BMW and Freescale

November 1, 2010

Last week QNX hosted its annual Japan Technology Innovation Conference at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. It was particularly special this year as we were able to celebrate the 30th anniversary of QNX along with our Japan customers.

We are pleased to report that this full day event which was supported by numerous partners was a resounding success. The conference this year records our largest attendance ever – 125 participants! With another 35 exhibiting partners & distributors, the venue was jam packed – as you can tell by the pictures.

A special mention goes out to the Freescale Japan team for the management and on-time delivery of teh live BMW x5 demo which went from car purchase to demo completion in a record 4 weeks! Even the Canadian Ambassador to Japan came by for a spin!

On behalf of the QNX Japan sales team, to all our partners who participated:

Arigato Gozaimashita!

QNX CAR and the Freescale i.MX51

March 17, 2010

On March 15th the latest experimental i.MX51 BSP was posted on Foundry27. If you are interested you can grab it here

A BSP in itself may not be newsworthy (or worth blogging about) but the i.MX51 is a bit special in that it will be the newest platform for QNX CAR. The i.MX51 is a particularly nice fit for QNX CAR for a few reasons. First and foremost this is a part that is garnering a lot of customer interest in automotive. Customers have been pushing us to get this BSP out the door.

Another nice thing about the i.MX51 is the graphics acceleration. The i.MX35 is a great platform for QNX CAR because it includes OpenVG acceleration. Adobe Flash takes advantage of this acceleration and the QNX Aviage HMI Suite used in QNX CAR is Adobe Flash based. The i.MX51 builds on this by adding OpenGL ES acceleration so customers will be able to accelerate 3D graphics as well (think navigation). Add hardware video decode and you have a very nice part for next generation infotainment systems.

Watch for it in the M6 QNX CAR build – coming soon.

Smart Meter Reference hits the road

February 19, 2010

QNX CAR isn’t the only QNX reference platform traveling the world these days. The team at QNX has been busy developing a Smart Meter Reference. There’s a new class of devices in the industrial segment that are now demanding enhanced graphics, connectivity, sophisticated human machine interfaces, audio and even high definition video. Sounds a lot like an infotainment system to me. Lucky for us, we’ve already done the heavy lifting.

The Smart Meter Reference takes many of the technologies being developed for QNX CAR and applies them to a key element in the new green world. It combines a snazzy HMI with real time video and touch screen technology. I actually can’t wait to have one of these in my house. So long thermostat – hello complete multi-zone control. Of course, it will point out how much electricity I waste but maybe that’s a good thing.

The Smart Meter reference, running on the Freescale i.MX25 application processor, will be visiting at the China Smart Grid Conference in Beijing on March 25th and 26th. Check it out if you can.