QNX CAR – the start of something big

March 2, 2009

When I got back from CES earlier this year I mentioned that one of my goals at the show was to share the QNX CAR vision. I saw a lot of nodding heads when I described a model where QNX and select members of its ecosystem could work together to pre-integrate our respective technologies. I saw a lot of eyes light up when I described an engagement model where automotive Tier oness and OEMs could leverage this pre-integration to get started on their designs.

 

On the 24th of February, QNX formally launched the QNX CAR program. If you visit the new page (www.qnxcar.com) you can get lots more information on the program, how it works and what’s available for round one. You will also see an image of a bunch of lego blocks and a slick sports car. This graphic really distills the essence of the QNX CAR program.

 

Historically software and silicon vendors selling into automotive have worked loosely together and have left the task of integration to the Tier one. We have all been guilty of selling a bunch of lego that can be fit together somehow but have never provided the instructions on how to build the final product. QNX CAR changes that in several ways.

 

By working together to pre-integrate technology into the QNX CAR environment, QNX and its ecosystem are jumpstarting our collective customers’ designs. They can now bypass the initial integration work and focus on higher level, value added development. We are finally providing the instructions on how the lego fits together.

 

This alone would be pretty cool but we have also been working with our partners to sort out the initial licensing. Under QNX CAR, evaluation of 3rd party technology no longer involves working with every company involved. Customers can engage directly with QNX to get their hands on all the bits and pieces involved. It’s simple, straight forward and easy. 

 

Add to this that the program is available at no charge and that QNX silicon partners are throwing hardware into the mix. For the first time ever, developers can get started on their prototyping just by being accepted to the program. That’s it. That’s all.

 

All this brings me to the point I raised in the title. This is just the beginning. On March 12th the QNX CAR Foundry27 project will go live and participants will be able to access the first wave of third party technology along with QNX middleware.

 

You can be sure that this is only the start. We’ve been working with a longer list of partners around all sorts of technology. Check out the Foundry27 project on the 12th but come back soon. You’ll see a growing list of technologies spanning 2D/3D nav, city view, remote over the air software updates, points of interest and more. Exciting times…

 

Romain

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What it means: Foundry 27 & The Intel C++ Compiler Professional Edition for QNX Neutrino RTOS

November 28, 2008

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Hello to the QNX Developer Community!

This is my first blog to you about the goings on in our ‘Tertiary Matters’.

Ostensibly this post is to let you know we just added a link in the Bazaar, on Foundry27, to the new beta edition of The Intel C++ Compiler Professional Edition for QNX. Hereafter referred to as the Intel Compiler.

But “Hey what?” you may be saying to yourself, “Foundry?@, Bazaar?)*% Bizar?^%.”

So let’s take a step back and refresh you on what we’re up to at QNX and why the posting of the Intel Compiler is important. But first the disclaimer:

Whenever they let me out of the office, I always preface to customers and partners that I have the distinction of being the only philosophy major on our product roadmap team. I am decidedly untechnical and highly philosophical. So, my postings will lean on the side of trying to understand what things mean, greater significance and the like. I’ll leave the technical drill downs to the experts. Now a few facts:

In September of 2007 we launched Foundry27 (F27), our community portal and introduced our hybrid software model of published source coupled with commercial licensing. In the first year we achieved the following portal milestones:

  • 21, 000+ developers
  • almost 600 posts per month
  • 43 Active Projects: including 5 silicon, 3 community, 2 customer, 14 public

Based on the activity we see and comparative benchmarks, the transition to our new business model has been a tremendous success!

In 2009 we’re looking forward to the first community code drops, new silicon vendor developed BSPs, and rewards and incentives for your participation in Foundry27. We’re even looking at the possibility of interactive hardware roadmaps where you, the developer, can provide input into what hardware you would like prioritized in our development labs.

What’s the significance of the Intel Compiler showing up on Foundry27? It means that the QNX community is thriving,  attracting investment from hardware vendors so that you can benefit from a healthy and vibrant QNX ecosystem.

I hope you’ll request the beta of the Intel Compiler and give us feedback – let us know if it improves your development efforts on the Intel Architecture. You can find it here – follow this link to the Bazaar and then scroll down to Cross Development Tools:

http://community.qnx.com/sf/wiki/do/viewPage/projects.bazaar/wiki/Software_Directory

Initial reports are glowing.

Best, Kroy