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QNX and Texas Instruments Collaborate to Deliver High Performance In-Car Audio

Oct 19, 2004

  • QNX Software Systems and Texas Instruments form strategic collaboration to enable advanced in-car audio systems. 
  • Combines high-performance processing and long battery life of dual-core OMAP platform with the reliability and advanced multimedia framework of QNX Neutrino RTOS. 
  • QNX delivers a Board Support Package (BSP) for TI´s OMAP5912

OTTAWA and DALLAS, October 19, 2004 - QNX Software Systems and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announce a strategic collaboration to deliver next-generation in-car audio systems based on the QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system (RTOS) and TI´s dual-core


digital signal processor (DSP) -based solution. The companies´ joint offering provides automotive OEMs a complete, off-the-shelf package to accelerate the development of high-performance in-car audio systems that can integrate satellite radio and telematics services, rip CDs as they´re playing, leverage wireless technologies to access home networks and save a wide array of multimedia content onto built-in hard drives. (See 



As part of the collaboration, QNX is providing a Board Support Package (BSP) that combines the reliability and scalability of QNX Neutrino RTOS with the high processing performance and low power consumption capabilities of TI´s


platform which incorporates a TMS320C55x


 DSP core and an ARM926EJ-S ARM core. 

"The QNX Neutrino RTOS and TI OMAP


 platform offer features that are highly complementary, resulting in an integrated solution optimized for advanced radio systems that will change the way drivers and passengers access and listen to music and other infotainment applications," said Curt Moore, manager of Digital Radio and Infotainment, TI. "The OMAP architecture excels at processing audio content while concurrent processing is going on thanks to its dual core, while QNX delivers a reliable, realtime platform that can handle the performance requirements of next-generation car radios."

Until now, the critical requirements that must be met for high-performance audio systems have not been adequately addressed. Power management for in-car devices like radio is highly complex and can vary from vehicle to vehicle. For instance, a device may need to deliver predictable response times while in low-power states, fine-tune power consumption in response to vehicle-specific events or maintain operational readiness for days, or even weeks, after the ignition has been turned off.

Both QNX Neutrino and the OMAP platform deliver power management capabilities that ensure precise, fine-grained control over the power consumption of each system component. Whether high-end or low-end, in-car audio systems must operate within ultra-low power budgets, in which the combined draw of all devices cannot exceed several milliamps or, in some cases, microamps. TI's power-efficient OMAP processor ensures further extended battery life. Developers can boost overall application performance on OMAP through the low-power, real-time signal processing capabilities of a DSP coupled with the command and control functionality of an ARM processor.

"Radios are a basic feature in every vehicle that rolls off the factory belt. Given the pace of technological developments in the last few years, there's no reason why the average consumer cannot have advanced audio systems in their car that go well beyond just listening to music," said Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX Software Systems. "Together, QNX and TI are offering the most advanced platform for OEMs to build next-generation audio systems that make music, maps and other infotainment content more portable, storable and accessible than ever."


The QNX BSP for OMAP5912 is expected to be available in November 2004.