10/9/2003 - QNX Software Systems, a leading provider of operating system technology for telematics products, strengthened its five-year telematics relationship with Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT). QNX and Motorola's DART (Digital, Audio, Radio & Telematics) operation within Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector have formed a strategic alliance that makes QNX the premier supplier of OS technology to Motorola DART for the automotive "in-cab" market.
As part of the agreement, Motorola plans to resell the QNX® Momentics® development suite, a tightly integrated toolset that allows telematics developers to take advantage of QNX's highly reliable RTOS. In addition, the QNX Neutrino® RTOS will continue to be bundled with the Motorola mobileGTTM telematics platform. The widely supported mobileGT platform helps enable automakers and tier-one manufacturers to deliver the latest in customized driver information technology and applications.
"Motorola and QNX have enjoyed a productive working relationship for many years, and today's announcement formalizes our commitment to collaborative development of next-generation telematics applications," said Bill Pfaff, vice president and director of Motorola's Digital, Audio, Radio & Telematics operation. "Not only are we providing a strong off-the-shelf development platform based on a highly-reliable real-time OS, but we also offer instant access to a rich set of peripherals, drivers, and tools - all of which help speed development cycles and time to market."
QNX and Motorola have worked together in the telematics space since 1998, providing hard, real-time OS and semiconductor technology respectively to the burgeoning telematics market. QNX supports Motorola's latest development platform, the mobileGT Total5200, for vehicle telematics, driver information systems and hands-free phone systems. The platform is designed to build dynamic automotive systems that combine GPS, imaging, automotive networking, cellular and other wireless technologies. This collaboration formalizes the long-standing relationship between the two industry leaders.
"Motorola and QNX share the common vision that telematics applications must be reliable and predictable enough to offer enhanced passenger safety and usability, yet flexible and open enough to accommodate the ever-changing demands of the manufacturers and end-user population," said Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX Software Systems. "This strategic collaboration makes it easier than ever for telematics developers to build applications on a single, unified platform built by the leading OS and semiconductor providers in the telematics market."
As part of the agreement, QNX and Motorola plan to collaboratively develop code for commercial release to automakers and tier-one manufacturers. To facilitate this process, QNX plans to provide full development software for Motorola engineers, and the two companies plan to work together to enable fast development and precise optimizations for the mobileGT platform.
About Motorola, Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector
As the world's #1 producer of embedded processors, Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector creates DigitalDNATM system-on-chip solutions for a connected world. Our strong focus on wireless communications and networking enables customers to develop smarter, simpler, safer and synchronized products for the person, work team, home, and automobile. Motorola's worldwide semiconductor sales were $5.0 billion (USD) in 2002. For more information, visit: www.motorola.com/semiconductors.
About Motorola, Inc.
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2002 were $27.3 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important technologies that make things smarter and life better, honored traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit: www.motorola.com.
About QNX Software Systems
Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is the industry leader in realtime, microkernel OS technology. The inherent reliability, scalable architecture, and proven performance of the QNX Neutrino RTOS make it the most trusted foundation for future-ready applications in the networking, automotive, medical, and industrial automation markets. Companies worldwide like Cisco, Ford, Siemens, and Texaco depend on the QNX technology for their mission- and life-critical applications. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, QNX Software Systems maintains offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, and distributes its products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit http://www.qnx.com.
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