Leading Automotive Suppliers Select QNX Neutrino RTOS for Navigation

3/10/2004 - QNX Software Systems announced that four tier-one automotive suppliers have selected the QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system (RTOS) for several next-generation, in-car navigation systems now available in the Korean and Chinese markets. With these commercial deployments, QNX is rapidly emerging as the OS of choice for infotainment and navigation systems in the Asian market.

To better serve the rapidly evolving auto industry in Asia and particularly China where production of automotive units grew nearly 40 percent in 2003, QNX is also introducing new Chinese character code fonts to ensure easy customization between geographic markets and languages.

QNX is now working with LG Electronics, Hyundai Autonet, Hyundai Mobis, IBM Korea, and NAVIS to bring the most advanced infotainment systems with simple, intuitive user interfaces to consumers in Asia. In 2004, QNX software will be found in vehicle models from automakers such as Daewoo, Hyundai, and Ssangyong.

With more than 6 million in-car navigation systems on the road already, consumers in Asia lead the world as early adopters of telematics,” said Dan Dodge, CEO, QNX Software Systems. "Thanks to superior OS technology and strong relationships with top suppliers, QNX has been a leading telematics enabler from the onset, especially in Japan and Korea. Now, QNX is continuing to forge ahead across Asia with Chinese language support and a host of new applications coming to market."

Given the high density of vehicles on the roads in Asia, navigation systems have taken off as the must-have application for Asian consumers. Improved graphics and 3D technologies, sophisticated location-based services, and increasingly tech-savvy consumers are driving demand for more cutting-edge navigation systems. Today, QNX Neutrino can be found in:

These in-car telematics units take advantage of QNX Neutrino’s proven realtime capabilities and memory-protected design. A range of integrated QNX software modules, including the Photon microGUI® windowing system, graphics drivers, networking stacks, and a flash file manager, help deliver a seamless user experience.

Most recently, QNX has included additional features to support customers wishing to adapt their products for multiple geographic markets. For devices requiring display terminals, QNX now supports Chinese character encoding based on the GB18030 encoding standard, as required by Chinese import regulations. QNX’s graphical user interface technology can display Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English characters simultaneously, as well as support multiple language input methods, making it easy to customize applications between countries.

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, Johnson Controls, 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.

QNX, Photon microGUI, and Neutrino are registered trademarks of QNX Software Systems Ltd. in certain jurisdictions.

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