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


OTTAWA and DALLAS, October 19, 2004 - QNX Software Systems and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announce a strategiccollaboration to deliver next-generation in-car audio systems based onthe QNX� Neutrino� realtime operating system (RTOS) and TI's dual-coreOMAP5912 digital signal processor (DSP) -based solution. Thecompanies' joint offering provides automotive OEMs a complete,off-the-shelf package to accelerate the development ofhigh-performance in-car audio systems that can integrate satelliteradio and telematics services, rip CDs as they're playing, leveragewireless technologies to access home networks and save a wide array ofmultimedia 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 NeutrinoRTOS with the high processing performance and low power consumptioncapabilities of TI's OMAP5912 platform which incorporates aTMS320C55x� DSP core and an ARM926EJ-S ARM core.

"The QNX Neutrino RTOS and TI OMAP� platform offer features that arehighly complementary, resulting in an integrated solution optimizedfor advanced radio systems that will change the way drivers andpassengers access and listen to music and other infotainmentapplications," said Curt Moore, manager of Digital Radio andInfotainment, TI. "The OMAP architecture excels at processing audiocontent while concurrent processing is going on thanks to its dualcore, while QNX delivers a reliable, realtime platform that can handlethe performance requirements of next-generation car radios."

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

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

"Radios are a basic feature in every vehicle that rolls off thefactory belt. Given the pace of technological developments in the lastfew years, there's no reason why the average consumer cannot haveadvanced audio systems in their car that go well beyond just listeningto music," said Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX Software Systems.

"Together, QNXand TI are offering the most advanced platform for OEMs to buildnext-generation audio systems that make music, maps and otherinfotainment content more portable, storable and accessible thanever."


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

About QNX Software Systems

With millions of installations worldwide, QNX Software Systems is theglobal leader in realtime, microkernel operating system technology.Companies like Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, Harris, Siemens, and GeneralElectric rely on QNX technology to build ultra-reliable systems forthe networking, automotive, medical, military, and industrialautomation markets. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems maintainsoffices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

About TI

Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analogtechnologies to meet our customers' real world signal processingrequirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company's businessesinclude Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions.TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design orsales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments istraded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. Moreinformation is located on the World Wide Web at

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