USA: QNX Software Systems and Renesas Electronics Corporation have joined forces to integrate support for the Renesas R-Car SoC (system on chip) platform into the QNX CAR application platform to help automotive companies reduce the time and effort of building advanced infotainment systems. As part of their growing collaboration, the companies also announced that QNX Software Systems is joining the Renesas R-Car consortium, a partner program designed to help drive rapid development of next-generation in-car solutions, and to provide enhanced support for automakers and tier 1 automotive suppliers.
The Renesas R-Car SoC series offers a high-performance platform for a broad range of low-end to high-end car infotainment systems, including dashboard-mounted navigation units. The R-Car series provides enhanced multimedia processing for audio and video, advanced 3D graphics, as well as image recognition and other driver-assistance functions. These enhancements make the second-generation R-Car series ideally suited for the development of next-generation automotive infotainment systems. In March 2013, Renesas released R-Car H2, the first second-generation R-Car processor. QNX and Renesas intend to include support for the H2 as part of their ongoing collaboration.
The QNX CAR application platform for infotainment systems supports a set of pre-integrated technologies, both from QNX Software Systems and from dozens of ecosystem partners. This pre-integrated platform, based on QNX technology enables automotive customers to hit the ground running and reduce the time required to build connected, media-rich infotainment systems.
Linda Campbell, Director of Strategic Alliances at QNX Software Systems, said: “Renesas is an invaluable partner as we continue to expand our automotive business worldwide. Renesas and QNX have a long history of collaboration in successful production programs and, together, we can provide pre-integrated solutions to help customers stay competitive in the global automotive market.”
Masayasu Yoshida, Senior Manager, Automotive Information System Solutions Department at Renesas Electronics, said: “The R-Car platform is designed to support the growing demand for ‘smarter’ in-car systems with advanced features such as high-performance multimedia, rich HMIs, and 3D graphics. These advanced features align with advantages offered by the QNX CAR application platform,”. “We have a well-defined roadmap to support new requirements in automotive. This, combined with our support for the QNX CAR platform, enables us to respond to challenges faced by automakers and tier 1 suppliers quickly.”