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QNX shows off its versatility, powers OnStar accessories as well as floundering tablets


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Back in April of 2010, RIM snatched up a little known property called QNX, which primarily powered in-car infotainment systems. As we all know, that little OS eventually became the platform on which the PlayBook was built -- but QNX hasn't left the dashboard behind completely. Turns out the software inside OnStar's FMV, which went on sale in July, is actually QNX's Neutrino RTOS. Why are we only finding out about it now? Who knows, but maybe there's some sweet BlackBerry and OnStar integration coming once RIM puts QNX in phones. Check out the PR after the break.

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QNX Platform Drives Reliability, Enhances Voice Communications for New OnStar FMV Rearview Mirror
FMV leverages QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System and QNX Aviage
Acoustic Processing Suite to optimize system performance and hands-free calling.

OTTAWA, September 20, 2011 - QNX Software Systems Limited, a global supplier of software, tools, and engineering services for the in-car telematics and infotainment market, today announced that its operating system platform powers OnStar® FMV, an aftermarket rearview mirror that features core OnStar services such as Automatic Crash Response, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, and Hands-free Calling.

OnStar FMV leverages two key components of QNX Software Systems' platform - the automotive-grade QNX® Neutrino® Realtime Operating System (RTOS), which has been road-proven in millions of vehicles worldwide, and the QNX® Aviage® Acoustic Processing Suite, which enhances OnStar FMV's ability to provide clear, accurate hands-free calling, even in a noisy automotive interior.

The QNX Neutrino RTOS is used by the world's best-known automotive brands to bring high levels of performance, reliability, and upgradeability to hands-free systems, digital instrument clusters, multimedia head units, connectivity modules, 3D navigation systems, and other in-car infotainment products. The QNX Aviage Acoustic Processing Suite is an efficient, modular solution that offers sophisticated echo cancellation and noise reduction for hands-free and speech-recognition systems. Unlike traditional hands-free solutions, the suite eliminates the need for a lengthy tuning process and dedicated hardware, lowering production costs and increasing design flexibility.

"QNX Software Systems' technology is helping to drive improvements to vehicle safety, and OnStar FMV is a fantastic example of how our software allows a driver's voice to be heard in a noisy cockpit environment," said Derek Kuhn, Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development, QNX Software Systems. "We're extremely proud to work with OnStar and GM to make the driving experience simpler, safer, and more secure."

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About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM; TSX:RIM), is a leading vendor of operating systems, development tools, and professional services for the embedded systems market. Audi, Cisco, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX® technology for vehicle telematics units, network routers, medical devices, industrial control systems, security and defense systems, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems Limited is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit

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