QNX Software Systems Limited and Renesas Electronics Corporation today announced that they are integrating 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.

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The QNX CAR application platform for infotainment systems supports a rich set of pre-integrated technologies, both from QNX Software Systems and from dozens of ecosystem partners. This pre-integrated platform, based on QNX® technology proven in tens of millions of vehicles, enables automotive customers to hit the ground running and reduce the time required to build connected, media-rich infotainment systems.

“Renesas is an invaluable partner as we continue to expand our automotive business worldwide,” said Linda Campbell, Director of Strategic Alliances at QNX Software Systems. “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.”

“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,” said Masayasu Yoshida, Senior Manager, Automotive Information System Solutions Department at Renesas Electronics. “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.”

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About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited (“BlackBerry”) (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX: BB), is a leading vendor of operating systems, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. Global leaders such as Audi, Cisco, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for vehicle infotainment units, network routers, medical devices, industrial automation 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 more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit http://www.qnx.com and https://www.facebook.com/QNXSoftwareSystems, and follow @QNX_News on Twitter. For updates on the company’s automotive work, visit http://qnxauto.blogspot.com and follow @QNX_Auto.

About Renesas Electronics

Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world’s number one supplier of microcontrollers, is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions, and a broad range of analog and power devices. Business operations began as Renesas Electronics in April 2010 through the integration of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) and Renesas Technology Corp., with operations spanning research, development, design, and manufacturing for a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan, Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide. More information can be found at www.renesas.com.

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