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QNX and Qualcomm Announce First In-car Infotainment System Powered by Snapdragon Automotive Solutions

QNX and Qualcomm Announce First In-car Infotainment System Powered by Snapdragon Automotive Solutions

N4BB have reported:-
QNX’s CES isn’t solely based on their two concept cars at the show. Their third car, the reference modified Jeep Wrangler, is getting some added juice from Qualcomm. Today, QNX and Qualcomm announced their third car, the reference modified Jeep Wrangler, will be sporting the first in-car infotainment system powered completely by Snapdragon Automotive Solutions.

“Snapdragon Automotive Solutions include the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 602A applications processor with support for high-resolution, sophisticated graphics and HMIs, facial, gesture and voice recognition, high-quality audio processing and image stitching, and multiple HD displays and cameras. Qualcomm Gobi™ 3G/4G LTE modems bring industry standard multimode cellular connectivity, and Qualcomm VIVE adds leading edge in-car Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity. The powerful combination enables the next generation of connected infotainment experiences from complex user applications to enhanced 3D navigation to rear-seat 3D gaming. In the QNX reference vehicle at CES, the Snapdragon Automotive Solutions will power a digital instrument cluster and a multimedia head unit based on the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment; the head unit applications include advanced 3D maps, natural speech recognition, geolocation, over-the-air (OTA) software updates, and cloud-based vehicle data analytics.”

In essence, this Jeep Wrangler is a powerhouse of a car.

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QNX and Qualcomm Announce First In-car Infotainment System Powered by Snapdragon Automotive Solutions

Companies demonstrate powerful in-vehicle graphics, video, and wireless capabilities at 2014 CES

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA–(Marketwired – January 07, 2014) – 2014 INTERNATIONAL CES (NORTH HALL – BOOTH 536) – QNX Software Systems Limited, a global leader in software platforms for in-car electronics, and Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., today announced that the companies will implement support for the high-performance video and graphics capabilities of Snapdragon™ Automotive Solutions in the QNX CAR™ Platform for Infotainment, a comprehensive, standards-based solution for building connected infotainment systems.

This is the first automotive implementation of the complete Snapdragon Automotive Solutions and it will be demonstrated in the QNX® reference vehicle, a specially modified Jeep Wrangler, at the 2014 International CES, January 7-10, Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Booth 536.

Snapdragon Automotive Solutions include the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 602A applications processor with support for high-resolution, sophisticated graphics and HMIs, facial, gesture and voice recognition, high-quality audio processing and image stitching, and multiple HD displays and cameras. Qualcomm Gobi™ 3G/4G LTE modems bring industry standard multimode cellular connectivity, and Qualcomm VIVE adds leading edge in-car Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity. The powerful combination enables the next generation of connected infotainment experiences from complex user applications to enhanced 3D navigation to rear-seat 3D gaming. In the QNX reference vehicle at CES, the Snapdragon Automotive Solutions will power a digital instrument cluster and a multimedia head unit based on the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment; the head unit applications include advanced 3D maps, natural speech recognition, geolocation, over-the-air (OTA) software updates, and cloud-based vehicl e data analytics.

“With Qualcomm Technologies’ expertise in mobile communications and applications processors, and QNX Software Systems’ broad support for mobile application environments, including Android, OpenGL ES, and HTML5, we can help automotive OEMs implement a rich variety of apps from the mobile space across their model lines – offering their end-customers a revolution in connected infotainment features and experiences,” said Nakul Duggal, Vice President of Product Management for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“We’re excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies on their entry into the automotive infotainment market,” said Derek Kuhn, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, QNX Software Systems. “With its high degree of integration, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 602A processor can help automotive companies realize significant cost savings, as well as leverage the rich graphics and HMI capabilities of the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment.”

QNX Software Systems has licensed its software technology for use in tens of millions of in-vehicle systems worldwide, including 3D navigation systems, multimedia head units, digital instrument clusters, connectivity modules, and hands-free systems. The company’s QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment offers a unique set of pre-integrated technologies to help reduce development efforts and speed time to market for connected, media-rich infotainment systems. The platform is also highly flexible, providing customers with support for a rich choice of application environments, smartphone platforms, user interface technologies, and connectivity standards.

Cerberus, Qualcomm in Talks to Join BlackBerry Bid with Co-Founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin

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Wall Street Journal just posted a story saying that Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, co-founders of Research In Motion, may jointly bid for BlackBerry along with support from Cerberus Capital Management. The WSJ cites the usual anonymous “people familiar with the matter”.
Qualcomm Inc., a maker of cellphone chips, is also in talks to join the potential Cerberus group, according to people familiar with the matter.

The jockeying among possible bidders comes on the eve of a Monday deadline for BlackBerry buyout offers. The Canadian company and its advisers set the deadline to coincide with one for Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. to solidify its preliminary offer for the company.

Fairfax, which owns a 10% BlackBerry stake and is led by former company director Prem Watsa, reached a tentative agreement in September to buy the company for $9 a share, or $4.7 billion.

The talks between Cerberus and Messrs. Lazaridis and Fregin underscores the seriousness of their consideration of a takeover of the company—even as such a tie-up would potentially eliminate a competitor from the sales process.