Centrality Communications and QNX Bring Portable Navigation to the Masses with Affordable GPS System-on-Chip Platform

OTTAWA, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- QNX Software Systems, the global leader in operating systems and middleware for the in-car telematics and infotainment market, and Centrality Communications Inc., the leading provider of navigation infotainment system (NIS) system-on-chip platforms, today announced a strategic alliance to enhance the development of portable navigation systems. This integrated offering will accelerate development of affordable, next-generation navigation systems by reducing costs and lowering system complexity.

"Through this alliance with QNX, the Atlas II and Atlas III navigation processor platforms gain the performance, reliability, and scalability to provide best-in-class system-on-chip solutions for portable navigation systems," said David Wang, director of marketing for Centrality Communications. "Already implemented in a variety of navigation and multimedia solutions, these platforms offer advanced navigation infotainment systems for a variety of devices. We look forward to encouraging further development of the personal navigation market with the general availability of this fast-to-market solution."

Under the alliance, the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) RTOS will support the Centrality Atlas II and Atlas III navigation processors, which offer high functional integration, multimedia capability, and fast GPS signal acquisition, while maintaining the lowest possible system costs. The integrated solution delivers full-featured navigation and personal multimedia by incorporating features such as a high-speed ARM926EJ processor, digital signal processor (DSP), GPS baseband, 3D graphics, and a NAND flash bootloader - all in an affordable and easily deployable solution.

"From in-vehicle telematics to cell phones and other portable devices, consumers are expecting navigation systems to be readily available," said Andrew Poliak, automotive segment manager at QNX Software Systems. "By collaborating with Centrality Communications, we are creating an affordable portable navigation platform that can power all devices, fulfilling the demand for these solutions and driving prices down for the general public."

As part of this collaborative relationship, QNX will release a board support package (BSP) designed to accelerate development of portable navigation systems based on the Atlas II and Atlas III platforms.

About the Atlas II and Atlas III Navigation Processor Platforms

The Atlas II and Atlas III offer navigation infotainment system (NIS) companies flexibility in supporting high-end multimedia/navigation combinations. Whether the product is a pure navigation solution or an integrated multimedia navigation product, the Atlas II and Atlas III platforms provide a solution for leading navigation.

About Centrality Communications

Centrality Communications is a fabless semiconductor systems company based in Redwood City, Calif., and with major facilities in Shanghai and Taipei. Centrality's Atlas(TM) family of navigation processors delivers the new standard in features and value for the navigation infotainment system (NIS) market. By leveraging Centrality's suite of reference platforms, leading NIS manufacturers deliver compelling products and services to market quickly. For more information, please visit www.centralitycomm.com.

About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems, a Harman International company (NYSE: HAR), is the industry leader in realtime, embedded OS technology. The component-based architectures of the QNX(R) Neutrino(R) RTOS and QNX Momentics(R) development suite together provide the industry's most reliable and scalable framework for building innovative, high-performance embedded systems. Global leaders such as Cisco, DaimlerChrysler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, medical instruments, vehicle telematics units, security and defense systems, industrial robotics, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and distributes products in over 100 countries worldwide.

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