Announcing Two New Sponsors: QNX and RIM!

EcoCAR 2 is proud to announce two bronze-level sponsors: QNX and its parent company, Research in Motion (RIM). QNX will provide the operating system used in the Freescale center stack teams are implementing in their vehicles. The company will also offer technical support and training throughout the next two-plus years of the competition. RIM will work with EcoCAR 2 teams to engage them in the BlackBerry® Academic Program, which helps colleges and universities around the world offer courses in administering and supporting the BlackBerry® solution and development for the BlackBerry platform.

Over the past 30 years, QNX software has become a big part of everyday life. People encounter QNX-controlled systems whenever they drive, shop, watch TV, use the Internet, or even turn on a light. Its ultra-reliable nature means QNX software is the preferred choice for life-critical systems such as air traffic control systems, surgical equipment, and nuclear power plants. And its cool multimedia features have QNX software turning up in everything from in-dash radios and infotainment systems to the latest casino gaming terminals. Through the company’s embedded market specialization and proven expertise, QNX has become a trusted partner to the world’s largest device manufacturers and systems integrators. Developers rely on feature-rich QNX® Neutrino® RTOS and the highly-integrated QNX® Momentics® development suite to accelerate time to market, and a broad range of engineering services such as flexible support programs, professional training, expert consulting, and custom engineering help customers speed every stage of their development cycle. QNX is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited.

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements.

“I believe that the addition of QNX as a EcoCAR sponsor will greatly improve the experience students receive when participating in EcoCAR 2, especially those who are developing reconfigurable Center Stack and Instrument Cluster units,” said John Cotner, field applications engineer at Freescale Semiconductor. “The QNX CAR 2 application platform running on the Freescale i.MX6Q processor that is being supplied to the EcoCAR 2 teams represents a true state of the art hardware / software platform for automotive graphical systems.  From QNX, the teams will not only receive the Neutrino Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) that is very popular in automotive applications, they will also have access to a HTML5 framework and many advanced applications such as voice recognition, navigation, media player interface, Bluetooth / WiFi connectivity, etc.”

Please join us in welcoming QNX and RIM to the EcoCAR 2 family!