QNX, the world leader of software platforms for in car electronics and subsidiary of BlackBerry, announced the introduction of QNX Acoustics For Voice 3.0. QNX's new software system will make driving and using the hands free device in your car easier, safer and a more user friendly experience. It also is compliant with the newest smartphone connectivity requirements.
QNX Raises the Bar for Hands-Free Communications in CarsSolution Enables Industry Transition to New Smartphone Connectivity Protocols That Demand High-Quality Voice Communications and Speech Recognition
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QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited and a global leader in software platforms for in-car electronics, today announced QNX® Acoustics for Voice 3.0, the newest addition to the company's portfolio of acoustics middleware products.
Designed to help hands-free and speech recognition systems deliver the highest quality user experience, QNX® Acoustics for Voice 3.0 offers advancements in echo cancellation, noise reduction, adaptive equalization, automatic gain control, and other features for narrowband and wideband speech processing. It also supports Wideband Plus speech processing to satisfy the demanding voice-quality requirements of the latest smartphone connectivity protocols for telephony, VoIP services, and speech recognition. QNX Acoustics for Voice 3.0 is based on QNX acoustics technology that has been road-proven in more than 20 million vehicles.
"Cars are inherently noisy, and noise is the mortal enemy of any hands-free or speech recognition system, whether that system is built into the car or brought in through a smartphone," said Grant Courville, director of product management, QNX Software Systems. "QNX Acoustics for Voice is specifically designed to filter out noise from tires, roads, fans, and vents, enabling clear, crisp speech voice communications that can lighten the cognitive load on the driver and reduce distraction."
Highly modular, QNX Acoustics for Voice 3.0 supports many advanced features, including:
-- High efficiency speech processing - Advanced algorithms use fewer
hardware CPU cycles when processing wideband and Wideband Plus speech,
freeing up CPU headroom for other acoustic or infotainment applications.
-- Diagnostic tools - To help speed time-to-market, the solution includes
an extensive diagnostic toolset to facilitate parameter tuning. QNX
Software Systems can also provide onsite experts to further help
customers tune their in-car solutions.
-- Automotive-grade echo cancellation and noise reduction (AEC/NR) - For
building full-duplex hands-free and speech recognition systems.
-- Design flexibility for targeting multiple vehicle lines - The solution
can work with a variety of speech recognizers, whether they are running
in the cloud and accessed through a smartphone, or embedded in the car.
It can also run on a variety of operating systems, processors, and DSPs,
enabling customers to migrate features across vehicle lines.
-- Choice of development libraries - The standard library supports both
narrow and wideband speech, at 8 kHz and 16 kHz sample rates,
respectively. The premium library supports these bandwidths and it also
supports Wideband Plus, with its wider range of audio frequencies, at a
24 kHz sample rate, enabling customers to address the voice processing
requirements of the latest smartphone connectivity protocols for the
-- Compliance with industry standards - Complies with Verband der
Automobilindustrie (VDA) ITU-T P.1100 and ITU-T P.1110 specifications
for hands-free systems.
QNX Acoustics for Voice 3.0 is scheduled for release in Q3 2014.
QNX at Telematics Detroit
From June 4 to 5, QNX Software Systems will showcase its latest technology concept car, a specially modified Mercedes-Benz CLA45, at the Telematics Detroit conference in Novi, Michigan. The car will feature the latest QNX acoustic technologies, together with a new digital instrument cluster that integrates with the car's infotainment system to provide fast, convenient access to local speed limits, traffic updates, turn-by-turn directions, and other dynamic information.
In addition, Derek Kuhn, vice president of sales and marketing, will participate in an executive panel on connected safety, and Alec Saunders, vice president of the company's cloud business, will deliver a keynote on transforming cars with cloud connectivity. For details, visit http://www.qnx.com/news/events/telematics2014.html.
About QNX Software Systems
QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry® Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), is a leading vendor of operating systems, automotive software, 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 is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in more than 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com, follow @QNX_News on Twitter, and visit www.face book.com/QNXSoftwareSystems. For updates on the company's automotive work, follow @QNX_Auto and visit qnxauto.blogspot.com.
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