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QNX Raises the Bar for Hands-Free Communications in Cars

Solution enables industry transition to new smartphone connectivity protocols that demand high-quality voice communications and speech recognition

DETROIT, Telematics Detroit Conference, June 4, 2014 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 companys 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:


Availability
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 cars 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.facebook.com/QNXSoftwareSystems. For updates on the company's automotive work, follow @QNX_Auto and vist qnxauto.blogspot.com.


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