BlackBerry Claims Infotainment Acoustic Breakthrough

BlackBerry is claiming an infotainment acoustic package that could deliver better controlled in-car sound while saving automaker costs and reducing time-to-market.

It’s QNX Amp 3.0 claims to bring together different speaker and microphone systems used in today’s smart cabins to reduce acoustic conflicts that can inflict feedback and echoes on passengers in certain situations. It claims to be a modular and flexible system that can allow chimes and safety alerts, to be added to notify the driver of an impending threat or vehicle condition, alongside a speaker management package to offer carmakers a cost effective one-stop acoustics shop from base level radios to premium audio.

Features include:

  • Automated tuning, diagnostic and sound-design tools for microphones and speakers;
  • Able to operate on low-cost application processor cores such as ARM® Cortex-A and Intel® x86/x64;
  • Support for virtualization for integration with Linux and Android guests;
  • Audio signal processing for speech recognition, telephony, high-resolution music reproduction, in-cabin speech enhancement, active noise control, sound-design and creation for both in-cabin reproduction and external pedestrian alerts, speaker cross-overs and cabin equalization.

Grant Courville, vice-president product management and strategy at BlackBerry QNX, said: “For automotive manufacturers, the need to meet increasing demands for in-car sound quality while incorporating new acoustic capabilities has resulted in increasing costs and complexity. Both the development savings and potential bill of materials cost reductions are significant, and will no doubt resonate with automakers.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_



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