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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:43 pm    Post subject: Nav N Go announce strategic partnership with QNX Reply with quote

Nav N Go are well known for the innovative implementation of the 3D mapping solution iGO8. Although we saw the embryonic iGO8 at CeBIT last year it has yet to be released on the PDA standalone platform. However a number of OEM partners including Mio have released it.

We were most impressed with the implementation we were shown last year Nav N Go did an excellent job of optimising the mapping and graphics to allow iGO8 to run on SmartPhones and PNDs. 3D graphics are a heavy consumer of resources for a small system and this is where the strategic partnership with QNX comes in. QNX specialise in creating operating systems for realtime embedded hardware. This means that the system can be optimised for fast high end graphics processors enabling faster smoother rendering of 3D images.

For more details as we get them click here to check the CeBIT blog.

Official Nav N Go Press Release wrote:

Nav N Go and QNX to announce strategic partnership at CeBIT 2008

Unique Multi Media Experience for Next Generation Personal Navigation Devices

CeBIT Hannover, March 4, 2008 Nav N Go, one of the leading GPS navigation solution providers, today announced that it is working with QNX Software Systems, the industry leader in real-time, embedded OS technology, to address the growing demand for detailed, yet easy-to-use navigation solutions for in-car and portable navigation devices. Nav N Gos enhanced 3D navigation software, Nav N Go iGO8, integrated in QNXs fault-tolerant architecture will leverage their individual strengths to cost effectively bring high-end form and function to next generation navigation systems. Visitors of CeBIT trade show can get a 1:1 demo of the new embedded 3D solution live at Nav N Gos booth G14 in hall 14.

As the market becomes increasingly flooded with low-cost navigation solutions, quality and multi-media capabilities have become the key differentiators for leading brands. Therefore, we welcome QNX's leadership in the automotive sector, and bringing an embedded solution to the mass market together, said Leon van de Pas, CEO of Nav N Go.

With the combined solution, with Nav N Gos navigational software on top of QNXs operating system, customers can easily improve the capabilities of their personal navigation devices. The solution provides end users with a rich set of options for displaying and overlaying maps, control buttons, MP3 and other digital media. QNX can also leverage its Adobe Flash player to blend Flash content with the N Go iGO8 software. Further, the new solution enables seeking smooth, lightning-fast image rendering of streets, 3D cityscapes, or even birds eye view of roadways. The solution currently runs on popular automotive and consumer grade hardware platforms.

As navigation systems become increasingly complex and multimodal to include such compute-intense functions such as 3D mapping, speech technologies, and connectivity to off-board services and devices, QNX is uniquely positioned to best meet these needs, said Andrew Poliak, Automotive Business Development Manager for QNX Software Systems. This partnership is very ideal as QNX has more than 25 years experience with ultra critical devices in the automotive sector that need to be up and running reliably and Nav N Go delivers an industry leading 3D navigation software.

Nav N Go iGO8 provides an integrated multimedia experience, with a built-in music and video player and travel guides. With an interface that is clear, intuitive and easy to use, Nav N Go iGO8 includes a simple mode for less experienced users, and an expert mode for advanced ones. The software comes with text-to-speech capability that offers directions with real city, street and highway names.

Key success features comprise easy portability to different hardware and OS platforms, its powerful compression technology and full customization capabilities of both user interface and workflow.

Known for its precise and affordable digital maps, Nav N Go iGO8 covers more than 70 countries globally with navigable maps since recently including also Australia, Argentina, Cyprus and India. Due to the recent acquisition of Topmap, a Hungarian digital map provider, Nav N Go is able to support local map providers also in those regions where leading providers have no or only limited map coverage so far.

Mike Barrett
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