A day after a media report suggested it has suspended hiring, Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems announced Tuesday it has reached a deal with global electronics giant Panasonic to provide in-car entertainment systems for automakers in North America, Europe and Japan.
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Derek Kuhn, QNX vice-president of sales and marketing
The two companies also announced plans to collaborate on researching and developing more advanced in-car applications.
“Panasonic is a major innovator in vehicle infotainment, and we are absolutely thrilled to support their development efforts,” Derek Kuhn, vice-president of sales and marketing for QNX, said in a statement.
“Panasonic is creating exciting products with the QNX CAR platform, and we are proud to help contribute to their efforts and success.”Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A subsidiary of BlackBerry, which acquired it for $200 million in 2011, QNX employs about 400 people at its local division in Kanata.
BlackBerry announced this week it was launching a review of its “strategic alternatives,” which the company’s board of directors said could lead to the company being sold. Some analysts have speculated that the company may go private.
It’s still unclear exactly how the review is affecting operations at QNX. A report in the Ottawa Citizen suggested that the company, which had been expanding in recent months, has suspended all hiring with its parent company in the midst of restructuring.
Company officials would not say Tuesday whether the Panasonic deal would lead to more jobs at QNX.
“We don’t comment on how much contracts such as this will affect hiring,” said QNX spokesperson Paul Leroux. “That being said, we do have unfilled positions in Ottawa that we are working to staff.”