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Active noise control coming to Mopars?

by David Zatz on

QNX, a division of Blackberry which supplies software to Chrysler for UConnect, has developed a new system that “reduces engine harmonics below 150 Hz” by using information from the car computer and microphones. It then generates anti-noise signals (equal in magnitude and opposite in phase to the noise) through the car’s existing speakers. While such systems exist in high-end cars today, they generally rely on hardware processing, while this is a (mostly) software solution which taps existing software and signal processors.

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The QNX system was designed to deal with changes in the number of passengers and cargo in the vehicle, seat positions, temperature, and such. It provides automaker with a choice of using a master calibration among many cars, or individually calibrating each car on the assembly line.

The company claims that a three-microphone, three-speaker setup uses under 25K of RAM and can has less than a 22 MHz CPU load while processing an engine order.

While there have been no reports of Chrysler using the technology, it could make its way into high-end Chrysler vehicles such as the 300C and Grand Cherokee, or be used by Alfa Romeo and Maserati, which share Chrysler’s QNX-based UConnect systems.

Thanks, Mike Volkmann.

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