Harman has acquired QNX Software Systems, a maker of embedded software systems for $138 million.

Harman's better known in the Mac industry for its Harman Kardon subsidiary, which produces the Creature and Soundstick multimedia products for Mac.

This acquisition is motivated by the two comapnies interests in the automobile industry. QNX is a top provider of embedded operating systems for the automotive industry's tier-one suppliers.

Harman will maintain QNX as an independent unit and will allow the software maker to sell operating systems to Harman's competitors in the automotive market