QNX is a commercial Unix-like real-time operating system, aimed primarily at the embedded systems market. The product was originally developed by Canadian company QNX Software Systems with founders Gordon Bell and Dan Dodge, students at the University of Waterloo in 1980. QNX now powers the BlackBerry PlayBook and is the core operating system used in BlackBerry 10 as well as the QNX Car Platform.
The hub-and-spoke architecture of QNX allows for many applications to run simultaneously, securely and stably. The real-time, POSIX-compliant operating system was owned by Harman Technologies before being acquired by BlackBerry, and continues to be used in integrated automotive systems and industrial applications.
Jun 03, 2015
Intel and QNX team up to build a 'car of the future'
The TU-Automotive show seems to be a busy one for the BlackBerry team, as QNX and Intel have announced a new partnership in which they hope to build a "car of the future." Under this new partnership, Intel will work with QNX to accelerate development of technology used in infotainment systems, digital instrument clusters, and advanced driver assistance systems.
Jun 02, 2015
QNX-powered Ford Sync 3 infotainment system launching on 2016 Escape and Fiesta
Ford unveiled its brand-new QNX powered Sync 3 infotainment system late last year and while it has been a bit of a wait, they've now announced the first batch of vehicles to come loaded with the new technology. Arriving this summer on the 2016 Ford Escape and Fiesta, Sync 3 has been designed to work along the same lines as your phone or tablet, with plenty of big icons and swipe navigation.
Apr 06, 2015
Watch the replay of the QNX Wireless Framework webinar
On March 26th, QNX hosted a webinar for software developers, software engineering managers, and others involved in building connected embedded systems to outline how the QNX Wireless Framework can be used for rapid cellular and Wi-Fi integration and faster time to market for embedded system applications but if missed out on tuning into the hour-long webinar, you can now catch the replay.
Mar 25, 2015
QNX hosting webinar on applying smartphone wireless technology to connected embedded systems
QNX recently unveiled their QNX Wireless Framework, which enables rapid cellular and Wi-Fi integration and faster time to market for embedded system applications by allowing embedded systems developers to make cellular and Wi-Fi hardware changes without having to rewrite software or how apps run. On March 26th, they'll be hosting a webinar for software developers, software engineering managers, and others involved in building connected embedded systems to outline how that framework can be used.
Mar 06, 2015
QNX-equipped Solar Impulse 2 readies for round-the-world solar-powered flight
On Monday, March 9th, the Solar Impulse 2, a one-of-a-kind airplane that runs exclusively on solar power, will take off from Abu Dhabi and set course for a round-the-world flight. This isn't just any regular flight. It is the first attempt to fly around the world using only the power of the sun through the Solar Impulse 2's 17,248 solar panels covering a 72-metre wingspan. The solar panels will recharge lithium batteries that also allow the plane to fly at night.
Feb 24, 2015
QNX Wireless Framework brings smartphone-caliber connectivity to Embedded Systems
This week, at Embedded World 2015, QNX Software Systems will showcase its latest product developments for embedded developers but they've already got the news rolling. Following up on their QNX Hypervisor announcement, they've now announced the QNX Wireless Framework, which enables rapid cellular and Wi-Fi integration and faster time to market for embedded system applications.
Feb 18, 2015
QNX Hypervisor allows critical & non-critical apps to run on a single, consolidated system
Ahead of Embedded World 2015, QNX has just unveiled the QNX Hypervisor 1.0, a realtime Type 1 hypervisor for medical devices, industrial automation systems, and automotive applications such as car infotainment systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and digital instrument clusters.
Feb 10, 2015
QNX to showcase products at Embedded World 2015
Embedded World 2015 takes place in Nuremberg, Germany on February 24 - 26th and QNX will be there to showcase their technology through customer products for medical, automotive, the home and more. The list below highlights what all will be featured at the event, but keen eyes will notice the fact QNX plans to showcase a brand new QNX product in an automotive demo with Texas Instruments.
Jan 07, 2015
In the drivers seat with the QNX Maserati Quattroporte at #CES2015
During CES 2015, we once again got a chance to check out the latest concept car from QNX. The year the team outfitted a killer Maserati Quattroporte with a slew of connected tech — from the side mirror screens down to the expansive dash cluster. As in previous years, the car has been stripped of many stock parts, and they've been swapped out for various touch screen panels that show off gauges, views of the outdoor cameras, and controls for all the vehicles main functions.
Jan 05, 2015
Take a look at the building of the QNX 2015 Maserati Quattroporte GTS concept car!
Although BlackBerry CEO John Chen let the cat out of the bag a slight bit by telling everyone QNX would be showing off a connected Maserati decked out with the latest gear from the company and their technology partners, he stopped short of mentioning which model of Maserati we'd be seeing as the QNX 2015 technology concept car.
We now know the Maserati Quattroporte GTS was chosen, so have a look at how it was built and some of the technology that went into it in the video above. You can also hop down below to get a closer look at the inside and some of the technology functions built-in.
Dec 11, 2014
Ford unveils its QNX-powered Sync 3 entertainment and connected car system
Ford officially revealed its plans for Sync 3, the newest version of its entertainment and connected car system, earlier today. The new version is powered at the core by BlackBerry's QNX software, a change we expected was coming at some point. The car maker says that it will start appearing in its new vehicles sometime in 2015.
Sep 11, 2014
QNX-powered Audi Virtual Cockpit wins CTIA '2014 Hot for the Holidays' award
CTIA Super Mobility Week is wrapping up at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas and the folks from QNX are celebrating yet another win in the connected car category. This time around, the new Audi Virtual Cockpit, which is based on the QNX OS, has won first prize in the 2014 CTIA Hot for the Holidays awards.
Created in 2009, the Hot for the Holidays award categories identify and celebrate the hottest mobile consumer electronics products and applications for the holiday season. Winners are celebrated as the "must-buy gifts" for people of all ages during the 2014 holiday season!
On hand to accept the award, which can be viewed below, was Andrew Poliak of QNX Software Systems. Another awesome win for QNX in the books, always nice to see. Congrats to the QNX team!
Aug 20, 2014
QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control wins Silver Stevie award
Over the years, the QNX team has won many awards for their products and service offerings and this year is no different. QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control, their high-performance software solution for engine noise reduction in passenger vehicles has won a Silver Stevie Award in the software category after having received more than 3,500 nominations this year from dozens of countries.
Aug 05, 2014
Here's how QNX looked in 1999 running off a 1.44MB floppy
For a lot of folks, QNX is something new mostly unheard of and as we noted earlier, they work behind the scenes to make cool things we all come across in our daily lives and don't often collect much credit for it. Until BlackBerry acquired the company, a lot of QNX talk was held to the hardcore computer community, BBS boards and even mailing lists but now interest in the organization is growing.
As people become more familiar with QNX and the history, there's more eyes out there looking for information surrounding the company as well and when CrackBerry Forums member, edyb, came across a floppy labeled QNX he decided to fire it up and find out what exactly it contained.
Jul 15, 2014
QNX releases update to QNX OS for Medical
BlackBerry's QNX today announced a new release of its software platform for medical devices that is now IEC 62304-Compliant. The QNX OS for Medical 1.1 is based on QNX OS technology field-proven in an array of systems for angiography, proton therapy, laser eye surgery, hemodynamic monitoring, and other critical healthcare applications. The OS supports both single-core and multi-core devices based on ARMv7 and Intel x86 processors, and it offers API compatibility with other members of the QNX OS family, enabling a high degree of software re-use.
"When it comes to medical device software, the OS sets the tone: unless it provides the architecture to enable reliable operation and a clear audit trail to substantiate claims about its dependability, the entire process of device approval can be put in jeopardy," said Grant Courville, director of product management at QNX Software Systems. "By providing an OS that has been independently verified to comply with the IEC 62304 standard, we are helping manufacturers reduce the cost and effort of developing devices that require regulatory approval from agencies such as the FDA, MDD, and MHRA."
QNX OS for Medical 1.1 is available now and is a component of QNX Software Systems' broader medical offering, which includes proven-in-use data, hazard and risk analyses, on-site audits, training courses in safe design, and professional engineering services. Customers can also choose from a rich of complement of QNX technologies.
Jul 09, 2014
QNX hosting Project Ion webinar July 10th, learn more about the Internet of Things
Curious and want to know more about Project Ion along with the 'Internet of Things'? If so, QNX is hosting a webinar on July 10 at 1 p.m. ET that might help you get a better feeling for it all. Although it's going to be focused on how Project Ion can transform your business, it's worth tuning into to learn more and it's open to everyone.
Ford is reportedly ready to ditch Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry's QNX car platform in future upgrades of its in-car Sync system. Ford has had various issues with their MyFord and Sync systems over the last few years, bringing down their quality ratings and causing them to seek other options for their vehicle infotainment systems. They are said to be making the switch to the QNX platform for...
While Adam was busy checking out the Mercedes CLA45 AMG at CES 2014, Audi was busy showing off their use of the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment in the 2015 Audi TT by introducing the new user-programmable instrument cluster (FPK). The display is no longer a separate piece of equipment in the car, instead the whole instrument cluster itself is a display offering the driver everything they...
Leading up to CES 2014, the QNX blog started up a new series called 'CES Cars of Fame' that takes a look back at all the concept cars to come out of the QNX garage. In total, seven cars have been added to the CES Cars of Fame series and now with the two latest vehicles unveiled – the modified Mercedes CLA45 AMG along with the modified Kia Soul.
QNX is asking for everyone to vote on their...
On the Inside BlackBerry Blog today, CEO John Chen introduced QNX Software Systems' new Cloud business. The dedicated group will be a part of QNX and will "support the Internet of Things" — bringing solutions for embedded platforms, networks and devices as well as machine to device interaction. The group will work alongside the existing organizations that already serve the embedded market and...
This year at CES the QNX team had no just one, but two new cars to show off. The Porsche and Bentley are back in the garage and replacing them is a Kia Soul and a sweet Mercedes CLA45 AMG. I had the pleasure of strapping into the drivers seat of both cars to check out all of the awesome tech QNX packed in this year.
Inside the Kia was a plethora of QNX Acoustics technology including QNX...
Just in case you thought QNX was done, there's more. They've now teamed up with HERE, a Nokia business, to add support for Here Auto into the QNX Car Platform offering car owners a fantastic navigation application and access to the bundled services such weather, parking availability, traffic, fuel price and payment services, and more.
As cars evolve into the ultimate connected device,...
Aside from the fresh QNX Technology Concept Car based on a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, QNX has also done some with with Qualcomm on the QNX Jeep Wrangler and will be showing off the first automotive implementation of the complete Snapdragon Automotive Solutions.
We're excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies on their entry into the automotive infotainment market," said Derek Kuhn, Vice...
The team from QNX is once again on the ground at CES, and this year they'll not only show off one car, but three. The trio of rides includes two technology concept cars and the QNX reference vehicle.
A Mercedes CLA45 AMG will be outfitted with all kinds of QNX goodies including vehicle-to-vehicle calling, multiple navigation engines, rear-seat interaction and more. A Kia Soul will be showing...
Posted by Chris Umiastowski on 31 Dec 2013 2:01 pm EST
This week the world of mobile computing turned its attention to the automobile industry because of fresh headlines that Google has signed a deal with Audi to power its in-car entertainment and information systems.
This isn’t a new topic, obviously. Last October I had a conversation with a hard working Bay Street analyst who told me he’d been talking to plenty of car manufacturers and many of...
The QNX team again has a hand in some new car tech, this time for engine noise reduction in vehicles. The QNX Acoustics for Active Noise Control integrates with current vehicle infotainment systems and uses existing audio hardware. Rather than having a standalone unit, the system is able to reduce engine noise without added costs to both manufacturers and car buyers.
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