QNX Announces First RTOS to Help Device Manufacturers Achieve Both Safety and Security Certification

Certified Plus can save customers time and expense by speeding rigorous certification processes and help accelerate their time to market

Embedded World (Stand 11-324), Nuremberg, Germany, March 1, 2011 — QNX Software Systems Co., a global leader in operating systems and middleware for connected embedded systems, today announced the first realtime operating system (RTOS) to provide both safety and security certification, allowing manufacturers of mission-critical systems to significantly reduce the time and expense of certifying their end-products, including medical, automotive, and industrial devices.

QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS) Certified Plus™ is the only RTOS to offer both IEC 61508 certification at Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL 3) and Common Criteria ISO/IEC 15408 certfication at Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL 4+).

“QNX Neutrino RTOS Certified Plus is an industry first, providing a significant competitive advantage to device manufacturers who must address rigorous demands for safety and security,” stated Derek Kuhn, vice president, sales and marketing, QNX Software Systems. “Our engineers have delivered the first product offering combining safety and security certification that can change the way companies bring products to market by reducing the time and expense required for them to get their end-products certified.”

Many of the systems vital to our daily living, work, and health are now controlled by software running on microprocessors embedded in cars, medical devices, power plants, and the energy grid. As the software complexity of these systems increases, so does the need for software components certified to meet stringent dependability and security requirements — these systems cannot fail.

Certification to IEC 61508 SIL 3 provides independent validation that QNX Neutrino RTOS Certified Plus delivers a very high level of reliability and risk reduction when used in safety-critical systems for medical, transportation, energy generation, process control, and other industries. Certification to the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation provides validation from a certified laboratory that QNX Neutrino RTOS Certified Plus fulfills the functional security requirements and the enhanced methodologies and security controls required for EAL 4+.

Designed for systems that have low tolerance for failure, QNX Neutrino RTOS Certified Plus employs a modular microkernel architecture in which applications, device drivers, file systems, and networking stacks all run as separate, memory-protected components. It is the only certified RTOS to support the parallelism necessary for successful multi-core designs. It also supports adaptive partitioning, an efficient form of CPU time partitioning that prevents malicious code and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks from monopolizing the CPU.

QNX Neutrino RTOS Certified Plus is also POSIX-compliant, which allows application developers great flexibility to port applications to the platform.

Availability

QNX Neutrino RTOS Certified Plus will be available in Q2 2011. For more information, please send email to certified_plus@qnx.com.

QNX Embedded World Booth — Demonstration Highlights

QNX Software Systems will present the following demonstrations this week at Embedded World:

  • Medical Reference Demo — Showcases a flexible Human Machine Interface (HMI), connectivity to Continua Certified™ medical devices, and wireless connectivity to a BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
  • Interactive Home Security Demo — Broadband home management solution from iControl Networks enables homeowners to see and control their home, including security and energy systems, via the Internet, mobile devices, and in-home touch screens.
  • QNX CAR™ Application Platform Demo — Includes digital instrument cluster, multimedia console, re-skinnable HMI, hands-free calling, streaming audio, Webkit browsing, and device connectivity to smartphones and other devices.



QNX Speakers at Embedded World Conference

  • Tuesday, March 1, 10:00–10:30 — The Joy of Scheduling
  • Wednesday, March 2, 14:15–15:00 — In-Field Debugging: Diagnosing Software Faults While Maintaining Availability
  • Thursday, March 3, 11:30–12:30 — Using an IEC 61508-Certified RTOS Kernel for Safety-Critical Systems



About QNX Software Systems

QNX Software Systems Co., a subsidiary of Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM; TSX:RIM), is a leading vendor of operating systems, middleware, development tools, and professional services for the embedded systems market. Global leaders such as Cisco, Daimler, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens depend on QNX technology for network routers, vehicle telematics units, industrial control systems, medical instruments, security and defense systems, and other mission- or life-critical applications. Founded in 1980, QNX Software Systems Co. is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada; its products are distributed in over 100 countries worldwide. Visit www.qnx.com.

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